I started camping with Hookahdome since my newbie days in 2001. I am seriously pleased to see positive comments like these. Thank you. :)
One of my favorite moments with the camp this year was when the Man burned. A number of us stayed behind at the camp and watched it from the Esplanade. Chris, our Duke of Sound, put on some Sigur Ros and Ulrich Schnauss, turning the normally primal crazy burn into a chilled pensive event. It was like a Saturday and Sunday burn all rolled into one, which is great for me, because I often have to miss the Sunday burn.
Once the Man came down, we watched the lights and people spread back out across the Playa. Folks streamed towards the hookahdome, and we came back inside with everyone. Then Cheb i Sabah started his set that went on into the night...
Anyway, hopefully I can answer some of the questions raised about the music style without getting too wordy.
The camp itself, with the hookahs, tea and nibbles is based on arabic/middle eastern hospitality, so we try to match the music to that, whether it's arabic and indian fusion beats, or downtempo chill out.
When the group was first forming, there was an in-house group of DJs, all friends with each other because of their bay area tech jobs, and they played a lot of Tipsy, Fila Brazillia, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Laika, Boards of Canada, that genre. DJ Fitz called it Tasty Beats at some point, and the name seemed to fit.
So, we aspire to have tasty shishah, tasty tea, and tasty beats. The music itself still ranges from ambient chill, to arabesque, and sometimes a little quirky, but above all should be Tasty.
We are very lucky to have met and grown friendships over the years with additional DJs who also enjoy playing in this genre.
Julz, who was referenced in an earlier comment, helped develop the DJ relationships along with Mattpaul (who wasn't with us this year). If you have questions about some of the specific people, I can help defer those questions to her.
And if you have questions about the theme of the group, and the feel of the music, I can try to help you, PM me! I'm always keen to spread some of that Tasty Beat love.
I hope that helps.