Chaithanya Jade: Where Music Meets Poetry & Philosophy


Restoring faith in the cumulative effort of cultivating a universal cultural expression, music has enabled many of those who wished to explore and re-discover reality through varied perspectives. Displaying a continuum of human spirit at the core of a strong artistic identity, Chaithanya Jade’s musical exploration is a synchronous merge of poetry and philosophy. “To create something good, you need to have a strong sense of identity. And that stems from how someone’s thinking, which is influenced by philosophy. I guess all great musicians would make excellent philosophers,” said the Bangalore-based musician whose foray into the world of post rock, experimental and electronica with Superflow and Until We Last has enabled him to deepen his understanding of the different realms of intangible musical expression.


NEWS - 27. November 2015   CITY - Bangalore ARTIST - Until We Last

An Octave Higher – Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2015

NH7 Weekender 2015 – Shilong

With Amit Trivedi headlining the Bacardi NH7 Weekender last year, India’s platform for showcasing ‘indie’ talent received unabashed criticism. There have also been those who brazenly point out certain artists being repeated and receiving preferential treatment. And then there are those who show constant support to the festival for being a springboard for unknown/first-time performers.


NEWS - 28. October 2015  

FXS: Tracing The Evolution of Pakistan’s Electronica Collective

FXS promotion on the streets of Karachi

As disembodied sounds start coming through the speakers, the start of my interview with founders of Pakistani electronica collective Forever South, was about matching the voices to the reputations.

Did the reedy voice belong to the loquacious Haamid Rahim, aka Dynoman, conductor of this orchestra, waving his baton to directions south?

Was the decidedly dudish voice that of sound engineer and musician Bilal Nasir Khan, aka Rudoh?


NEWS - 19. October 2015   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - Forever South

Good Kid Mad City: Naezy’s Quest to Disrupt the Mainstream


One afternoon in late June, I made my way across to Mubarak Complex, LIG Colony, a residential complex situated in Kurla West, North Mumbai. Ramadan, the annual month-long observance followed by Muslims worldwide had just begun and preparations were in full swing for the evening feast. Children were playing on the street, waiting for their turn on a miniature Ferris wheel that was being operated by a young man.


NEWS - 08. October 2015   CITY - Mumbai ARTIST - Naezy


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The cumulative growth of Bangladesh’s electronica scene has been surprisingly fast and strong, while still managing to remain true to organic structures and communal spirit.

In just about four years, what started as a platform based in Dhaka has now expanded to other cities in Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi diaspora also remains an integral part of the movement, adding new, interesting flavours and dimensions to the sounds. And today, it looks like Dhaka Electronica Scene is taking shape as a community for all of Bangladesh – extending beyond borders and cities – building a space that is striving to look for the ‘Bengali’ sound that reflects upon its political, social, economic narrative through time.


NEWS - 23. September 2015   CITY - Dhaka

Border Movement Initiates New Series Of Programs In South Asia & Berlin With A Residency In Tehran


The last 3 years of Border Movement have witnessed a range of workshops, events and residencies in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Germany. This year sees Border Movement as a project evolve into a series of unique bespoke residencies for artists based in South Asia and Germany: the Border Movement Residency (BMR)

We’re excited to initiate this series of residencies with Berlin based musician Anika who will spend the next four weeks in Tehran collaborating with local artists, exchanging ideas and getting a taste of the local scene. She will perform as part of the 5th Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition TADAEX.

Check out Anika’s self titled debut which was produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow to critical acclaim: and keep your eyes peeled as we share Anika’s journey in Iran on Border Movement.

BMR is made possible by the Goethe-Institut, Wild City, Ableton and Musicboard Berlin.



NEWS - 16. September 2015   ARTIST - Anika

Tehran: SET Festival 2015

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While Iran is no stranger to electronic and experimental music, the revolution certainly caused it to stagnate for many years. Only in the last 5-years has the scene started to move and develop again. Iran’s musical space is comprised of a community that is now consistently putting out ambient, IDM and experimental electronic releases of a high quality via (predominantly) international and some domestic labels. It is however a scene that lacks the local infrastructure of a music industry: suitable venues, technicians, industry-folk and most importantly, a local audience. Furthermore, organizing concerts involves the mandatory permissions from the ministry of culture (which is no easy task), or hosting it in secrecy from both the ministry and the police.


NEWS - 08. September 2015  

A Cross-Cultural Millennium

Taking a closer look at the new sounds, producers and direction electronic music is taking in the UK-Asian scene.

It was a hot summer evening and the auditorium was filling up fast. Musician Shrikant Sriramaka Shri known for his dexterous bass playing skills and equally dynamic production, was performing that evening at the NCPA. Shri was born into a musical family in Mumbai where he studied tabla for almost 14 years. He soon started sculpting his own sound experimenting with the guitar, flute and bass before moving to the UK where he eventually grew into the well-respected musician he is today. The NCPA concert organised by the British Council was the first in a series of alternative electronic music events that were held in Mumbai.


NEWS - 02. September 2015  

Nepal: The Rise of Electronic Music in the Himalayas

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Disclaimer: This article was written before the devastating series of earthquakes in April/May 2015 in Nepal. Resulting from local initiatives and international support, Kathmandu is recovering slowly and efforts to rebuild continue. And as life gets back to more regular terms in the capital, the need to connect with friends and family is also growing, whether at fundraiser events, discussions, art forums or music festivals.

Nepal is an intriguing place to discover. The country has more than 2000 years of history and culture, numerous traditions and languages created by an ethnic melting pot. In a nutshell, it’s a cultural haven for seekers and seers of all kinds, and its aura of spirituality and adventure is something mainstream western society has been exploring since the 1960s.


NEWS - 26. August 2015  

Björn´s Legacy


Bjorn Ketels sees himself as the middle man; a broker of cultural exchanges.

He sells himself short.

For a non-artist, his role in the development of contemporary art and electronic music in Sri Lanka has been immeasurable. He is one of the Goethe Institut’s greatest assets in this region at present, perhaps sent by mere chance, to an island whose shores now vibrate at a higher frequency for having had him.


NEWS - 21. August 2015   CITY - Colombo

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