“It’s a dictatorship, and creativity is the dictator” – Ish Shehrawat On Sound Reasons Festival

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Who is Ish Shehrawat?

When asked a simple question – “how did the Sound Reasons record label and festival first come about?” – he offers no straight answers.

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NEWS - 24. November 2016   ARTIST - diFfuSed beats

City Profile: Ahmedabad

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Uddipan Sarmah is the frontman of Aswekeepsearching, a post-rock outfit from Ahmedabad and one of the few acts from the city to have broken out from the scene there. The band released their second album ‘Khwaab’ in October last year to much acclaim and followed this with a 5 date tour around Russia. Sarmah is also one-half of the brains behind popular indie series 2Stroke Tour, where he organises national tours for multiple bands.

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NEWS - 11. November 2016   ARTIST - aswekeepsearching

What’s Holding Back Live Music In Kolkata?

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In a country as populated as India, a niche is quantifiably a mass – and if you’re not reaching out to them, you’re missing out. Especially as an artist. Tall claims to make, but fair to apply when it comes to the context of our little alternative music scene here. While certain places around the country are bubbling, some which held promise earlier, are slow to pick up the pace. One such example is my hometown, Kolkata.

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NEWS - 03. November 2016   CITY - Kolkata

From Classical Piano To Experimental Techno: How Nene Hatun Discovered Electronic Music

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Earlier this year, we were proud to announce the launch of a new residency initiative: BMR. Over the course of 2016 – BMR hosted 3 South Asian artists in Berlin for 2 months, and will see Berlin-based artist Nene Hatun take part in a bespoke residency program in India.

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NEWS - 01. November 2016   CITY - Berlin ARTIST - Nene Hatun Project - Border Movement Residency

Kalab’s ‘Ank’: The Unholiness Of Fractalised Repetitions

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A few months ago, Ujjwal Agarwal and Eric Erre found themselves living in the same house in Kreuzberg, Berlin, owned by Andi Teichmann, one-half of  Gebrüder Teichmann. Agarwal — also known as Kala/Kalab — was there for two months, from April till June, as part of the Border Movement Residency. Erre, a visual artist from Mexico with a strong DIY aesthetic, was in town having been invited to do the visuals for a gig held to launch the ‘Karachi Files’ album, released by the label NOLAND.

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NEWS - 28. October 2016   CITY - Berlin ARTIST - KALAB Project - BMR Berlin#1 2016

Igniting Brown Pride: Why the New Swet Shop Boys LP ‘Cashmere’ is the Most Important Hip-Hop Album of the Year

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In the beginning, there was Bend It Like Beckham. Gurinder Chadha’s 2002 sleeper hit was, and still remains, one of the essential contributions to urban brown culture. In Jess, the lead character portrayed by Punjabi-British actress Parminder Nagra, I felt like I’d found an accurate portrayal of my South Asian life. Granted, it felt a bit weird – me being a middle-class Punjabi chubby 10-year old boy from Delhi finding solace in the struggles of a Hounslow-based girl who, like me, liked David Beckham, and who, like me, wanted something different from the mundane, stereotypical brown life so many of my peers seemed condemned to. Bend It Like Beckham was also my first introduction to racism – in a pivotal scene, a white girl calls Jess ‘Paki’ – a derogatory racial slur commonly used against people of South Asian origin in Britain.

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NEWS - 20. October 2016   ARTIST - Swet Shop Boys

Technology, Human Error and Love: Inside Donn Bhat’s ‘Connected’

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Donn Bhatt just put out his third album, ‘Connected’, on 28 September. Two weeks later, any nervousness on his part seems to have been allayed by an outpouring of love for it on social media. “I’m surprised at how many folks have been sharing it, talking about it and writing in to let me know what they think”, he says, in a tone completely beside the brooding drawl we hear on the album. In any case, there’s no room left for anxiety.

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NEWS - 12. October 2016   CITY - Mumbai ARTIST - Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator

Understanding Sandunes, By Way Of ‘Downstream’

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That Sanaya Ardeshir has been hard at work over the last year, is known to anyone who may have followed her music even in the slightest. The direction her two-step, future garage-y music is taking, the different rooms she plays out to, and the quality of her collaborators are all indicative of Ardeshir slowly, but most definitely breaking out of a self-imposed shell.

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NEWS - 06. October 2016   CITY - Mumbai ARTIST - Sandunes

On That KTM Grime: The Rise of Nep-Hop

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Over the last two decades, Nepal has experienced political upheaval, civil unrest and devastation. From the outset of the civil war – christened the People’s War – by the Communist Party of Nepal in February 1996 to the catastrophic earthquake in April 2015, the erstwhile Hindu kingdom has witnessed a period of setbacks. Yet, the Nepalese people continue to survive, and in some cases, thrive. With a young, vibrant and ambitious population (88% of the population is under the age of 60), Nepal is seeking to chart a course that will leave a significant mark on the world – with hip-hop playing a pivotal role.

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NEWS - 28. September 2016  

Reflections: BMR Berlin #2 With Dinelka Liyanage

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Earlier this year we were proud to announce the launch of a new residency initiative: BMR. Over the course of 2016 – BMR will host 3 South Asian artists in Berlin for 2 months and see a Berlin based artist take part in a bespoke residency program in South Asia.

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NEWS - 09. September 2016   CITY - Berlin ARTIST - Dinelka Project - Border Movement Residency


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