Sine Valley Festival: The True Spirit Of Collaboration

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Named after the curvy, sine-waves similar to Kathmandu’s mountain skyline, comes the second edition of Nepal’s radically experimental Sine Valley Festival. In response to the unexpected and fond reception to the first edition, the Sine Valley inhabitants or ‘People Of Electronicity’, are back with a 10-day festival, featuring live performances, panels and masterclasses. Sine Valley will be held from 20th to 29th October across various locations in Kathmandu and is fuelled by one simple thing – the spirit of collaboration.

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NEWS - 18. October 2017  

Big Baby Gandhi’s Not Done Speaking His Mind

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In the last decade, few rappers have been as enigmatic as Big Baby Gandhi (BBG). After releasing two EPs to critical acclaim, ‘Big Fuckin Baby’ and ‘No1 2 Look Up 2’, BBG put out a statement saying he was quitting rap. Once his debut album released at the end of 2013 – leaving fans and critics wanting more – Big Baby Gandhi receded into his private life.

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NEWS - 29. September 2017   CITY - Dhaka ARTIST - Big Baby Gandhi

Hyderabad On The Beat

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While the electronic music circuit in Hyderabad may not be big, it certainly doesn’t lack talent and quality. The city is one of the top destinations for many international DJs and producers touring India where they receive a lot of appreciation from music enthusiasts. However, the city also appreciates and supports local talent.

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NEWS - 28. September 2017  

Dynoman On Karachi’s Scene, Producing, SXSW & ‘That Crummy Hard Drive’

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“I have an update for you. My hard drive is dead and I have lost the entire album. I have backups from April but am not sure what is backed up and how much progress is backed up. So yeah my life sucks.”

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NEWS - 25. September 2017   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - DynoMan

2017: Bangladeshi Artists to Check Out

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This will be the fourth time in the last 5 years that I have had the joy and privilege to compile a list of the most promising contemporary Bangladeshi artists. 6 years ago I would have never believed that I would get the opportunity to present the most promising local acts but now we really seem to have passed the first and largest hurdle. What a time to reflect on the future of Dhaka’s electronic music scene!  

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NEWS - 15. September 2017   CITY - Dhaka

“You Sing Ok, But Why Does The Music Have To Be So Inaccessible?” Nepali Producer phatcowlee In Discussion About His Debut Release ‘Cinema’

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“The most positive thing I’ve read about my music is the comparison of my sound to a mix between Madlib, and that, err… LA dude, who’s a filmmaker? Yes, Flying Lotus! I guess that was cool,” says Rajan Shrestha aka phatcowlee, the subject of my interview earlier this morning. And the most negative? “Umm, I’m not sure, but plenty of the feedback has been pretty positive, but yes, people have said to me that you sing ok, but why does the music have to be so inaccessible,” he continues.

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NEWS - 11. September 2017   ARTIST - Phatcowlee

Alien Panda Jury: “It’s very interesting to experience another culture and see the beauty for what it is.”

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“I’m sorry; I find it tough to articulate my words sometimes,” said Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey, as I asked him to recall in absolute detail the summer he spent in Germany earlier in 2017 as part of Border Movement Residency (created in partnership with Goethe-Institut, Wild City, Ableton and Musicboard Berlin).

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NEWS - 07. September 2017   CITY - Berlin ARTIST - Alien Panda Jury Project - Border Movement Residency

Yomari Sessions: Nepal’s Sweet Audio-Visual Offering

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With its music culture undergoing a creative resurgence, Nepal has a new beacon which plans to shed light onto some of the more laudable acts of its growing independent music scene. Named after a delicacy of Nepal’s Newar community, ‘Yomari Sessions‘ is an online video series of live intimate performances shot with the intention to showcase the profusion of fresh talent.

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NEWS - 17. August 2017  

Dameer Khan: The 16 Year Old Producer Who Makes Sunshine Filled Music

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Our hectic lives sometimes feel like they are designed to wear us down and make us despondent, so when someone comes along who is overwhelmingly positive it makes a big impression.

Introducing 16-year-old Dameer Khan, whose cheerful tracks are sure to get your feet tapping in the very near future.

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NEWS - 03. August 2017   CITY - Dhaka ARTIST - Dameer Khan

Dakta Dub Talks About His Journey Building Sound Systems, Working With Local Communities & His Love For Reggae

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It’s a cloudy day and the Hyderabad University Campus with its lush green surroundings looks idyllic for an evening stroll. Bala Subramanyam Swayampakula aka Dakta Dub is heading for his weekly radio session ‘Musical Journey with Balu’ at Bol Hyderabad 90.4 fm, the local campus community radio. A weekly show that features music ranging from dub, reggae, Indian electronica, world music and more.

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NEWS - 27. July 2017   ARTIST - Dakta Dub


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