In Search Of Electronic Roots & A Sense Of Belonging: BMR 2018 Winner, Phatcowlee

Image credit: Prasiit Sthapit

Kathmandu-based electronica artist Phatcowlee, a.k.a Rajan Shrestha, is not a fan of nightclubs. His friends once took him to a party at a club in Kathmandu and he found himself lost in a sea of noise. “It’s not that I’m unfamiliar with the nightclub scene here, but I just had an overwhelming sense of not belonging here,” says Shrestha. So, where does he feel like he belongs? “A bedroom? A room of people who actually care about electronic music? I don’t quite know yet,” he quips.

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NEWS - 22. June 2018   CITY - Berlin ARTIST - Phatcowlee Project - Border Movement Residency

History, Identity & Collective Memory: The Human Need For Tangible Music

Image: pcrc album art for ‘Portrait Of A Time’

Concealed in the sound waves of a record are traces of its past, an impression of a forgotten emotion or moments that couldn’t last. In his book ‘Gramophone, Film, Typewriter, Friedrich A Kittler wrote if the phonographic disk had self-consciousness, it could point out while replaying a song that it remembers this particular song. And, what appears to us as the effect of a rather simple mechanism would, quite probably, strike the disk as a miraculous ability: memory.

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NEWS - 19. June 2018  

Nigel Perera: A Kid In A Candy Store

Many years ago, Nigel Perera used to be a mobile DJ in Negombo, Sri Lanka. He’d play events such as weddings or birthday parties. “I used to listen to the golden pop hits from the 80s back in the day; the stuff on the radio,” he says. He played at a pub in Negombo where he’d DJ commercial music, old classic rock, the works. He would push himself to find that balance between what kind of music worked for the audiences there and what gave him satisfaction.

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NEWS - 13. June 2018   CITY - Colombo ARTIST - Nigel Perera Project - Border Movement Residency

You Thought You Knew Dualist Inquiry

You were wrong.

But don’t worry about it too much. With his recently released single, ‘You & Me’, Sahej Bakshi, the man behind Dualist Inquiry, has more tricks up his sleeve than even his best friends imagined.

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NEWS - 11. June 2018   CITY - New Delhi ARTIST - Dualist Inquiry

The EQ Way: A New Voice For Women In Music

The EQ Way is a new initiative founded by DJs Nephra (Neha Pardeshi) and Pooja Bangad to support women in the music industry in India, aspiring to create a space to nurture their talent.

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NEWS - 30. May 2018   ARTIST - Pooja B

Spontaneous Combustion With Infinite Jar Space

Ikagar Saini is a man with no plan. He hates planning. So much, in fact, that he is committed to improvisation almost as a way of life. It’s what informs his music, his art, just about everything he does. His idea of expression is a spontaneous burst of emotion through his work, diverging from an abstract point of origin to a drastically different conclusion.

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NEWS - 14. May 2018   CITY - New Delhi

The Pursuit of Happiness With Natasha Humera Ejaz

If you ask Natasha Humera Ejaz — which I did — the idea of happiness is really stupid. “It’s a strange theory,” she says. “Everyone’s always fighting for it. What it is. Where it is. How to capture it. I don’t want to go through life thinking that happiness is something that’s beyond my reach.” It really isn’t, which is why it’s such a stupid theory. And Ejaz, a Pakistani musician, actor, dancer, and educator, is creating reminders for herself, through her art, through the music she writes as Stupid Happiness Theory — that happiness isn’t really as elusive. That it’s within grasp for anyone who tries to capture it.

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NEWS - 11. May 2018  

In Profile: New Kids On The Block Abdullah & Hatim

So how’d your exams go?” and “wait, how old are you?” aren’t usually the lead questions in interviews with upcoming musicians but then the case of Abdullah Siddiqui and Hatim Siddique is a novel one.

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NEWS - 09. May 2018   CITY - Lahore ARTIST - Abdullah Siddiqui

Azadi Records: “India Has An Eminem. It’s Just That Nobody’s F*cking Found Him”

“It’s pretty self-explanatory. Azadi, freedom. Freedom for everyone. Freedom for us, freedom for the artists” says Mo regarding the name of one of India’s freshest independent labels, ‘Azadi Records’.

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NEWS - 03. May 2018   CITY - New Delhi ARTIST - Prabh Deep

The Deps X Anxies Of Ezzyland

A little more of this, and Sidharth Ezhilan might explode. He’s pissed off. With the industry — the ‘business’ of music — with the gatekeepers dictating tastes and trends, with the ignorance of a large chunk of audiences.

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NEWS - 26. April 2018   CITY - Chennai ARTIST - ezzyland


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