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

Back To The Future: Deciphering The Diversification Of Modern Electronica

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When electronica first began permeating our lives, it happened so gradually that we hardly noticed. Stretching back to the decades of disco, the synth-pop of the eighties and leading up to the EDM boom that has become the signature of the current era in music history – electronica has slowly made its mark on every aspect and every genre of music.


NEWS - 12. August 2015  

Spirare: Like A Forgotten Memory…

I used to be really negative. I used to believe that Pakistan isn’t going to change for the better but then instead of listening to the news, I listened to people and what they do. I’m a lot more hopeful now. The older generation is more set in their ways but the younger lot are now un-learning all the bias and discrimination they’ve been taught over the years,” says Kiran Shazad, a Lahore-based artiste, who has been dabbling with minimal and experimental genres under her moniker Spirare .


NEWS - 28. July 2015   CITY - Lahore ARTIST - Spirare

Beyond Borders: Pawas & Chymera

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An idea, an initiative, sometimes serious and sometimes fun. These are words I find most apt to describe the recently concluded second edition of the “Intelligent Dance Music” workshop hosted by the Bangalore Goethe Institut at Max Muller Bhavan. The brainchild of veteran Indian DJ and producer, Pawas Gupta association with Indivibe, it was a step in the right direction. This was the second edition of the workshop featuring Brendan Gregoriy who is known around the world for his brand of melodic, sophisticated house and techno under the alias ‘Chymera’.


NEWS - 14. July 2015   CITY - Bangalore

Danish Faruqi: ‘Music Isn’t Fundamental To Our Existence 
But It Definitely Enriches It’


Karachi is bursting at the seams. It’s a loud, obnoxious and difficult place that doesn’t seem to ever stop growing. However, it is dangerously easy to romanticise; the way big cities often are by their inhabitants. I think it’s important to acknowledge that your own experiences aren’t necessarily reflective of the experiences of others around you. For me, Karachi is home. When a place is so inextricably linked to milestones, relationships and emotions, that it becomes a part of who you are, it is difficult to imagine that it could never not be ‘home’,” said Danish Faruqi .


NEWS - 07. July 2015   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - al ak

Dosti Music Project: A meaningful dialogue with three nations


Applications for Dosti 2016 open on July 1 and will close on August 1 at 5:00pm E.S.T.

Although music has anchored the integration of society and culture from time immemorial, many theorists believe that it has also played a pivotal role in evoking change within a regressive social order. Reinforcing the need to forge bonds through a synchronous sociocultural movement, over the last few decades, this particular art form has helped constitute a passionate endeavour to promote solidarity amongst mankind. In an attempt to deconstruct all cultural dichotomies, artistes have often used music as an incubator to transcend all barriers with respect to politics, hierarchy and even societal norms.


NEWS - 01. July 2015  

Danish Faruqi: Merging Musical Exploration With Social Relevance


It’s easy to take things for granted and much more inconvenient to look beyond the ‘norm’ to see how flawed society and its structures and systems really are. Being well adjusted to a flawed society is not healthy, it is desensitisation. And from desensitisation stems hopelessness and blind acceptance of violence, intolerance, and the status quo,” said Danish Faruqi , a Karachi-based artiste, who has mastered the art of crafting musicality with exceptional finesse under the pseudonym AL AK. 


NEWS - 30. June 2015   CITY - Karachi

»Pop-Kultur Newcomers« 2015: the application period has begun!

10983318_461715150654098_8583193299584201327_nYoung musicians, DJ’s, producers, label-, club-, and festival-managers, journalists, bloggers and students of these disciplines can apply for the program from now until July 10th, 2015 via


NEWS - 25. June 2015   CITY - Berlin

BLUDGE: The Last Hippies Standing


The changing landscape of the Sri Lankan music scene has given its own industry a much needed shot of adrenalin. It’s gone on to influence other creative disciplines from visual arts to fashion design, filmmaking and multi-disciplinary work unlike never before, making this tiny community almost too vibrant to be kept underground for much longer.


NEWS - 22. June 2015   CITY - Colombo ARTIST - Asvajit

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