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

Pawas-Gupta-credit-Gokul-Rao-KadamPawas Gupta

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 www.pop-kultur.berlin/nachwuchs.


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

A View From The Sidelines: The Evolution of Curtain Blue

Curtain Blue - Profile

In May 2009, Abhishek Bhatia and his bandmates from The Circus,announced themselves to the scene at large, breaking out of the compact and restrictive Delhi circuit courtesy of Channel [V]’s Launchpad reality television series. The Circus were eliminated from the competition, failing to impress in the penultimate round, but, over the course of the series, had established themselves as one of the most refreshing and innovative acts that India had to offer. Bhatia’s distinctive approach to design played an integral role in grabbing the judges’, and the audience’s attention.


NEWS - 01. June 2015   CITY - New Delhi ARTIST - Curtain Blue

Spotlight: Mixtape

Naveen Deshpande_Photo by Naman Saraiya

For Naveen Deshpande, head honcho of Mixtape, the journey really began in the early noughties when he played drums for Pune death metal outfit, Black Hole Theory in his teens. Back then Indian bands were no strangers to the lure of metal and its sub-genres, a trend that can be seen even in todays ever-growing multi genre contemporary music scenario. 


NEWS - 11. May 2015  

Interview: TMPST/Asfandyar Khan


The Pakistani ‘underground’ music scene is not what it once was. From lazy, close-to-terrible covers of Radiohead, Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, those serious about their inclination towards music have veered in their own directions, finding their own niche, and some have even built their own sounds.


NEWS - 22. April 2015   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - Asfandyar Khan

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