BMR is an artist residency program in partnership with Goethe-Institut, Wild City, Ableton and Musicboard Berlin. It will bring together artists from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, the Maldives and Germany in a series of unique tailor-made residencies to introduce artists and producers into new music cultures.
We were overwhelmed with the number of applications received from around the region for the first edition of BMR: Berlin. A residency program with a difference that will cater to the individual needs of artists using the wealth of experience and contacts by their hosts in Berlin.
If you Google Colour Haze you’ll find options to buy their music, chords for nearly all of their songs and one reoccurring press image of them standing on the stairs of a subway station. There are hardly any articles, interviews or reviews. But in the ones you find (beginning on Google page 5) it is clear that they are regarded as legends and “leading lights of the European stoner rock scene”.
“Kabul’s identity is fragmented; its attitude has always been a mix of conservatism and liberal ideas, with the younger generation promoting the latter. As an Afghan working at the Kabul airport rightly put it, Afghanistan is sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy all at once. While the younger demographic was extremely receptive to musical experimentation and improvisation; the religious demographic was against music and actively worked to subdue public musical performances for they viewed them as ‘bad influence’. I spent a couple of years in Kabul and experienced some incredible emotions there – from DJing at music festivals, lounges and after-parties to being in close proximity of insurgent attacks and everything in between,” said Haroun Omar, who has been consciously working towards nurturing an influential movement globally with respect to electronic music.
As part of the Over&Out Festival taking place 11-13 March – Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore are presenting an interactive session on music production and DJing using turnatables with German DJ Orson Wells. The workshop will take place on 11 March at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore and will be hosted by Pawas.
Tales of origin are always the stuff of legend. They are the all-important beginning, the moments of creation, when someone or something seminal appeared. Fact often gets muddled with fiction, feats appear greater with time but the crux of the story, always remain the same – this is when something important happened, this is when we started counting.
At some point in our lives we are faced with decisions and choices that are quite hard to make. With the current professional sphere in India undergoing a sea of change, new avenues open while old ones really don’t seem that enticing any more. A lot of us in general, meander through the proverbial ‘system’ of going through school and college for the sake of a degree which you may not even have future use for. The greatest example being, a mining engineer turned DJ who also happens to be the author of this article!