Independent Record Labels In South Asia

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Independent record labels and DIY culture have made it possible for many artists across the globe to get their music to a wide section of listeners. While it may not necessarily be a profit making venture at first, there is something hugely rewarding and futuristic about the ability to nurture fresh talent without jeopordising creative freedom; a huge contrast to the former model where big record labels called the shots. There are a number of small and active record labels all over South Asia who are supporting artists and consistently releasing good music. We compiled a list of labels based in South Asia that reflect the beauty of a DIY approach.

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NEWS - 04. December 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

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

New Sounds From Dhaka & Beyond

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This year has been particularly active in Dhaka. Not only is there tremendous variety among the work that has been put out, but the promising thing is the direction and approach the cities music producers have taken at large. Here’s a look at some of the releases that have particularly made a mark from Dhaka, other Bangladeshi cities and borders not so far away:

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NEWS - 16. August 2016   CITY - Dhaka

Translations: An Ocean Of New Sounds

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Akaliko Records’ latest release ‘Translations’ is a journey for me. The playlist is a smorgasbord of sounds that tell stories that range from forays into space, dives into infinite depths and contemplations of the inner self. Composed of artists new and seasoned, ‘Translations’ is not flavored with the usual electronica fusion elements.

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NEWS - 05. July 2016   CITY - Dhaka ARTIST - Dhaka Electronica Scene

Dhaka: When Old Town Parties

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I’m not a historian. I can’t exactly tell you with accuracy as to what makes Old Town old, or different from the ever-developing stretches of one of the most cluttered cities of the world. I can tell Old Town apart only from the sepia-toned life that its people live, from the chipped walls and electricity cables that loom over us as the buildings close down on our rickshaw, from the lingering smell of the kabab that celebrates it Mughal heritage, from its spice mills and open butcher shops.

I can tell Old Town apart from the centuries old traditions it still retains, and its unshakeable love for celebration. And when Old Town parties, you cannot ignore it.

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NEWS - 19. February 2016   CITY - Dhaka

BANGLADESHI ARTISTS TO LOOK OUT FOR 2015-16

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The cumulative growth of Bangladesh’s electronica scene has been surprisingly fast and strong, while still managing to remain true to organic structures and communal spirit.

In just about four years, what started as a platform based in Dhaka has now expanded to other cities in Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi diaspora also remains an integral part of the movement, adding new, interesting flavours and dimensions to the sounds. And today, it looks like Dhaka Electronica Scene is taking shape as a community for all of Bangladesh – extending beyond borders and cities – building a space that is striving to look for the ‘Bengali’ sound that reflects upon its political, social, economic narrative through time.

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NEWS - 23. September 2015   CITY - Dhaka

Folktronica at Jatratronica

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Electronica is still a relatively new concept in Dhaka, though it needs to be said that names such as Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Nicolas Jaar and Deadmau5 are common among many young producers and their listeners. Though these producers have developed their own unique signature styles in their music, it is still a difficult task to package the genre in a way that will appeal to the majority of audiences in Dhaka. This is where the Jatra platform comes in.

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NEWS - 18. February 2015   CITY - Dhaka ARTIST - Perera Elsewhere

Border Movement Lounges in Delhi & Kolkata

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The spotlight is poised over our eastern neighbours in Bangladesh for India’s second edition of the Border Movement Lounge, set to take place take place tonight and tomorrow at Delhi and Kolkata respectively.

Headlining both events is talented Dhaka based electronic producer – Som Saha a.k.a. Space/Ghost. He’ll be playing alongside some top-notch homegrown electronic artists, more information for which you can find here.

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NEWS - 29. October 2014   CITY - Kolkata

The Rise Of Electronic Music In Dhaka Part III – The Live Scene, The Problems & The Possibilities

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The SoundLab workshop in October last year was followed by a completely sold out 3lectronica: Übersonik event at the German club – breathing fresh life to the non-existent live electronic scene in Dhaka. I have already ranted about the sorry state of commercial hotel parties and how bad they are for any kind of scene with pricy drinks and an elitist attitude. Music should be for everyone. The response to this was introducing the ‘Room’ event series showcasing DES producers performing for the first time in front of an audience.

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NEWS - 28. July 2014   CITY - Dhaka ARTIST - Dhaka Electronica Scene


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