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MTCBW #29

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Honesty and Authenticity: Telefon Tel Aviv Lives By These Virtues

“I’m just trying to stay honest with the stuff I’m making,” says Joshua Eustis, better known as Telefon Tel Aviv. “I just try to think about everything I’ve been making with authenticity and honesty.” Eustis' belief in genuine sincerity is the reason why he’s still relevant in the electronic music space more than a decade after he first started. Though after the tragic death of his bandmate, Charlie Cooper - Telefon Tel Aviv started...
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06 September 2017

Wild City Singled Out: August 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. 'Welcome State (Sandunes Remix)' by Elder Island During her stint in Europe, Sandunes aka Sanaya Ardeshir remixed a track by Bristol-based band Elder Island. Without overshadowing the original tune, Sandunes manages to create a...
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04 September 2017

Art Has No Boundaries: Saptan Stories

Most creatives would agree that art, as a whole, has no boundaries. It’s always had a singular ability to bring together those on opposite sides of the same fence; it tends to transcend the idea of so much that politicises and separates society while, in fact, discussing the very issues it’s eclipsing. Having artists, especially ones from nations fraught with a weighted history, come together over a project can show commonalities and is a good...
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01 September 2017

Dekmantel Festival 2017: The Highs & Lows

Cycling towards Amsterdam Bos, the impressive woodland surrounding the city and spanning over 1000 hectares - we were flooded with excitement... There’s clearly a reason why Dekmantel has become a mecca for so many across the world – loyal to their unique brand of events and festivals. In our third visit to the event, we thought we’d take a more in-depth look at what worked and what didn’t at arguably one the fastest rising festivals on the...
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14 August 2017

Mallika Taneja Remains Uncompromising In Her Vision

“I think, really, I’m a creature of opportunity, you know?” Mallika Taneja says over homemade french toast. Taneja is an actress and playwright whose last play ‘Thoda Dhyan Se’ brought her worldwide acclaim and attention. A confident playwright, Mallika’s next project ‘Rukaawat Ke Liye Khed Hai’ opens tomorrow in New Delhi before she embarks on a European tour. The play is co-produced with the Zürcher Theatre Spektakel who were interested...
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11 August 2017

Wild City Singled Out: July 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. 'Sonder' by Mero Ghostly vocals warp around an atmospheric beat that fades away into unintelligible chatter on this track from Mero, a Shillong-based artist. One for the club or headphones. 'Staring at the Moon' by TRODD The layered...
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03 August 2017

In Profile: Kasra, The Architect of Critical Music

Kasra Mowlavi wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for his group of friends in the 90s. 
The founder of Critical Music “dismissed electronic music” as a whole when he was younger, as he was more into "traditional alternative band music, guitar music in particular”. But his friends dragged him along to a few hardcore and garage shows. As Kasra attended more and more of these nights, he found that electronic music had a lot of similarities...
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27 July 2017

Wild City Singled Out: June 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. 'Healing' by alif.bae This Karachi-based producer has released a slew of tracks in the last month but it was his most recent release that's got us hooked. Laying down tracks that deserve their own beat tape, 'Healing' showcases...
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10 July 2017

Jwala: “It All Happened Because Of The Internet.”

The boys seem to speak a language of their own. That is to say, they’re talking a vernacular that seems to be fully theirs. The very slang that they exchange with each other, including memes, seems to go over my head. There’s a conversation happening between them at all times that they’re the only ones privy to; one they seem to grasp with ease. Comprised of a bunch of young producers, the oldest is 24-year-old Moebius (Nikunj Patel) whilst...
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29 June 2017

Consolidate: An Intimate Encounter With The Bangalore-Based Collective

Joe Panicker, one-half of Aerate Sound, isn’t visibly stressed. It’s only a few days until he plays with Naquash as Aerate Sound at Boiler Room in Bangalore, opening for Jlin, Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones. Naquash, the calmer, quieter, more mellow half of the duo, walks around taking photos while Panicker talks as quick as the beats he produces: rapid-fire. As the rest of the Consolidate crew make their way to the table, Joe’s stress seems to...
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16 June 2017

5 Women Shaking Up The Pakistani Music Industry

This article was originally published on 27 March by Border Movement here. It was written by Rahim Khan. Ramsha Shakeel. Raania Durrani. Rahema Khan. Natasha Noorani. Natasha Ejaz. To the uninitiated these are but names, native to the subcontinent, female surely but otherwise unremarkable as names can go, standard appellations for your average Pakistani woman. Of course while their titles may seem average (with all due respect), their occupations...
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14 June 2017

A Comprehensive Guide To boxout.fm

India’s first-ever independent community radio station, boxout.fm has been steadily growing since its launch a little over 2 months ago. Having already hosted Romare as part of an incredible launch weekend, it’s now responsible for multiple live streams, a weekly residency in Delhi and its own ‘zine’ - quickly becoming the home of the underground. With so much going on, we’ve decided to break down boxout.fm and its various guises. Make sure...
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06 June 2017

“When An Artist Hits Rock Bottom, The Only Way To Go Is Up”: Bhrigu Sahni

“Everyone has to believe in themselves and push, push and push hard to achieve their goals," Bhrigu Sahni tells us over the phone. He truly believes that because without this particular motto, he wouldn’t be where he is today: leaving New York City to tour India after the release of his debut album, ‘What Is Now’. Bhrigu first started making music when he was a teenager, looking for an outlet for his creativity, “I remember vividly writing...
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09 June 2017

Wild City Singled Out: May 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. 'this feels like home' by Chrms This 16-year-old producer continues to have the capacity to surprise. After bursting onto the scene with the jaw-dropping ‘cherry’, Chrms’ latest track is an atmospheric (almost) 11-minute exploration...
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31 May 2017

Politics and Music: A Look Into BFR Sound System’s Documentary

Convinced of the role music can play in political activism, Taru Dalmia had long dreamed of building a sound system - representing the very origins of reggae music, a genre he has been involved in for over a decade. That dream became reality when Begum X (aka Samara Chopra) and Delhi Sultanate (Taru Dalmia) ran a successful campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for the Bass Foundation Roots sound system - one of only 3 existing custom-built, Jamaican-style...
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29 May 2017

We’re All In This Together: A Discussion About Mental Health In The Music Industry

The music industry has recently taken major strides in addressing its most shameful secrets; sexism, sexual abuse, misogyny, homophobia and racism have been at the forefront of conversations around the world. And with social media ubiquitous for artists nowadays, several have taken to various platforms to start a discussion around these topics. Though each one of these issues has a long way to go in India, there’s one that seems ever prominent;...
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18 May 2017

Walking The Tightrope: The Delicate Nature Of Sampling Indian Music

Bollywood has been in existence for over a century; its sound within our cultural psyche, bringing together people over harmonious melodies and synchronised dancing. Indian classical and folk music have, in comparison, been around for centuries. Acclaimed artists like Lata Mangeshkar and A.R Rahman have become flagbearers for a universally accepted, cherished and inspiring sound the world over. Grammy award winners Missy Elliott and Kanye West along...
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04 May 2017

Wild City Singled Out: April 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. 'mykingmyqueen' by zzz Bollywood samples and traditional Indian instruments are blended in expertly on this track. Not much is known about this artist but with 6 tracks, including a fantastic remix of a Sandunes track, released...
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01 May 2017

Love Songs: An Interview With Romare

Archie Fairhurst stands tall - taller than you’d expect. When on stage, he’s low, head bowed down, energising his crowd. His mixes are effortless; a reflection of his dynamic take on music, a juxtaposition of his soft-spoken nature. Better known as UK-based producer Romare, Archie’s stage presence is one that comes naturally to him having been making music since he was a teenager, “I taught myself drums. I bought myself - well I guess my mom...
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13 April 2017

boxout.fm: The Power Of Community Radio

It’s no secret that we’re currently in the golden age of streaming and Internet radio. With the emergence and evolution of platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal, the music industry was shaken up. Coupled with the boom of podcasts, streaming took over as the primary source for people to consume music. This led to artists and creatives curating playlists and hosting shows. Drake’s OVO crew started the trend with OVO Sound Radio on Apple...
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07 April 2017

Wild City Singled Out: March 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. 'Good Old Days' by Tanya Nambiar Nambiar's throaty voice glides impeccably over a walking bass-lines allowing them to hang melodiously over this track. The lyrics keep the song engaging and...
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06 April 2017

A Restless Creative For A Better World: Alok Vaid-Menon

Alok Vaid-Menon is a poet, writer and performance artist, who identifies as a gender non-conforming person and uses the pronouns “they/them”. Accordingly, Alok will be referred as such throughout this article. “Every person contains multitudes,” Alok tells me. Alok is spread out on a neatly-folded bed with crisp, white sheets; legs up in the air, chin in hands, wearing a white t-shirt and basketball shorts. It’s their sanctuary. This version...
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31 March 2017

Digging Through The Roots: Amarrass Records

Ashutosh Sharma and Ankur Malhotra started Amarrass Records out of exasperation. The label looked inward towards India’s vast, rural lands at a time when other artists and labels looked Westwards and flocked towards electronic music. Since its inception, the sounds coming out of Amarrass Records have been exciting, distinctive and embody the imprint’s broad taste. Their ability to harness timeless music from the depths of anonymity allows them...
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24 March 2017

5 Minutes With: Kumail

Mumbai-based Kumail Hamid has a distinctive sound, one of downtempo self-discovery. His carefree, almost lackadaisical approach to music could slot him alongside the cache of artists he looks to for inspiration. The 23-year-old producer and Knowmad Records signee is releasing his latest EP, ‘From You To Blue’, on Wednesday 22 March. Subtle influences of hip-hop, trip-hop resonate throughout but like one of his favourite musicians, King Krule,...
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21 March 2017

Wild City Singled Out: February 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. 'riverbed' by Slowspin and NAWKSH Slowspin is releasing tracks at a rapid-fire pace and her latest, ‘riverbed’ features NAWKSH, one of my favourite producers in Pakistan. This ambient, experimental...
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02 March 2017

In Conversation With: Suman Sridhar

With her parents working as professional musicians, Suman Sridhar quickly found that the innate talent she possessed could propel her to dovetail passion into a full-time job. The multi-talented artist is also a vocalist and composer with a sound that bridges the worlds of jazz, blues, pop, Indian classical, cabaret, opera, Afro-Cuban and rap. Suman has been a consistent figure in the alternative arts scene in India; a star that has shone brightly...
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09 March 2017

In Conversation With: Mosiki On Emerging Pakistani Music

Mosiki is a Pakistani music blog that sprung up in October last year. Spotlighting emerging music from the country, it’s run by a Pakistani-born creative who was educated in the UK. Like some of the diaspora, he finds himself back in South Asia, specifically Lahore. When he first moved to the UK, a girl mistakenly called him Outdoor Raisin - a moniker that’s resonated with him and one he asked we use for this piece. Mosiki has quickly grown to...
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27 February 2017

Indian Music Industry: A Female Perspective

Let’s get it out of the way early: the music industry, like every other in our patriarchal society, is sexist. We all know that. It’s especially prevalent in India where, within certain segments of society our culture forces women to get married by a certain age, not stay out past a certain hour, take care of the house and family, and be suppressed by the weight of what is right and wrong in the eyes of the 'community'. In the UK, female producers...
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16 February 2017

Wild City Singled Out: January

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South-Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. dang by Ayush Bansal Not much is known about Aayush Bansal. The producer’s latest track 'Dang' is hard-hitting, yet lo-fi. With heavy synths reminiscent of 80s power-pop ballads laid beautifully...
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02 February 2017

1beat1week: In Conversation With Oceantied

Back in late November, Ketan Bahirat otherwise known as Oceantied, announced on Facebook that he was starting a mini-project titled 1beat1week. As the name suggests, the producer would create and upload one beat a week accompanied by a video. When asked about why he created it, Bahirat explained, “Because I feel like as an artist, I’m not always putting out content, but creating a lot of stuff that people usually don’t get to hear.” The mini-project...
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24 January 2017

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