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Crowds and sales at Delhi’s art fair but can it stay international?, Arts

Crowds and sales at Delhi’s art fair but can it stay international?

Delhi’s annual International Art Fair last weekend provided a classic example of how India produces order out of chaos, but does not quite meet its potential. Some 80,000 people arrived at the fair in the south of the city by car on chaotically crowded and sometimes gridlocked highways, or squashed into unbelievably crowded metro trains [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 4 February 2015 at 8:18 pm

Point G: A Chat With Paris’ Finest, Music

Point G: A Chat With Paris’ Finest

Point G is one of my favourite artists from Paris (and I have a real soft spot for Parisian artists). He’s been around for a long while, finding fame through his DJ Gregory alias in the nineties, before adopting the Point G moniker, through which he pushes a more stripped down, raw sound. Up until a few years ago the Point G name had disappeared off the radar, but Gregory brought the alias back in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. This week sees the release of his extended EP, Point G #6 – an eight-track compilation of fresh new music. In light of the release I had a chat with him recently…

By | Music | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 5:03 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Here, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Here

If book design is partly (though surely first of all) about making a book stand out in a bookshop then this Hamish Hamilton edition of Richard McGuire’s Here did the job. The matt illustrated cover of a sash window, with its intrinsic sense of mystery, its invitation to look inside, and its bold diagonal is [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 3:44 pm

Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ, Music

Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ

Bill Patrick is a rare breed within house and techno, he’s a DJ who manages to maintain a consistent career purely by playing records and not having to rely on record sales/the music making treadmill. This is quite a feat, as the industry is almost entirely geared around DJs having to make music in order to remain present in the public consciousness and to keep on gigging. Only very few avoid this, and Bill is one of them. Renowned for being outspoken, Bill’s a rather controversial character at times, but highly entertaining and refreshingly honest. So he made for a perfect interview subject…

By | Music | Thursday, 29 January 2015 at 5:16 pm

Vh1 Supersonic: A Shining Example of India’s Growing Dance Music Industry, Music

Vh1 Supersonic: A Shining Example of India’s Growing Dance Music Industry

In August 2013 I wrote a piece for DJ Broadcast on the electronic music scene in India, which has been growing in stature over the last few years. At the time, the industry was what might be described as burgeoning – definitely full of promise though held back by conservative laws and regulations imposed by state governments. Since that article was published, India’s scene has continued to grow and evolve and I was fortunate to witness a small example of this progression when I visited the Vh1 Supersonic Festival in Goa a few weeks ago. The event took place across four days on a beach in Candolim, north Goa, just after Christmas and boasted an impressive selection of artists from around the world as well as some of India’s finest. While I was in Goa, I had the chance to speak with the men behind the festival Jaideep Singh and Nikhil Chinapa, as well as experiencing the full breadth of what the event had to offer… Here’s my report.

By | Music | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 5:14 pm

A shouting economic adviser, a Nobel Laureate and a rock star scientist on stage at the Jaipur lit fest, Arts

A shouting economic adviser, a Nobel Laureate and a rock star scientist on stage at the Jaipur lit fest

Arvind Panagaria one of India’s top economic advisers has a short fuse and shouts. Eighty-two year old Sir Vidiadhar Naipaul, the Nobel prize winning author has given what might turn out to be his last long interview, and Abdul Kalam, the 83-year old space and missile scientist who became India’s president, is greeted by young Indians [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 26 January 2015 at 1:46 pm

Jape’s Seance of Light, Music

Jape’s Seance of Light

Swedish band Jape called upon Dubliners Dave Rudden and Dave Tyan to give the video for their new track, Seance of Light, a psychedelic kick.

By | Music | Thursday, 22 January 2015 at 8:33 am

Toundra IV: Exclusive Album Stream, Music

Toundra IV: Exclusive Album Stream

Toundra, a four piece post-rock outfit from Madrid, are gearing up for the release of their fourth album, numerically and pleasingly titled IV. The album is available exclusively to stream below via The Independent.
IV tells the story of two foxes that need to escape from the forest where they live as a huge fire ravages [...]

By | Music | Monday, 19 January 2015 at 11:00 am

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return, Music

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return

Two and half years ago, Bloc, one of the UK’s best-known alternative electronic music events, suffered a massive blow when their very first London event encountered a disastrous turn of events that led to its cancellation and the company going bankrupt. Since then, the owners Alex Benson and George Hull have slowly but surely worked on reinstating the brand’s status, culminating in the return of their ‘weekender’ this March. I spoke to them about their comeback and that fateful night in July 2012…

By | Music | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3:47 pm

Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall’s pick of the pop heroines, Music

Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall’s pick of the pop heroines

Tonight Alive frontwoman Jenna McDougall shares her favourite women rockers, and explains why what they stand for strikes a chord with her.

By | Music | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3:36 pm

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