Notes > Pakistani artists 2014

'Pakistan has always been a country that prides itself on its love and championing of music. Though Pakistani pop music has always been ‘strong’ in its presence, independent music in Pakistan (be it electronic or guitar-driven) hasn’t always found itself substantive in quality and quantity. The past few years, however, have led to a deluge of independent producers, musicians and bands.

Perhaps the most astonishing thing about this wave of producers and musicians isn’t just their affinity for weird sounds, but the fact that there’s a constant emphasis on making incredible, genre-breaking music. These aren’t people content with aping a ‘scene’ or their idols – they want to, and often succeed, at taking global influences and localizing them, whether through their own geographic or individual identities.'  - Border Movement, Goethe-Institute