"Pathaan has the best thing a DJ can have, his own musical language"
Max Reinhardt – Straight No Chaser/Songlines
"Pathaan has busted out of the Asian music mold and treated his listeners to something different" www.ethnotechno.com
"You can always count on Pathaan to deliver the real deal."
Bob Duskis - Six Degrees Records
"Pathaan puts together yet another great collection that sets the tone for his new GLOBETRONICA label. If this is anything to go by, we all have a lot to look forward to."
Pete Lawrence - The Big Chill
In this day and age it is very easy to become cynical, particularly when you work in the music industry. However if your name is Pathaan and you are launching a record label called Globetronica, then your world is about being inspired by the daily dose of top tunes that you routinely encounter. Be it in the form of while label vinyl, mp3, cdr, label promos, or live performances. Your life is about finding the tunes and playing them to the world. The question is what do you do to make something of your unique and privileged position?
After a decade in music Pathaan is ready to nail his colours to the mast and start his own, globally inspired imprint, Globetronica. In simple terms it is ‘the World plugged in’. A label that nurtures talent from all over the world, in many genres without getting caught up in limiting genre concepts that might potentially endanger the quality and imagination of the music that is released.
The first offering by the label is the beautiful and inspired collection City Hippy. A mix that has been devised for all those urbanites who need to escape in the peace of their own living room to somewhere utopian and joyful. As this is Pathaan it has that fantastic dose of laughter that he somehow manages to imbue all his releases with. He is DJ ’Joie de vivre’, if you had to put it in simple terms. Music inspires life; life inspires music.
So how exactly does an Asian youth from West London become one of the world’s greatest leftfield, globally inspired DJ’s? Simple really, you earn your stripes at seminal Asian underground club Anokha, with the likes of Talvin Singh. You get yourself ‘discovered’ by David Bowie who promptly asks you to join him on tour. You compile some of the best Asian compilations ever, through the Stoned Asia Music label and you release three critically acclaimed albums, through the Ministry of Sound imprint Altura (three Sunset collections, Indian, Global and Universal).
Pathaan has DJ’d at some of the best club nights on the planet, SKOL BEATS in Brazil, SAMOTHRAKI in Greece, THE JAIPUR HERITAGE FESTIVAL and the key UK Festivals. He has an emerging career as a broadcaster and plan’s to record his first artist album. He is one half of THE PUNK-A-WALLAHS with production genius SWITCH. They recently remixed Kronos Quartet feat. Asha Boshle’s DUM MARO DUM, for Nonesuch to much acclaim from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Bobby and Nihal, Rob Da Bank and Adil Ray. The response has been so huge they have just bootlegged Ananda Shankar ‘s ‘Streets from Calcutta’ aptly calling it ‘Desi on the Streets of Calcutta’ with Annie Mac comparing the sound to The Chemical Brothers. City Hippy is the debut release on Globetronica and is the result of a musical life well lived and a strong, inspired vision for the future.