ISLAMABAD: This weekend will see one of the biggest electronic music shows in Pakistan’s history, with Grammy-winning DJ-producer Diplo and Swedish singer-songwriter Elliphant set to take the stage in Islamabad on Saturday.
The two will be joined by the Paki Rambo duo of rapper Adil Omar and DJ-producer Talal Qureshi. Talking to The Express Tribune in an email interview, Omar said the ongoing year has been the most “important year of their lives”. He said after spending most of their time away from home, playing at events like the South by Southwest festival in the US, he and Qureshi are back in Pakistan and already working on their upcoming projects. He said recent months have been full of surprises and learning experiences. Omar refrained from disclosing much about the upcoming gig with Diplo and Elliphant citing security reasons. However, he said “we’ve been working very hard”. His new EP — Margalla King, that will feature Bun B and Heems — will be out soon while Qureshi will also be releasing Tropical Suicide around the same time.
Diplo set to headline concert in Pakistan next month
Diplo himself is an artist of international acclaim. Only last month he shared two Grammys with Skrillex for their song Where Are Ü Now, under their Jack Ü collaboration, while under his Major Lazer collaboration, he produced one of the most popular electronic songs of 2015, Lean On. A year earlier, he won his first Grammy for his work on Usher’s Climax. The American has also collaborated with artists such as Britney Spears, Madonna, Shakira, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg.
Elliphant, meanwhile, is instantly recognisable to video game fans, thanks to her 2012 track Tekkno Scene. Last year, the Swede provided vocals for the Major Lazer song Too Original.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2016.
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