Over more than a decade, diasporic club collective and record label Discostan has been conjuring past, present and future soundscapes from South and West Asia all the way to the Maghreb. From presenting a vast archive of golden-age music to the most forward-thinking producers from these regions, to performance collaborations with avante-garde artists outside of the white cube, to galvanizing political engagement, Discostan is an ever-evolving space of possibility for its community. Each time we materialize, we weave a sonic tapestry that threads together anything from golden-era Bollywood/Lollywood numbers and Lebanese cinema scores, to psychedelic funk from Turkey to Burma, the searing frequencies of Syrian dabke, Iraqi choubi, Afghan qataghani and Egyptian electrochaabi, blended in with contemporary percussive club and archival field and folk recordings in their rawest forms.
Founded by Arshia Haq and co-helmed by Jeremy Loudenback, Discostan has performed in Europe, Asia and the US, and has opened for international legends such as Bappi Lahiri and Omar Souleyman. Our work has been featured on Pitchfork, NTS Radio, DJ Mag, Resident Advisor, The Guardian, The Economist, Red Bull Music Academy, KCRW, The Quietus, and beyond.