Kirstin Innes finds hope and black comedy in Raving Iran, a story of two young DJs following the beat and defying the authorities.
Midway through Raving Iran, our protagonists, two young Iranian house DJs, Anoosh & Arash, are trying to get a CD of their latest album printed and distributed. They go through the official channels for permission and are turned away; Iran’s strict laws prohibit the distribution of any music that is not traditional, and various aspects of their packaging – Latin typeface, a picture of a man with his back exposed, any depiction at all of their female singer – are turned down. They try an endless succession of printers and then shopkeepers, and time and again they hear the question “is it political?”. No, they say, genuinely baffled each time. It’s just music.Read more
THUMP, the electronic music and culture channel from VICE, interviews Susanne Regina Meures, Raving Iran's director, who followed two DJs at the centre of Tehran's underground techno scene.Read more