Sound Check, vol. 9: Bilal Indrajaya

Bilal Indrajaya is not your people-pleasing songwriter; the musician who hails from Tangerang Selatan writes music that is far from anthems or battle cries. Instead, he writes deeply personal songs that hits close to his listeners’ home. Bilal Indrajaya not only shines through his musicality, but we can hear from his work that he also respects the musicians that came before him and memorializes them in a way that is also uniquely himself.

A Very Brief Study of Crowdsurfing in the Rock Music Scene

A while ago, our team had the chance to attend the third installment of the rock festival Paguyuban Crowdsurf at Rossi Musik Fatmawati, Jakarta. Presenting diverse local indie rock acts including Rekah, Dental Surf Kombat, Cumloud, Piston, .Feast, and Tarrkam, the show gathered rock enthusiasts from all over Jakarta to crowdsurf all night long – a move that is both special to the rock music movement and of course, authorities. But what is it that makes the act of crowdsurfing so iconic yet often banned at the same time?

60’s Rock Gallore

60’s music, especially 60’s rock is pretty diverse in its own way. While everyone remembers Sgt Pepper, there are other works of art from this very rich decade that might catch your interest. Here they are!

Ngulik, vol. 1: Overview of the Icelandic Music Scene

When it comes to the Icelandic music scene, people would instantly associate it with Björk and Sigur Rós. But actually, there’s so much more than those two names in the Icelandic music scene, as it consists of a tremendous diversity that would blow your mind. This article written by co-editor Ralka Skjerseth will unravel many sides of the Icelandic music scene that you all should check out.

Sound Check, vol. 8: Aya Anjani

There’s no denying the effect of citypop to music fans of the internet. Citypop is growing in Indonesia, but no one does it like Aya Anjani. In her most recent EP, “Tak Ada Yang Hilang,” Aya Anjani takes citypop into new heights—transforming its Japanese roots with lyrics in Indonesian, while writing deeply personal lyrics that speaks to her listeners.

Mental Health in the Music Industry

With a lot of recent deaths because of suicide among musicians in the past few years, mental health in the music industry has been a major talking point, with a lot of artists being open about their mental health and also advocating it at the same time. Efforts to accommodate musicians’ mental health have also risen in recent times.