I could not contain my curiosity when I heard that there’s a local band called Terima Kost Putri—a usual Indonesian tagline in advertisements where landlords are looking to rent out their rooms for women. Turns out, they are more than just their name, and they’re here to prove it.
ENVY* is a distinct voice in the Indonesian music scene. In a scene dominated by solo rappers, this collective is a significant player inside the scarcity of Indonesian hip hop collectives. With their innovation, catchy music, and idiosyncratic message, ENVY* is on their way to becoming a major voice in the Indonesian hip hop scene. The Speedofsoundmag team talked to ENVY* about NO WONDER WE HAVE NO FRIENDS, self-expression, and the t-slur.
Hailing from the city of Yogyakarta, the band Scenario brought the theme of morale empowerment about living in urban cities with “Merancang Peradaban”.
Anthemic indie rock band Lightcraft is back with their newest album, ‘Us Is All’. To mark the release of this album on June 27th, they also held a gig with various indie rock/indie pop artists such as Rebelsuns, Tanayu, Agrikulture, Neonomora, Aya Anjani, Muhammad Arief of Rumahsakit, Nanin Wardhani of Nonaria, Rai Putriansyah, Sakti, Estusk, and Provoke! Repro Alumni Choir. We had the chance to discuss about Lightcraft’s inspiration in making ‘Us Is All’ and their opinion on the current Indonesian indie rock scene.
It’s always interesting to talk about the most controversial era and one of the most iconic eras of Indonesian music - the era where local Malay pop bands dominated the scene and released what would later be national sad karaoke anthems.
The indie-rock band that was formed in Kiaracondong, Bandung has finally released their single “Panic Mixie Dream Boy” / “Dyin’ Young” for their upcoming album this year.
The Speedofsound Mag Team recently (partially) gathered to assemble our current faves from the local music scene - ranging from folk ballads to heartwrenching melodic punk to chill R&B. Sit back and enjoy the rest of the week with our picks.
rebelsuns might be one of the first names to pop up in the conversation when we talk about Indonesian synthpop. Our team recently had a chance to interview the duo, Gilang (Lan) and Dai, about their newest single’s creative process and what they think about the Asian synthpop scene.
For an outsider, Agung Hercules is just another dangdut singer with a one-hit wonder, or another bodybuilder internet sensation. But for the people who grew up during the heyday of his only dangdut hit, “Astuti,” Agung Hercules is much, much more than that.
Diskoria came to inception four years ago and since then has been making Indonesian disco and classic Indonesian music an option to dance to in clubs, bars, festivals, and even prom nights. They have been credited by music critics and music lovers alike to be resuscitators of Indonesian disco, and have brought a diverse array of audiences and fans to the dancefloor. Diskoria shows us that disco isn’t dead in Indonesia—it’s alive and thriving.