2019 has been a big year for Baskara Putra. After years of getting his hands dirty in rock music as the main vocalist for .Feast, he kickstarted his solo project with the moniker Hindia. After releasing a string of singles, Baskara released his first album under Hindia, Menari Dengan Bayangan, last November, and since then it rose to numerous critical acclaim, charting at numerous year-end lists by multiple sources I talked to Baskara about fame, community, technology, and the role of music as evangelism.
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.
In Pilu Membiru Experience, Kunto Aji, together with Adjie Santosoputro, invites three fans to talk to Santosoputro about their stories of loss and healing, which ends with Kunto Aji’s performance of “Pilu Membiru”—a song from Kunto Aji’s sophomore album Mantra Mantra. What results is an honest, brave work of art that gives closure to its subjects and listeners.
Jove Satara is an up-and-coming musician based in Jakarta, Indonesia; his music is an ode for the outcasts—written on a narrative from Ganendra Satria’s own mind, while relating to those who share the same commonalities. Introducing Jove Satara to be the first in the roster of our in-house artists, the Speedofsoundmag team talked to Ganendra about his creative process, the complications of solitude, and Dante’s Inferno.
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 energetic indie pop rock band who came far away from Medan to Jakarta is back with their newest EP, titled ‘Perpetual’.
It’s easy to guess that Rosalía is singing about the joys of having lots and lots of money in her newest two-single release, “Fucking Money Man.” However, as Rosalia usually does, she challenges our expectations. And she did it all in the native language of her hometown Barcelona—Catalan.
There’s nobody quite like Sal Priadi in the Indonesian music industry; there’s a focus on sincerity and honesty in his craft, but at the same time, there’s a great care put on exhibiting grandeur and flair. Securing a set on We The Fest—possibly Indonesia’s biggest music festival—while working on some new music, juggling through collaborations with other musicians, and gathering a fan following to boot, Sal Priadi is on his way to great things.
The very thing we noticed the first time when Indonesian rock band Reality Club’s first single in two years was released is its intriguing title. It’s a play on two words: “telenovela,” which is a television genre popular in Latin America that’s close to a soap opera, and “novia,” the Spanish word for “lover.”
It’s been two years since Lorde’s Melodrama and the magic hasn’t worn off.