Category: music

Misteri model bisnis musik di era pandemi

Membahas siasat sandang, pangan dan papan yang berkelanjutan untuk para pekerja musik. Ditulis untuk BTS Video Raisa: Live in Lapangan Banteng Sejak video perdana Sounds From the Corner di 2012 bersama Raisa Andriana, semua orang mengerti bahwa wanita ini diberkahi bersuara emas, perangai hangat dan paras cantik. Saya tidak tertarik membahas itu, karena delapan tahun […]

Meng-konten-kan musik / Me-musik-kan konten?

Pergeseran format produk musik mengubah pola konsumsi dan apresiasi. Pertanyaan besarnya: Ini inovasi atau degradasi? Apa harga yang harus dibayar? (Ditulis untuk Sounds From the Corner – Hindia) “Jual karya musik kok di warung ayam?” Gumam seorang teman, mengeluh melihat KFC punya wajah  ganda, selain menjual makanan cepat saji juga jadi label rekaman dan menawarkan […]

Danilla yang Sesungguhnya

Ditulis sebagai ulasan resmi EP Danilla “Fingers” yang dimuat di website pribadinya. Haruskah kita memisahkan karya dengan identitas pencetusnya? Ada banyak hal di luar musik Danilla yang entah jadi berkah atau kutukan untuk karirnya yang meroket tinggi. Berbagai cara mencintai Danilla: isu sosial di lirik-liriknya, parasnya yang cantik, atau karena dia berteriak kontol di salah […]

The strange world of the pop throwback euphoria

(Written for Sounds From the Corner) Finally, nostalgia being utilized properly. The challenging part kicks in: how to sustain? In separate places, different gesture timing, Guruh Sukarno Putra and Yockie Suryoprayogo (RIP) hinted similar reasons why the public temporarily “disowned” retro pop music in Indonesia despite how big and colossal the heritage was. For me […]

Tentang Archipelago Festival

Some things are just meant to be. We were in the middle of our South East Asian trip Sep 2016 when I repeatedly expressed my anxiety about this thing I had in my mind to Madrim. I remember we were at Luang Prabang making a trip to an elephant village when I mentioned about creating […]

Tentang Cholil dan menjadi kerdil

Di sepanjang hidup, menulis pernah jadi tulang punggung edukasi, cara mencari nafkah dan cermin untuk berkaca. Setelah melaju terlalu cepat tanpa sempat melihat ke belakang, kini Ia saya jadikan sarana berbenah diri. Tidak sulit menemukannya di antara sesak manusia yang duduk di lobi Ace Hotel, Manhattan. Mungkin Cholil satu-satunya manusia di Midtown New York yang […]

#17

Honorable mentions: Devonte Hynes is definitely back with his vulnerable grooves, while an actual band  with instruments LANY has successfully bridged people’s secret boyband obsession with their juicy attempt of Pop R&B. Chance’s coloring book is a solid prove of his huge progress (he hooked with Ye, Biebs and Future) since Acid Rap, and the […]

Tubuhku Otoritasku

2013; Saya ada di ruangan yang sama dengan Kartika Jahja ketika dia merampungkan rekaman lagu Tubuhku Otoritasku, single pertama album MERAH, yang dirilis 11 Maret 2016 kemarin dalam format digital. Tiga tahun lalu saat Tika menuangkan gagasan-gagasan kritisnya  melalui lagu ini, perbedaan sudut pandang terhadap seksualitas dan identitas gender jelas tidak se-semrawut sekarang. Isu gender […]

Isyana Sarasvati: Anomali, revolusi, kompromi?

Saat Isyana merampungkan setengah porsi pertama aksi operanya malam itu, saya menghembuskan napas lega. Lalu dia memberikan gestur tambahan sambil tersenyum berbisik, “belum selesai.” Dan saya kembali menahan napas, sambil melirik kiri kanan. Isyana Sarasvati cukup membuat saya berpikir, apa yang dia bawa: revolusi atau anomali? Pemikiran ini menjadi semakin kompleks ketika saya menyaksikan dan […]

Driving with Dad

This is not my typical music-snob post I promise. There are two reasons why I’m doing this blog, the first one is Episode 2 of Master of None, and second is how I feel so grateful that these songs, these sounds shaped my identity, unmercifully. Driving with my father is one of the entrances that […]

Periscope Q&A with NOAH @TwitterNYC

I was in NYC when NOAH toured the states, so I decided to invite Ariel and the gang to do a Periscope Q&A in the newly-launched Twitter Headquarter in New York.  Conversation was interesting, several questions around NOAH’s creative process and standpoint towards digital ecosystem in music. Enjoy!

SFTC Short Talks – Artwarding Night

This very moment, Barasuara and Efek Rumah Kaca are two different bands with one true affinity: they are both raw & irrelevant. Iga Massardi’s all-star outfit hasn’t released anything digestible – the sextet’s existence is shyly surfacing thanks to gigs, word of mouth and hazy press coverage from curious journalists. The latter, is smoothly surviving […]

I am lucky (and cursed)

Written for Sounds from the Corner Disclaimer: This is not me being a douche, this is me being realistic (and a bit skeptical). I am also part of the subject, object and predicate in this note, so no finger pointing. This is a grievance equipped with a solution. Being an Indonesian in Jakarta is such […]

Big love for the most hated band in town

Written for Sounds from The Corner “Selamat ulang tahun, jangan jadi tua dan menyebalkan.” I think everyone should agree that in a gig, the word “backstage” often translated as something exclusive, secluded, or even sacred. Physically, backstage divides two worlds between audience and performer, but some people interpret this backstage thing as a separator between […]