Indonesia is a big country, is there a difference with the music scenes in different parts of the country?
Yeah in Jakarta there’s more eclectic music but in Bandung the music is maybe more shoegaze and post rock where in Surabaya it’s more metal and aggressive music and in Yogjakarta there’s really amazing abstract artsy music. You have to check out this band Zoo, it’s really interesting. Each city has their own unique music happening.
Indonesia is also a mixture of different languages and religions. How’s that for the music scene?
Yeah language is not really a problem as we all speak the national language Bahasa, so a lot of bands sing in Bahasa and also in English as well. Maybe in daily life language can be a small challenge sometimes. For religion, our band has different religions as well, Indonesia is a diverse country so it’s normal.
I also heard that Indonesia is one of the leading Twitter and Facebook nations in the world. Do you think that somehow supports the music scene?
Yeah I think that internet base in Indonesia is really healthy. Obviously we have a lot of people in the country and internet’s a good way to promote the music and reach people. Word spreads around quickly and we get a lot of support through the internet.
How does your band use the internet or social media?
Yeah actually it was one of the the thing that made a difference for our band because we were signed through myspace where our label Lil’ Fish Records found us. Because we’re from a small town in the suburbs of Jakarta and we don’t know any one in the scene so we just use the internet to promote the music and luckily Agus Sasomgko, he’s an electronic musician who runs Lil’ Fish he found us through Myspace and then he asked us to release our music and then it just started from there. We were really lucky.
I understand you used crowd sourcing for this tour, is there any other ways of funding?
For this tour we use a crowd funding through ToGather.Asia which was quite a good experience. Even if the campaign didn’t reach the goal we set for it, it was still far beyond our expectations. It was really good support for the tour. So we’re really thankful for all the fans who supported us, it’s really nice for them. Also for those fans I hope this tour works out really well.
Besides crowd sourcing we also designed some merchandise by our selves, stamped all the letters to our CD covers by our selves and there’s bags and shirts designed by our drummers girlfriend.
Is there a lot of sponsorship for music in Indonesia?
Yeah in Indonesia it’s the tobacco company really sponsors the events, like not only music but sports events as well. That’s still legal in Indonesia and it’s a good way they can put the word around so yeah it’s really big. They give a lot of money for events. I think it’s in some way good for the music but some people don’t really like it as it promotes unhealthy living.. but I smoke so it’s no problem for me.
What are the cool clubs or venues in Jakarta?
There’s this really unique old bar in downtown Jakarta called Jaya Pub where every month they do a club called Superbad. it’s organized by The Secret Agents – Indra Ameng & Keke Tumbuan. It’s really the place to go and see the scene and see new great bands and great music, it’s really good. The sound system is really rusty, but you don’t really care as the atmosphere there is really amazing. It’s a really good place.
What’s the most popular music in Indonesia at the moment?
I guess Malay pop music and maybe also dangdut a type of folk music, traditional music from Indonesia. Metal is quite big as well there’s a big scene for example in Surabaya, but malay pop is what’s playing in the radio and TV. I guess indie music is very small part of the whole music scene in Indonesia.