Sound Check, vol. 13 with Fuzzy, I

Band neo-punk asal Bandung Fuzzy, I kembali dengan tiga single baru mereka setelah mengalami perubahan gaya musik yang cukup signifikan dan rilisnya EP mereka “Transit” di tahun 2019 lalu. Minggu lalu editor Claudia Siregar mendapatkan kesempatan untuk mewawancarai Fuzzy, I tentang proses kreatif, single baru mereka, evolusi musik, near death experience, dan banyak hal seru lainnya.

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Sound Check, vol. 12: Denisa

Denisa is an eclectic voice in the Indonesian independent music scene. This could be easily proven by her recent EP release, Crowning—even by the start of her first song, you can already feel the all-encompassing power of her music. Her work is hard to pin down, if you’re still holding to the age-old assumption that music is something that has to be categorized. Denisa has had an eventful 2019, and is a musician to look out for in the next year.

Sound Check, vol. 11: Christabel Annora

Christabel Annora and her work are refusing to conform to a single artistic discipline. She is a singer, songwriter, and illustrator that hails from Malang, East Java, and is using her art to convey the versatility of her experience. Her go-to musical instrument is the piano, and as exhibited in her sophomore album, Dari Jauh, released last October, she can make such a simple instrument shine in her own way.

Sound Check, vol. 10: Hindia

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.

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.

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.

Sound Check, vol. 6 with Jove Satara

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.

Sound Check, vol. 5 with ENVY*

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.

Sound Check, vol. 4 with Lightcraft

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.