Domestic Groove: ARIO BAYU

DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb’s Chosen Seven is my new column in The Beat (Jakarta) mag. Basically it’s an interview via e-mail which focuses on small, intimate, domestic stuff; what Indonesia’s public figures are really into, musically speaking. For the second edition I went upclose-and-personal with Ario Bayu.

Domestic Groove: OPPIE ANDARESTA

DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb’s Chosen Seven is my new column in The Beat (Jakarta) mag. Basically it’s an interview via e-mail which focuses on small, intimate, domestic stuff; what Indonesia’s public figures are really into, musically speaking. For the very first edition I went upclose-and-personal with Oppie Andaresta.

OneDollarForMusic at Live Encounters

by Mark Ulyseas

Bali is inundated with Yayasans (charities) ranging from free eye operations, education, recycling to animal shelters. A number of these Yayasans are doing good work and have made a positive impact on island life. One such organisation is Onedollarformusic, the brainchild of Raoul Thomas Augustine Maria Wijffels a Dutch national residing in Bali.

When I first came across this organisation I assumed it was another scheme to make money off unsuspecting bleeding hearts with a conscience that continually beseeches them to ‘contribute’ to ‘causes’. However, after meeting Raoul (who has over 20 years experience in music, arts, education and management including working as a teacher and music pedagogue at the Conservatories of Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam) and the Indonesian chairman Rudolf Dethu, it became apparent that this is an organisation that has the potential of becoming a major force in the creative and economic development of young potential musicians across the Indonesian archipelago.

At a Glimpse: Ambassador Dethu from Bali

by Felix Dass

This music veteran from the land of gods has some simple inspiration for everyone.

Rudolf Dethu comes from Bali, a place where local music is in the minority from time to time.

Although the island is often noted as the melting pot of cultures, the local music scene is way behind that of other parts of Indonesia, and not many local acts have made their way to national recognition.

Acting as manager and propagandist, in 2003 Dethu led his revolutionary legion, Superman is Dead. With words, he simultaneously promoted the band via the Internet. Slowly but surely, the band’s music was heard and started to gain new fans nationwide.

Tika and the Dissidents: The Beauty of No Expectations

She’s not just a singer. She’s an excellent singer—a diva, to be precise.
With that kind of quality, it should’ve been pretty easy for her to get signed by any huge record label (meaning: better exposure, better promotions, better—and bigger—financial backup), but she prefers to go the Do-It-Yourself way a.k.a. minimum wage, maximum work, more headache, less sleep.

Is she happy with what she’s doing?

Lani Leyli

She’s a teacher, a model and a (great) singer.
She’s Australian who’s been living in Jakarta for quite a while now—and loves it so much.
Let’s hope she will stay longer—I bet some of the boys would prefer forever—in Indonesia.

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