What do you feel about your journey so far?
Homestly, I rasa bersyukur. Because I tak sangka that in a blink of an eye, though it took some time, but to me, it is still feels like a miracle, to be able to work with award winning musician AG COCO and cut four singles, with two been co writing projects.
I think my musical journey mimics the intensity and rigour of the outlook I have on my life. Though I faced setbacks, as we all do, I try my best not to squander each and every bit of opportunity that came by or fell into my lap. We know how little those things can be at times.
Being positive all the time is a hustle but I will not be where I am today if not for that. What started as a hobby, music has become the lighthouse, the beacon that shines my paths. If I have my music, I feel I have something.
I do freelancing when I am between jobs. At some point, the between period was longer than what I’ve anticipated, as well as clients who wants to sign my firm to do their projects, but through all those times, music distracted me from being too worried and weary ..I guess I was and saved by the music.
Can you share a bit about your new upcoming singles Angin and Bertahan?
Sure. This year has seen many firsts for me. I did my own music videos after waiting for bigger financial readiness to rush in, why not. AG COCO has dropped hints that I should consider working a new music from scratch with him, and this year, the stars alligned, and AG was able to squeeze some of his busy time to slot in some jam and studio time for me.
I’ve heard, I mean, I read anecdotes about how Lady Gaga and Adele also do their music. They co write and work with great musicians. And from that colloboration, something fresh is produced. It is opposed to where only the si ger songwriter is the sole created of the piece. In a lot of way, the meshings and the juxtaposition of ideas and direction became a harmony. And that was, something a single song writer can do just by him lr her self. I am honoured to be given the chance by AG himself.
Before we started he was trying to gauge my direction, or what my feel or signature sounds is like. We have worked together for Memori and Selalu, which he produced, so moving forward, finding that elusive identity or sound, is the next impossible tasks.
I mean, I shared with AG the songs I like. It ranges from Peter Cincotti, Mario Fangoulis to Alex Clazziquai, BTS and Min Woo Hyuk. I also dig Lorenzo Fragola, Giacomo Caccomo, Raisa and Bams of Samsons band.
Looking at that and charting my wat forward, AG was the one who try to understand me. Even I cannot begin to fathom, what I am, where I am going ..I am too close to myself. One minute I say whoa ..classical pop is cool, then I hear Annalisa and go hang ten ..then I hear BTS’ Spring Days, I go ga ga.
I know one thing though. I may like soo many different songs but I may only be able to really sing well in only a handful of them.
I’ve heard Rudy Nasta kinda helped me explain my music to a colleague as Annuar Zain but alternative rock band ..then Jad Lobo, the infamous back up vocalist ( also a voice instructor and songwriter) said that I may as well sound like Roy ( of thr Katakan Boleh song, basing on the new single vibes).
For quite some time, cheeks flushed with embarrasment, I actually wanted someone to hopelessly connotated that I sounded like Josh Groban or Mario Frangoulis ..haha..
Angin and Bertahan was made within a short spanse of each other. They even carry similar intro words for their respective verses ..which is Seribu Tahun..
I don’t know, I was kinda amazed by the people of yesteryears..the Buddhist and Hindus of nusantara, our forefathers, at least my ancestors ..who are devout subscribers of Buddhism and Hindu beliefs that even made this part of the world i famous for its brand of tantric and mystic teachings ..some while before Islam..even after Islam, the tenets of Buddhism for example, those that do not transgress, which was brough down by examplary teachings and practices, was adapted internally ..making, suppossedly ..for a very mystical muslim experiences ..
Seribu tahun is long ..maybe I was also influenced by the Chinese daram Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms but I believe, that period was a testament of a feeling so strong that has taken hold of someone who is in the thralls of love.
As opposed to Angin, Bertahan is more rockish, and very sad. Sad but hopeful. It is not depressed but ..you know, holding on. Holding on, you know, needs more than strength, it demands will. So, it is really mind, heart and soul trifecta.
Angin, compared to Bertahan, I have heard it being described as sweet. It tells about how we wish to be near someone we like when we misses them. More so, if its long distanve or, worse ..unrequitted. So, Angin speaks about wanting help but resolved to understanding that, the missings won’t go, it will stay strong inside, flaming, though we don’t know or wish we can solve it but with what. Being happy nonetheless. It is ..might I say..if you miss someone, it might be love, right ..and being in love, or the thought of it, could mean a certain brand of contentment in itself for some. Bersyukur dengan apa adanya …gittew..