Category Archives: Interviews

Interviews

1526302_489577401159529_973297355_n

DRS Special Interview : Anggun Priambodo dan Film Rocket Rain.


Kamis 13 Februari 2013, Deathrockstar coba mewawancarai Anggun Priambodo, seorang sutradara yang banyak berpartisipasi di pameran seni visual baik dalam atau luar negeri dibilangan Darmawangsa. Pria lulusan Institut Kesenian Jakarta (IKJ) ini juga tergabung menjadi vokalis band bernama Bandempo, tapi karena satu dan lain hal, mereka vakum sebelum masuk era milenium. Kebanyakan karya yang dipamerkan Anggun berupa film pendek seperti “Belkibolang”. Di tahun 2003, Anggun bersama the Jadugar pernah meraih penghargaan “Best Director” di ajang Indonesia MTV Music Awards saat menaungi video musik untuk LAIN – “Train Song”. Continue reading

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 11.14.06 PM

DRS Special Interview : Sajama Cut berbicara tentang rencana album baru.

Sajama Cut sebuah band indie-rock yang sudah jauh-jauh hari kami hubungi sang frontman, Marcel Thee, untuk diminta interview tentang penggarapan album terbaru mereka dibilangan Pondok Indah pada dua pekan kemarin. Tapi karena lain dan berbagai hal, akhirnya janji itu kami undur serta berubah tempat menjadi di Niques Studio (Mahakam). Sebuah studio band berkedok toko retail ternama.

Senyum hangat dari personil Sajama Cut langsung menyambut kedatangan kami yang ternyata masih memiliki jatah tiga lagu latihan untuk Joyland Festival sebelum wawancara dimulai. Terlihat juga dua additional player yang akan membantu mereka nanti yaitu Wing Narada Putra (Glovves, Maverick) dan Baldi Calvianca (Strange Fruit). Dari serius meracik musik hingga bercandaan ‘dewasa’ mereka lontarkan diruangan studio ini. Sehabis meramu “Less Afraid” maka selesailah latihan tersebut berlanjut dengan sesi tanya-jawab ditemani kopi kaleng dingin melepas rasa kantuk.

Langsung saja, sudah berapa persen penggarapan album keempat kalian?  

Marcel: Sudah 70%. Take dasar udah ada semua, tinggal aksesoris-aksesorisnya saja

Apakah album ini berisikan semua materi baru? Atau materi-materi lama dalam penyajian baru?

Marcel: Total semua materi baru yang sebenernya mulai direkam awal 2011. Terasa banget kita berhibernasi dalam mengumpulkan materi-materinya. Dan intensitasnya ya baru beberapa bulan terakhir tahun-tahun ini untuk bisinerji menuangkan ide-ide yang ada di otak kita.

Kapankah album ini akan rampung dan diperdengarkan kepada publik?

Marcel: Kira-kira target album akan selesai desember ini. Setidaknya pertengahan atau akhir bulan Desember. Tinggal ke mixing dan mastering tahun depan. Ya idealnya sih tahun ini. Tapi dilihat persiapannya juga masih banyak banget. Dari segi produksinya juga akan makan waktu, tapi kemungkinan akan rilis di awal tahun depan Februari atau Maret. Single gue menargetkan pertengahan bulan Januari.

Untuk label sendiri apakah kalian sudah menentukannya? Dan dalam format apa?

Marcel: Label kita akan kembali mempercayakan Elevation Records, kita cocok saja dengan cara kerja mereka. Dari pengalaman kita bersama label sebelumnya kayaknya ini yang paling gak ribet. Dirilis dalam semua format (vinyl, cd, dan kaset). 

Apakah dalam pengerjaan album ini kalian berkolaborasi dengan musisi lain?

Marcel: Tahun kemarin, 2011 sampai 2013, mayoritas gue sendiri yang ngerjainnya – Jadi lebih seperti era “Apologia” dan “The Osaka Journals”. Tapi mulai akhir 2013 ini, anak-anak Sajama Cut mulai ikut kontribusi, dan dari sana warnanya juga sangat berubah. Album ini, bagi gue, adalah pertama kali “suara” anak-anak band benar-benar bisa di dengar. Dari sisi produksi, gue jauh lebih melepas mereka untuk mengintrepetasi lagu-lagunya sesuai style dan instinct mereka sendiri. Dibanding “Manimal” – dimana anak-anak mulai terlibat dengan SC -, “suara” mereka disini jauh sangat terdengar. 

Dan teman-teman sesama musisi lain juga turut bantu. Tapi gue nggak tahu ini bisa disebut kolaborasi atau nggak. Karena nggak akan semuanya akan dipakai dan kita taruh dalam album ini. Semacem pemercik ide oleh orang-orang tadi. Banyak sih sebenernya yang membantu, tapi untuk saat ini gue belum bisa bilang siapa-siapa saja mereka itu. Belum bisa bilangnya karena kita lihat hasil mixingan akhirnya. Lagu atau hasil kolaborasi siapa yang akan dihilangin. Minimal ada dua musisi luar atau dalam negeri.

Bagaimana soal pengerjaan artwork? Adakah seniman/pelukis/illutrator handal berkontribusi dalam produksi album ini?

Marcel: Gue belum bisa jawab. Sebenernya album ini adalah project seni lebih besar buat gue, dan banyak cabang-cabang lainnya. Bukan sekedar musik aja, seni visual dan lainnya juga. Ini sebuah statement dan jauh dari sekedar sebuah “album”.

Dari segi musikalitas apakah ada penambahan intsrumen daripada sebelum-sebelumnya? 

Marcel: Gue pribadi sebenernya udah nggak tertarik dengan sound-sound organik layaknya band biasa. Seperti Bass, drum, gitar, kita rekam terus udah. Gue lebih tertarik dengan proses diluar itu, nanti kayak pada umumnya terlihat beda membuat pendengar penasaran akan bunyi-bunyian tersebut. 

Dion: Lebih instrumental!

Marcel: Dan album ini, perdana personil Sajama Cut lebih banyak terlibat dari album sebelumnya. 

Hans: Intinya, tetap semua lirik ada di Marcel kita tinggal dikasih guide saja dan lebih bereksplorasi lagi dalam musiknya itu sendiri. Tinggal kalian bagaimana cara mengkonsumsi album ini nanti.

397657_542989559058929_1391588903_n

DRS Special Interview : Ian Ottaway (Spiritual Tech Support For Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

Mungkin setelah melihat judul interview ini, kalian penasaran siapa itu iAN Ottaway? Apa hubungannya dia dengan Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC), sebuah band alternative rock asal San Fransisco yang akan bertandang di Dago Tea House, Bandung awal Desember 2013.

iAN memang bukan pelaku utama atau personil band yang digawangi oleh Peter Hayes, Robert Levon Been, dan Leah Shapiro. Namun dia adalah satu dalam keluarga besar BRMC dan peranannya sangat penting sebagai jembatan penghubung antara fans dan band ini lewat interaksinya di “ASK IAN.”  Berikut interview kami untuk mengetahui lebih detil tentang siapa itu iAN Ottaway.

 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your relationship with BRMC? Since they’re making a special section for you on their official website

Um… My name is iAN and i am a shit kicker from Wichita, Kansas that was once the home of the American plains Indian but now is just an economic catastrophe full of Walmart mouthbreathers, Jesus freaks, candy asses, coffin dodgers, truck and lawnmower worshipers and general rag ass mental stereotypes and me. My section was Robert’s idea. I think he saw some asinine video I had sent to our mutual friend the beautiful Billy Nicgorski, while they were creating Beat The Devils Tattoo. Rob has the kind of mind that doesn’t really shut off, so he is pretty much fluctuating between full on creativity, generosity and the little pockets of spare time he gets to himself. I don’t think he is too comfortable with the line between the artist and the spectator.. I think he sees that we all have something to say and it gives him a kind of sweet inner joy to, sharpen your pencil, put a microphone in front of your face, put some oil on your brush and ask your creative opinion. Robert is a “we” person instead of a “me” person. I had been bumping into them on purpose for a decade so maybe they just wanted to give me something to do besides try to get them into trouble.

What are you trying to convey through each series from your short films before the debut release of Specter At The Feast?

That was an idea born between the creative Malia James and the band. I don’t know if they were trying to convey anything, if anything i think perhaps they were opening up a little on where they had been for roughly 2 years. Those films have a very natural tone to them for me. I think we all get so busy with plastics and metals, cell phones and laptops, coffee cups and steering wheels, and it’s deadly important to not forget where we came from and those before us….and how truly good it feels to be alive and thankful. Dirt on your hands, sand through your fingers, fresh water on your face, the sounds trees make in the wind, the warm sun on your back and a bug flying directly into your mouth at 70 miles an hour while riding a motorcycle. I think they all opened up their hearts and shared something deeply human. Honesty and tenderness speak volumes over flash, cash and sex appeal… at least for me.

Since you’re close enough to know their personality, can you kindly share the characteristic of each member?

Each of them have completely different backgrounds so perhaps fate brought them together.
I think Michael Been shared a lot of hard earned wisdom with them because their approach to life is something i haven’t fully commanded or disciplined myself yet enough to reach or even fully get my head around. I think it comes through in the music. I was drawn to them because they had something that reminded me of my small family back home in Wichita. They have a certain honesty and to me their souls are old fashioned. You don’t meet people like them every day, You just don’t. There is a ring of trust. I am still to this day getting to know them and i never want to truly figure them out either, we should all retain a bit of mystery shouldn’t we?

To answer your question finally…

Robert is the boy, the crusader, the shadow. He’s a fucking rubik’s cube in the dark. He is nitrous oxide on two black legs. His heart wants to make everything right all the time. He wants his way, he wants your opinion and he doesn’t change, but he grows. He is perpetually sleepy but gets more done in a week than most do in 6 months. He is often in 3 places at once. He has a dark sense of humor and a light sense of humor. He is the boy and the boy that You want to save all the time even though he isn’t in danger. He loves being in the forest and the desert, he loves places like Cambodia, he is a songwriter and a song in itself.

Leah is a flower. Leah is the voice of reason when bullshit clutters the air. Leah is a translator. Leah is an avid reader, very educated and at the same time cool as the California ocean. She is Zen and she is funny, she is a master in the weaving movement of music. She also drums like a motherfucker.

Peter. A very uncomplicated person who is constantly being complicated by other forces. Peter is the smell of gasoline.
Peter is nicotine swallowed. He is the blue flame lick color of a bunsen burner. He is Billy the kid unique, his soul is much like the soul of Abraham Lincoln or a grandfather clock, even his laugh is as old as the mountains. Like a soldier he very much keeps his priorities in order and needs very little to survive. He counts his blessings and is a sentimental creature which is rare these days. He too is a song.
His approach to life is very much along the lines of the American Indian which is take only what You need and give back at the same time. Like Leah and Robert, he is a rare gem… a very rare find.

A circle of trust.

You’re a great writer according to all of the members, what kind of content that you’re trying to share in order to gain attention from BRMC’s fans?

i don’t know about great writer, more like a madman who escaped from a mental hospital and got his hands on a pencil and a piece of paper. I think what is fun about writing is that sometimes You can help to remind people about the small things, You can remind them that it’s ok to feel that pain in your heart for no reason other than being alive and how sadly beautiful it all is. I also enjoy making people laugh and question their own perception of things. I like to use the site to listen to both the adults and the kids who listen to BRMC. We like to look into their lives like a two way mirror and see their joys and their sorrows and hear their voices. We like to see their art, hear their music, watch their videos. I like to use the site to give people a platform to share their music and songwriting talent. I like to do my best to keep people up to date on BRMC LIVE fan videos and news from around the world, with the help of the artist who did the drawings inside of the SPECTER album. Her name is Paula, Hi Paula!

I am lucky that i get to spend a lot of time exposing the beauty of other people. The world is a scary and ugly place sometimes and i like to show that too, but that by far is not all that there is here. There are other things in life besides, war, money, and texting and it’s called Rockand Roll.

BRMC is coming to Indonesia soon, can you share some tips for their fans here?

Maybe You should give us some tips?

Bring Your Heart and Soul and leave your worries at the door.
Unfold your arms, put them in the air like You were on a roller coaster ride.
Let the electricity permeate your body.
Scream during the loud songs and listen to the quiet ones.
Dance, jump, sing, reflect, just don’t throw shit or step on any pedals, hahahaha
I think i can speak for the band when i say we are very, very lucky to be welcomed to Indonesia and to be invited into such a rich culture of exotic and beautiful people and to share music on a few nights with You. You make our hearts shine.

Thank You, Thanks to Etam and Arsianty (BRMC Indonesia) and Everyone who helped make this happen.
Step into the circle of Trust and let’s fucking ROCK AND ROLL!

559006_10152276086170046_160538738_n

DRS Special Interview : Jack Bartrop (Director of “SubJakarta”)

Jack Bartrop seorang musisi asal Brighton berlandaskan rasa ingin tahu yang besar tentang skena musik rock’n’roll Indonesia, pada bulan lalu menggarap sebuah film dokumenter yang bertajuk “SubJakarta.” Ada pun film dokumenter berdurasi 20 menit ini dibagi menjadi dua. Bagian pertama, visual berlatarkan suara David Tarigan yang menjelaskan sejarah musik rock’n’roll di Indonesia dan bagian kedua, Jack mengikuti perjalanan band Indische Party dari rekaman sampai pesta rilisnya.

Berikut interview kita bersama Jack Bartrop yang menceritakan proses pembuatan film dokumenter, “SubJakarta.”

+ Can you tell us a bit about your purpose behind the making of SubJakarta short movie? What message you wish to deliver to the audiences?

-  Over the last year I have been studying in Brighton, UK for a masters degree in Media Practice and International Development. As part of my course, I was lucky enough to get funding to cover a story in a part of the world I had never been to. I am a musician and play in a band called Nitzam (nitzam.bandcamp.com) so I wanted to explore an underground music scene far away from the one I know in Brighton. I have heard nothing but good things about Indonesia as a place so I began to search out some great Indonesian bands, which luckily was very easy. I travelled to Jakarta without any expectations of what the documentary was going to be about but I really wanted to communicate the sense of community I witnessed. For an Indonesian audience; SubJakarta hopefully inspires pride in its musical talent, but for my intended audience in the UK; I wanted to show the importance of music-centered communities, something that I think could be improved in Brighton specifically.

+ How long does it take to complete all the data research required for the movie itself from a credible source like David Tarigan?

-  As I said before, I travelled to Indonesia completely alien to the country and its music, except for the odd bit of Gamalan I had heard in school when I was younger and the Indonesian psych compilation; ‘Those Shocking Shaking Days’. All the information in the documentary is what I learnt from the people I met in Jakarta. When talking about Indonesian rock’n’roll with anyone in Jakarta, David Tarigan was described as a walking, talking Wikipedia of its history. They weren’t wrong! I was expecting to conduct an interview with him but once he began; I was taken on an hour and a half journey through Indonesia’s musical history since independence. Condensing it all down into 7 minutes was a hard process because it was all gold, but I felt I had to do his stories justice, so that’s why I started the mammoth task of animating everything by hand.

+ SubJakarta explores rock’n'roll as a global culture, influenced by the West but thriving in the East. How far this rock’n'roll music scenes had developed for you personally?

- Indonesia is often referred to as a developing country, which suggests it is underdeveloped compared to other countries. I am interested in music first and foremost, in this way I think Indonesian rock’n’roll scenes are just as developed as they are in the West. The main problem is that in the UK, Indonesian rock’n’roll for example is pretty hard to find, but if more people can be linked up to it through projects like SubJakarta then they might discover some great new music.

+ Is this your first attempt in making a short movie about music?

- This is the first film I’ve made, apart from a few music videos, that’s why I tried to make SubJakarta into a kind of hybrid between music video and documentary. I’m already beginning to work on new projects.

+ What makes you interested in exploring Indonesia’s underground music scenes? (such as following Indische Party journey from the the production process until the album released?)

-  As a musician I’m fascinated by the ways that other bands write music and how a group of different personalities make up a band. A lot of people want to just listen to the music, but if I hear something that inspires me, I want to find out what inspired whoever created it. I planned on staying with a wide range of bands while in Jakarta but Indische Party were so welcoming from the very start that I felt it would make a better filmed if I got to know a small group really well, rather than just skimming the surface of the music scene.

+ Can you tell us your 5 most favourite Indonesian bands and the reason why?

5. Benny Soebardja and The Lizard – I can barely find anything on these guys but the track ‘Candle Light’ is my favourite track on ‘Those Shocking Shaking Days’, such a nice beat, would make a great Hip-Hop sample.

4. Dara Puspita – David Tarigan put me onto these girls. Such important music historically, but so much fun and the production on each track is amazing.

3. Pure Saturday – I was lucky enough to film these guys rehearse on my trip. It didn’t make it to the documentary because they aren’t really that underground, but I loved how their music reminded me so much of some of my favourite British bands.

2. Tielman Brothers – I have never showed someone a video of the Tielman Brothers playing live without them being amazed. Incredible showmanship.

1. Indische Party – has to be really, great people, making great music. I owe these guys so much!