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Bedroom bands in Indonesia

06-13-2011 09:54 BJT

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From a small house in southern Jakarta, two young Indonesians are launching a music revolution. They've created an online record label for distributing music received through social media including Facebook and Twitter.

28-year-old Ganesha Mahendra and 30-year-old Ridwan Yuniardika are members of a unique kind of musician in Jakarta, who call themselves "bedroom musicians".

By definition, a bedroom musician records his or her songs in an actual bedroom or a room in their house, using simple equipment such as a laptop, an acoustic guitar and keyboard.

Ganesha saw the need to create a medium for bedroom musicians to express themselves freely.

He joined forces with Ridwan and founded the "inmyroom" netlabel in January 2008.

The netlabel is completely free, and it distributes all the music that they receive through its various online media including Facebook and Twitter.

Ganesha explains that the only rule is that the music needs to be created in a bedroom.

23-year-old keyboardist Aga Rasyidi first learned about the netlabel when he met Ridwan. At the time the band had only produced 4 songs.

Ridwan encouraged Aga to release his music through the netlabel without fear of being told that their music was not good enough.

Aga says that netlabels are the perfect medium for starting-up indie bands to sample their music to the world and expand their network.

Netlabels are clearly growing in the world's fourth most-populous nation.

These netlabels do not just produce indie bands or bedroom musicians, but some have also taken on more commercial artists.

They are unique in that people can download their music for free, including some of the original cover albums.

For Ganesha, the more bedroom musicians that sign up to his netlabel, the better. Ganesha has plans to stage a live show for the label's artists to get them to connect their music to a larger audience.

He hopes to find a sponsorship for the show, and if the show becomes a success, it can be a stepping stone for the netlabel to gain more popularity.

While Indonesia's netlabels are gaining ground, some major recording labels in the country may feel a bit threatened.

But it's believed that netlabels can live side-by-side with major labels because they aim for a very different type of recording artist.

As such netlabels are key in ensuring the diversity and creativity of musicians in the country.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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