Indonesian Popular Music
Do you like Indonesian popular music? If you do then what’s Indonesian popular songs that you’re listening recently?
I have to admit that after the era of 80-90′s I haven’t been really up to date about popular music in general. Both Indonesian and western. I know a song several months or even a year after it hits the music charts. I used to follow the charts during the era of 80′s – 90′s though. Mostly western musics. That’s because at that time there were few Indonesian musicians/artists who can compete with western’s in popular musics. Only few could offer good music products for young generations.
I noticed that 90′s was a start of the raise of Indonesian musics. Indonesian artists/musicians tried hard to learn how to make a good songs/musics. There were young generations of Indonesian artists/musicians who formed several – later to be famous – bands. They spread the seeds and fought hard against western musics. Supported also by the music video producers/makers. We saw how Indonesian music try to find its form. 90′s was really a battlefield.
At the era of millenium we could see that Indonesian musicians/artists began to conquer their domestic market. The seed had grown to be a fruit. On the contrary, western musics started to loose its dominations and tight grip into Indonesian preference in musics. The appreciation shown by the new young generations in Indonesia also helped a lot. They really appreciate Indonesian arts especially music. Their demands of a quality Indonesian music met very well with the songs/musics released by the Indonesian artists/musicians.
Now we can see that popular music domestic market are quite dominated by Indonesian musics. It’s very good. What can be better than to have local products as the king in its own country. Personally, I listen to Indonesian music more often than western nowadays. Because it’s simply everywhere. On the radio, TV, public places, public transportations, even on the streets.
I still remember how I like to listen to Edane during my time in school/university back in 80-90′s. It’s a hard rock band led by Eet Syahranie, one of the best guitarist in Indonesia. He’s a few – if not the only one – Indonesian guitarist who was one of Eddie van Halen students. Now? I listen more to Andra & The Backbone’s music. It’s more pop and less rock compare to Edane. But still it’s one of the best rock group in current Indonesian popular music map.
I used to like Fariz RM, Deddy Dhukun, Dian Pramana Putera, and KLA Project a long time ago. It’s the symbol of Indonesian popular music back in the 80′s. Now? I find it difficult to mention certain names. Because there are so many. It think you can do better than me in this one
Anyway, one thing that also helps Indonesian music popularity nowadays is youtube. There are many Indonesian music videos uploaded there and watched by people across the world. Not only by the Indonesians who live abroad but also by the Singaporean, Malaysian, and Brunei people who speak “similar” language (they speak Malay while we speak Indonesian). Some viewers are even coming from “unsimilar speaking language” such as India and Phillipines. They appreciate the quality of Indonesian music as well.
In the last several days I’ve been watching some Indonesian music videos as well in youtube. It’s really informative for me. Sometimes I listen to a song played in public places without knowing who’s the singer or what’s the title of the song. Now I can find it in youtube complete with the video
Now I’m gonna share a music video that I found recently in youtube. I’m not sure how many times I played this one but it’s quite a lot It’s a simple song with interesting chorus. I like how they combined the vocals. Like I said before, I just knew this song recently eventhough I believe this song hit the chart quite a long time ago
Now how about you, what do you like about Indonesian music?
note : I don’t really like to get involved in neverending and useless debate about plagiatism in Indonesian music. For me, being inspired and trying to develop some short notes from other song is not a plagiatism. Totally different with the case of Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai song which copied almost note by note from Peterpan song called Tak Bisakah. Or many dangdut songs which copied its major part from India’s songs (sorry I can’t give you the links cause I’m not sure what are the title and whether the videos are available)