I have brought up in a family that loves music. My father was a singer who even won local competition.
So from my early childhood I listened to a lot of my dad’s favorite songs, both Indonesian (Simphoni yg Indah and Widuri) or international such as: Oh Carroll and Mr. Postman. My dad also introduced me to Frank Sinatra, Elvis and The Beatles.
As I entered school I started to have my own favorite songs, pretty much influenced by my friends. I listened to local artists such as Chrisye, Vina Panduwinata, Jayanti Mandasari, Gomloh, Iwan Fals and even Billbrod. At the same time I got to know Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Madonna, Bon Jovi and many other. At that time, Indonesian TV are very much managed by the government. We dont get to see a lot of Music Video. So, Radio is my main source of musical influence.
At the time, if you like an artist so much, you buy their cassette. But, for an elementary school girl it is way too expensive. I remembered the first cassette that I have was bought by my mom. It was a mixed records with songs from Sonia, Tina Turner, Garth Brooks and many more. The year was 1989.
Then I started savings my pocket money. The first cassette that I bought was Repeat Offender from Richard Marx. I also bought A shoulder to cry on from Tommy Page.
During middle school I contracted the boyband fever. Yes, New Kids on The Block was the ultimate boyband to me. In addition to the NKOTB I also listened to Roxxette, Michael Learns To Rock, White Lion and Guns N Roses. In terms of Indonesian music I love to listen to Kla Project.
In high school I got influenced by my older brother taste of slow rocks. He even created a compilation that he called Rocks that Slipped Away period. This include among others Nelson, Warrant, Bad English, Damn Yankees, Europe and many more.
In the mid of 90s I moved to Surabaya to pursue my bachelor degree. During this period I listened to Kenny G and Stevie B. Then the second wave of Boyband came. I love Backstreet Boys songs that I refused anything related to ‘Nsync 🤣. Like many others I also got hit by Britney Spears. During this time I fell in love with Savage Garden and Lighthouse Family. It was a really difficult period for me juggling with adulthood and study. So, Oasis album Whats the Story Morning Glory was a real saviour of those times.
Towards the end of my study I bought two more cassettes from two divas: Shania Twain and Celine Dion.
Another era in my music began when I came to England to pursue my master degree. I got into the rythm of Britpop and listened to Blue, Westlife, Five, S Club 7 and Kylie Minogue. I also got to know Coldplay with their first song Yellow. To be honest I did not know that they will last until now 👏 another music for me at that time was Travis.
During my PhD study I listened to a lot of pop alternative such as Maroon 5, Train and Five for Fighting. I also got to know Three Doors Down. Then Justin Timberlake produced his solo album. I love the songs Like I Love You that I made it into polyphonic ringtone for my first Panasonic handphone. Then I started to acknowledge that ‘Nsync also has a lot of good songs 😄
I came back to Indonesia and started to live in Surabaya in 2005. At that time, an Indonesian Band called Peterpan conquered the musical scene in Indonesia. As I started working I listened to Katy Perry, Beyonce, Rihanna, Ne-Yo. But during my visit to Japan I fell in love with Daniel Powter. Also came into my radar is The Script. One of the difficult period in my life is when I lost my father in 2010. At that time I listened a lot to Owl City’s Vanilla Twilight.
Nowadays the music industry has shifted. In the old days its very easy to recognise the artist who sings the song. Nowadays, a single track is a collaboration of many musicians. So there are alot of feat in the singer of the songs. The type of music is also changing with the introduction of EDM. I was not into it at first. Until I heard Coldplay collaboration with The Chainsmoker in Something Just like this.
It is now also very easy to get the music that you love.
I totally embrace the era of Spotify where I can create the playlists from each era of my life.