The Up-and-Down History of Indie Label in Indonesia

Some people may still be familiar with indie bands. According to the origin of independent word which means independence, independent, free-spirited, and independent, to the extent that freely adopted, can be interpreted two notions of indie bands that now thrive in the country.

Understanding unity that can be given to the indie band is their works are outside the mainstream or contrary to the style of the song that is selling in the market. They are free to spark a work that is very contrary to that of the market, or in a different word is not commercial and typically has its own market share of the type of song they offer.

The second understanding of indie bands is that the band recorded and sold their own songs. Usually these bands have songs that can be accepted by the market, but in the cultivation of the album, they do not involve major labels or record companies that already have names.

Recent developments, not a few bands that spawned an indie album that turned out to have a large market share. Their marketing generally passes between the antagonists or through the established network of schools.

This is different from the situation abroad. Usually a label can and want to facilitate the band under their auspices to the maximum, to the extent that the band can achieve success because of a reciprocal relationship that is comparable to the label. Call it a successful overseas indie record company like Fatwreck, Epitaph Records, Matador Records, etc.

One of the major dividends acquired by a band that has entered the major label is in terms of broader cassette distribution, and the commercial side of the band is clearly more uplifted. But it does not mean that the entire band approves of the superiority that this major path offers, because for some of the most important musicians for a band is the freedom to work, which perhaps can not be obtained through major record companies.

The precursor to the formation of indie atmosphere in Indonesia is difficult to get out of the pioneer rocker-rocker changes of the 1970s as a precursor.

They are following the first generation of Indonesian rockers. In fact, the songs played by the bands above are not their own songs.

This counter-productive tradition then recorded the history of his name that had been smashed on the national stage.

Besides, it is Log Zhelebour who gave birth to the first rock record label in Indonesia, Logiss Records. The first product of this label is God Bless Black Ants third album which was launched in 1988 and sold to 400,000 tapes in all Indonesia.

In the 2000s to the present, indie music is growing rapidly by the growing number of independent record labels. Especially supported by internet technology civilization that allows them to introduce works for a potential audience with a lower cost through the music blog, social networking like Myspace which is also used independent music companies to create a great civilization in business.

It is also supported by the seriousness of independent record labels in business and promotion which recently was intensively implemented by Aksara Records and De Majors in Jakarta and FFWD Records in Bandung.

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The indie recording company spends the ground or container for post-punk, indie pop, electronic, metal, alternative rock, etc bands, broad distribution channels, comparable outcomes between labels and bands, DIY idealists (Do It Yourself) marketing, art and artificial guides given their belief in freedom of expression, innovation and diversity with simple destinations, disseminating and introducing the music they love.

Now it is time for indie bands to indicate all the potential and ability. Do not imitate independent senior bands that fail, without work, and without appreciation. Being indie band is easy, but so the indie band that ‘success’ is indeed need a long struggle, sweat, effort, and hard work. Also capital and opportunities as supporters.

so, for you who want a career in the world “INDIE”, wise & not infrequently up-to-date about info about music.

There is so much to learn from music

In this article, here are some thoughts on what we bring learning music. It is obvious that music allows us to develop, improve, gain confidence, develop our senses etc …

There is no age to learn music , the only mistake would be not to start. There is so much to learn from music.

The awakening of the senses

Music is an art that develops mainly 3 senses:


You do not have to draw a picture, but touch is a very important part of music. The musician expresses feelings through music (joy, pain, pain …) and his instrument that interprets it. All this to say that touch can nuance, color, intensify these nuances. Moreover, if we look at some classical scores (for example those of F. Chopin), we realize how much the composers are very attentive to this and the touch allows to express these sensitivities.


Listening to sounds is part of musical learning, especially through musical dictation exercises. Every musician must be able to hear and reproduce a sound or a melody. Some even have the absolute ear. But without going so far, it is obvious that the ear of a musician will be more “sensitive” to notes and more generally to sounds.


The musician obviously needs his eyes to read or write a score. But beyond this evidence and as mentioned above, the musician develops qualities and reading skills that others will not have (regularity and anticipation).

Music is therefore an art that significantly develops these three senses.


Music allows a better knowledge of oneself and one’s sensibilities. I do not speak only of Chopin’s nocturnes which can reveal the romanticism of each one.Learning to play music can evacuate or express any form of feelings (anger, joy, pain, deliverance …), it is above all the expression of oneself, of a state of soul or spirit. Through music, the musician learns to know himself, to free himself and to express himself.

The social function

Of course, music plays a predominant role at the social level. It is by definition a moment of sharing and complicity that can be found in other areas such as sports.Making music allows you to exchange, enjoy, listen and simply to live unforgettable moments with friends or family.

The performance

This is one of the great advantages of the conservatory, this teaching makes it possible very early to measure itself to an audience. Very quickly, we teach young pianists, guitarists, violinists and others to play in public. Beyond technical performance, you have to manage your anxiety, your stress, overcome your fear of doing well.
It is undoubtedly a learning for everyday life, we will all be brought one day to speak in public, it learns, you have to know how to manage your emotions and music, like theater for example, allows to to develop this capacity that we all have in ourselves to go beyond our fears and shyness. You have to build self-confidence.
I’m not always in tune with this teaching, simply because conservatoires have sometimes forgotten the notion of pleasure for the benefit of performance. However, the search for excellence, that is to say, not to be satisfied with an “almost” is always commendable and a teaching valid for all the life, whatever the field.


Learn music when you are an adult

Many people wanted to learn music, but they could not realize their dream during childhood and adolescence. At some point in their life, some of them wish to realize this dream. But the fear of failure and some other more or less justified excuses (like lack of time) prevents them from embarking on the adventure. Is it really possible to master this artistic discipline by starting learning as an adult? The answer is YES . Here are some reasons that might convince you.

But first and foremost, all artistic activity must be a pleasure, and that’s especially true when one is in adulthood.Why make music except to discover, practice and love this art? Certainly, when one is a child, motivations and intentions can come from adults (often this is the case for that matter). But as an adult, this learning can only be a personal desire and envy.

Adults have the will to learn

When an adult decides to learn music, he is aware of his choice. It means that he really has the will to start the adventure. This is important when learning this fairly complex art, which requires perseverance and a lot of passion. That’s why so many children end up giving up. They did not really choose to take singing or instrumental lessons. This is a choice imposed by their parents.

Adults are more motivated

An adult also knows his taste for music. Thus, he can choose easily and freely the discipline that fascinates him as well as his music school. This can only optimize his motivation. However, it is a necessary quality, even essential, to succeed. In addition, an adult can express his real expectations. Thus, instead of being a student subject to his master, he puts himself in the place of an apprentice who wants to exchange and share knowledge with the music teacher. Learning will be done with less constraint.

The ability to learn has no age

Does an adult still have the intellectual capacity to assimilate new knowledge? This is the question that people ask frequently and that they mistakenly think of having the answer. American studies in neuroscience have shown that musical learning can begin at any age . It turns out that the human brain is able to receive and tame new information even after 60 years. Thus, a motivated adult who shows great patience and perseverance will have no difficulty learning music. It should not be denied, however, that a child literally absorbs what one teaches him, an adult can be slowed by his personal experience (failures or successes), his doubts …

The possibility of having access to age-appropriate education

An adult and a child do not have the same vision of things. For the little ones, taking music lessons is a banal activity. They start there without asking any questions and without thinking about the obstacles they might encounter. On the other hand, adults know in advance that work is going to be particularly difficult.They are aware of the efforts to be made and the time to devote to the study. That is why they need a rather special teaching technique.
Currently, it is quite possible to find training that meets their needs. We can even learn the music without mastering the music theory. Many teachers offer this kind of method. This can only interest people who do not have much patience in learning music theory.

However, learning music theory can also be an asset because the adult may have more facilities than a child to understand the rules and it will allow him to move forward because an adult needs concrete, solidity, a pedestal and music theory is one of them. There are more questions as an adult. Everything will depend on the motivation, its desire, its objectives a little like an adult decides to play sports: how often, with what desire, its motivations and objectives.

A wide choice of adult education

It was a time when to learn an artistic discipline, it was necessary to enter the conservatory of music . Currently, it is no longer mandatory. Many offers that are more suitable for adults exist. It is now possible to take classes on the Internet. This has several advantages. First of all, you can manage your time freely. This is important for an adult who has many responsibilities. We must also mention the privilege of learning according to its rhythm and desires. Learn music online is also possible, however, be careful to find the right site, good advice and to advise you by a music teacher who will correct you if necessary. It’s a bit like sport: you can learn on your own but at the risk of mis-learning or doing bad things that could be more damaging than profitable, it is advisable to be supervised by a competent person who can advise you or you correct if necessary.

To conclude, it is clear that you can learn and make music when you are an adult. Before starting, do not believe that it will be done in a weekend with the miracle method (which does not exist, do not look for it!). First and foremost, the right questions must be asked, such as the time to be given to musical learning in one’s schedule. Remember that the contribution of musical learning is not limited to music alone .

Like any new artistic adventure, sports …, it is important, even vital, to set goals for achievement. You should not be too ambitious at the risk of discouraging you, but you should be motivated enough to motivate yourself and progress. For example, if you decide to learn the piano at age 50, it is obvious that 6 months will not be enough to play a Chopin nocturne, a Mozart sonata or a Bach fugue. However, you can really enjoy yourself with some piano notes played well. If we continue the analogy with the sport, you can manage to run a 10 km in 1h30. Certainly, the speed is not the best, but you will have the immense satisfaction of having done it. As an adult, one certainly seeks performance but perhaps in relation to oneself and one’s own pleasure.

Nothing prevents you from setting higher goals as you progress, which is nevertheless related to the time and seriousness you devote to this activity. But above all, keep the pleasure of playing as your primary goal!