Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m currently based in Bali. There’s so many different music scenes in Bali from traditional music to the underground scene.
How did you first start singing and playing music?
I was interested in music from a young age and played my first instrument at 6years old. As a young teenager I explored all types of instruments and listened to all kinds of different music that inspired me to start writing, make music and learn how to sing.
You’ve recently landed in Australia, how’s it been so far?
Melbourne has been amazing, I’ve seen a lot of great bands, underground culture, street art and skateboarding scene. The city is so inspiring.
You’ve just released your debut 14 track album ‘The Time Is Now’ what influenced the sound and songwriting?
The influence mostly comes from the 50’s era to the 70s punk and rock and roll. My songwriting is mostly influenced from my own life experiences.
How did you go about writing the music and over what time period were the songs written?
There are both English and Indonesian songs on my album which I have written over the past few years. Some songs came to me effortlessly but others took a little longer.
Where and when did you record and who with?
I recorded my album between Jakarta and Bali with a lot of talented musicians. I finished the album with my producer Cipta Gun at his studio in Bali.
How did you approach the recording process?
Some songs were recorded live and other songs were recorded track by track between Jakarta and Bali.
What programs/instruments did you use to record/produce/master?
We used all live recorded instruments and protools to master.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the songwriting and recording process?
The most challenging thing was probably scheduling everyone’s time to record. The most rewarding thing was being able to compose my music with so many talented people.
Where can we buy/listen to ‘The Time Is Now’?
The album is out now on all digital music platforms. The CD and merchandise is available through my website www.reno.co.id
You are from the beautiful country of Indonesia, what is the live music scene like there at the moment?
Indonesia is huge and we have more than 17,000 islands so we definitely have a broad mix of all types of live music. From traditional, electronic, punk and pop culture.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m not listening to anything in particular at the moment but I’m always looking for all types of new music and bands to inspire me.
What’s planned for 2020?
Touring to promote my album ‘The Time is now’ and a lot of skateboarding.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
In Bali you can always catch me hanging at ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Twice’ bar or the skatepark. My favourite food is Babi guling, google it 🙂