DJ, Club Owner, IT Consultant
What music are you into at the moment?
Mostly Indonesian bands like Rumah Sakit’s 1+2, Mata Jiwa, and Suar Marabahaya by ((Auman)). I still keep updated with the electronic stuff from www.residentadvisor.net as well.
What was the first record you bought—any interesting story behind it?
I don’t really remember the first record that I bought. What I really remember is one of my older cousins introduced me to Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction. I was still in elementary school, 4th grade, at the time. Then I asked my mother to buy me the album at Duta Suara Sabang. Appetite For Destruction really changed my life. It was absorbed deep into my bones. While other kids wrote on their school assignments that they wanted to be presidents/doctors/architects when they grew up, I declared that I wanted to be a musician—yes, I fell in love with rock-n-roll since that early age! And rock-n-roll became my future. I thank Guns N Roses for that.
What are your all-time favourite albums? Why?
Guns N Roses’ Appetite For Destruction. ‘Nuff said.
The Prodigy’s Music For The Jilted Generation. This record was a massive turning point, it opened my heart wide, turned me into a serious electronic music junkie and pretty much inspired me to cofound my electronic band, Media Distorsi.
Mötley Crüe’s Dr. Feelgood. The true essence of sex, drugs, and rock n roll.
Ghost’s Opus Eponymous. It was like love at first sight when I first heard that album back in 2011. Oh, they are Swedish, too, for God’s sake!
Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral. Trent Reznor at his best.
Original Soundtracks of The Crow, Singles, Judgment Night, and Spawn. They are vital legacies from the 90s, when everything was so cool (unlike now).
What was the worst record you ever purchased?
To be honest, Metallica’s 12″ LP Load. Until now I keep thinking why I did I buy that record. Haha!
Who do you want to be, other than yourself, next time you reincarnate?
Lucy in the sky with diamonds.
What book are you reading now and what’s the score (1-10)?
Memoar Melawan Lupa: Catatan-Catatan Tentang Insiden Sabtu Kelabu Tragedi AACC 9 Februari 2008 dan Ujungberung Rebels by Kimung. I give it a big 8.5.
What new movie should people see? Why?
I just watched Sound City (directed by Dave Grohl). It’s like a revelation. If you are passionate about music, live for music, sleep with music, and ready to die for music, you better watch this movie.
What song do you choose to start your weekend?
“(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do?” by Filter & The Crystal Method.
And song you choose to end your weekend?
“Pure Shores” by All Saints.
Indra7 seems to always have loads on his plate. Other than his 9-5 work schedule in the IT industry, he runs his newly renovated Borneo Beer House after office hours, DJ’s around the clubs in Jakarta on the weekends, a good father and husband on Sundays, while, amongst all of this, also active with his Jakarta Techno Militia collective and Microchip record label.
• This interview was firstly published on The Beat (Jakarta) #84, April 2013
• Check out also video of his now-defunct electronic band, Media Distorsi, “Confession Pt. 1”