Year 2017. I had been busy trying to create music on my own, arranging, composing, you know, the whole lot. I had learnt how to mix. I had even made a song just to try things out: “Hemat (Teorinya) Pangkal Kaya”. The mix quality is awful (sorry), but hey it was part of the learning process. Here it is if you want to have a listen:
This was just the start though. I evolved from there. Wrote some more songs, mixed them out, and mastered some, just to try things out. I was just so excited and could not wait to share them. But an EP would not be enough. I had to make an album, and if it were to be my last (due to my uncompromising age), it should be a proper full-length album with generous numbers of tracks. Plus, publishing an album with 5 tracks and 15 tracks will probably cost the same for a bedroom indie musician like me. I had thought about it really. About publishing a sizeable EP around 5 to 6 songs? But what would I get from that? I’m not an emerging artist, I’m not cool enough, and far from any hype. So any decision should be personal. And my personal taste prefers a full length album with even more tracks than Where I Belong.
The problem is of course if time, or free time to be exact, a luxury in my everyday life. I had no idea where the music is going to take me. For once I thought I was going to dig into electronic dance music beats. This is because late in the year, I had this one gig with Warman Nasution (of TOR) where we had a duo performance (I was on bass, he was on his guitar, both of us singing) playing tribute songs from Benyamin Sueb with an EDM music on the background. I was total fun, and I think everyone who were there quite enjoyed it. So for a time I thought, with 4 songs in my pocket, I was going to go that route for the remaining songs that is yet to be produced.
But no. After the gig, I just couldn’t find any time to start again. So 2018 was quite an unproductive year for my music. I did nothing. Well, apart from playing covers and learning songs I couldn’t play previously. Fun. But not productive.
2019 is bound to be different! I have 4 songs in my pocket. And I’m determined to finish my LAST album ! The last songs I will probably write and publish…