The New Soloist in Town: Josh Kunze

The first time you meet him, you probably will be intimidated by his deep eyes. Meet Josh Kunze, the 29-year-old singer is currently prepping up his debut album. Prior to his album, he already released a single titled Something Special, which is available on iTunes, Spotify and Apple music.

Tell us exactly when did you realize that you want to do music in your life?

“I think music has always been a big part of my life. My parents are no musician or whatsoever, but since a baby, I grew up with music and art. Mom loved to play classical music, and my father did a great job with his mixtape with many great songs in it. Music hold a big part in my life. But then again, I started to get involved in music at 12 years old. I wanna sing more ever since. Thus, I learned how to making music left and right. I’ve met many people in label, and other musicians to help me with my music. But in the end, I decided to make my own music and produced it by myself. Thank God I found a producer who clicked with my taste of music and we started to do this album.”

When did you start the project and can you share the process to us?

“I started the project since five years ago. I met this producer who’s basically just my cup of tea. He is Rayendra Sunito, one of the producers for Glenn Fredly and Raisa. Unfortunately, after I met him couple years ago, I had to put my work on hold, but we continued it again around a year and half ago. My close friend, Marco Steffiano, who happened to be a drummer in Barasuara, helped me with the producing, too. Marco had the similar idea with me because we’ve been friends since years ago and he could pinpointing my idea to be realized with his musical experience.”

“At first, I wanted to buy songs from songwriter, but it was rather difficult to get an English song, and translating it wouldn’t make any sense. So Rayendra told me to write one or two songs, and I had fun while writing it until I got tons of them already. And I feel blessed because this album is pretty much me and my friends’ project. Rayendra, Marco and Gerald Situmorang helped me a lot.”

Looking at where are you now, what makes you keep going and reach out your dreams even more?

“I think that’s the beauty in it; my passion for music. I had the ups and downs through the journey. It took around 7-10 years before I got here. I had little doubts because I need to cooperate with record label and all. And because I’m half Indonesian-Germany, and they are kind of afraid that my market won’t be that broad in Indonesia. I want this album become my baby, like something that I can be proud of. I didn’t do it just for the sake of money, but for me it has been something that I have to achieve for my own, for my passion. With the actual process that I have been through during the album progress, so it’s worth the wait because I put so much passion in it. I feel grateful for it because I don’t want to be half-asses doing something that I don’t really like. It was worth a shot.”

Being the new singer, ever got stage fright?

“Since I ain’t even debut yet, I don’t have much experience on it. But I sang together with Raisa for Jazzy Night at Cilandak Town Square. The rest of them were mostly an off-air events. I’m in the middle of the transition for being a real singer (laughs).”

If you can describe your music into a sentence, what would it be?

“I think my music is honest and carries a positive message. And the fact that I wrote the majority of the songs, I tried for being honest about the album. Not only the song though, but also the process and the dream within it. And I wanna see the output of this album as positive as I can get. Even if the song was a sad, brokenhearted one, I don’t want the listener drown in grief, I want them to keep going and get over the hearthbreak. My music itself is mixed between pop and a bit of R’n’B. And yes, it’s all in English.”

What is your ultimate goal for your music?

“I definitely want my music to reach a lot of listeners. And by all means, I hope it goes beyond Indonesia. But to think that I’m half Germany-Indonesia – well I was born in Germany but I grew up in here,  I consider here as home, so I want to share my music to my fellow Indonesian. I sometimes heard a comment like I shouldn’t release an full english album while in Indonesia, but I believe music is a universal language. Music goes beyond. Yes, maybe the lyrics is the big part of it, but music itself is able to touch people. So I hope in the next 3-5 years, I managed to get my name and music out there in Indonesia and hopefully SEA, and then we’ll see where else it will go.”

Editor&Conceptor: Galuh Tathya
Writer: Adhinda Latifa
Photographer: Vicky Melly
MUA: Fadilah Putri
Stylist: Hilarius Matthew
Digital Imaging: Rendra Martin
Wardrobe: Legiteamate , Basic Fur Da Men, and Hstlr

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