Being young, talented, and unfairly good looking are Ardhito Promono’s forte. Feeling unfamiliar with the name? Chill out – Letter F will unleash the all the good things in his life. Currently released his new single, Dhito is now busy making some music again. After going for Jazz, he aims for a different background of genre. Talking about his personal experience in his new song, Dhito bares himself in our session.
You just released your latest single, Fake Optics, on April. How was the process and the preparation behind it?
“So actually the song is about a friendship and it’s actually based on my story. My best friend actually bailed on me. It sounds so sad, but it’s true. We were friends for years and someday he turned to be unusual. Short after we parted a way, I started to make the music of Fake Optics.”
Does the single counted as a warming up for your upcoming album?
“Hopefully yes. I’m planning to release an EP by the end of the year. And yeah, this is the first single.”
“Music has been a part of your life since you were a kid; so who inspired you to do music, and not only enjoying music?”
“My grandma! She was a singer too. And she actually collected tons of vinyl, and I really enjoy listening to it. One day I found this really good and cool vinyl – I still listen to it till now apparently, it’s Sam Saimun. He is a famous Indonesian singer from the ‘40s or ‘50s era. He has really cool song by the way. And that vinyl actually inspires me to do more music.”
How come you’re so good at playing musical instrument?
“Yeah I actually self-taught myself for playing piano but I also learned from the magazine, from the chord that they put inside. I learned it by myself and never hired a coach or piano teacher.”
With a poetry-like lyrics on your songs, do you have the intention to write it like that or any other purpose?
“You know I just basically speak from my heart and I really want to say to that person in particular. And I make my lyrics just like a story telling. And just be honest, making song in Bahasa Indonesia is way harder. Because the Indonesian words are a bit complicated and really hard to understand sometimes. And I’m still trying to learn lot of words.”
What’s the greatest fear you’ve had to overcome to get where you are today?
“I had this nightmare about someone blocking me from my music and my career path. I hope that’s not true because I fear it the most.”
Misconception about you that you often heard from everyone?
“A lot of people said that I’m an actor, which is not true. I just love movies and I have a degree in film making, but I’m not an actor. And people also said that, you know, I’m cheerful and happy everyday – which is, nah. I sometimes had my cranky days too, just like other people. I mean, making music is hard already and being into something you really love is tough sometimes. I need to cope with the environment, the industry, even the fans – it’s hard, to be honest.”
Why do you take film degree instead of music though?
“I actually know how to make music, even though not that good, I know the basic. So all I have to do is to learn again from another source, including social media. But I took film degree, because it’s really hard for you to learn in from YouTube or another platform, you got to have really decent learning for it. And anyway, it’s all connected, film and music.”
One thing you would like to achieve in your music career before you retire?
“I still want to explore my music, standing on a stage with a large audience, and most importantly keep making good music. I hope people will allow me to do my passion.”
Writer: Adhinda Latifa
Editor: Olivia Elena
Digital Imaging: Dela Naufalia
Photographer: Ganang Arfiardi
Videographer: Iqbal Syafei
MUA: Nadia Renata