Daffa Muchtar, or best known as DJ Jnaro, started early in the industry ever since he was 17 years old. Daffa took sound engineering courses to further explore his passion in music.
Honing his skill naturally, Daffa liked the learning by doing method. He was first introduced by PonYourTone and has since gradually matured his musical capability with by himself as well as with Cul De Sac collective group.
So, what do you love most about being a DJ?
“It just comes naturally for me, I love music so much in the first place.”
What inspired you to become a DJ at first?
“I didn’t want to be a DJ at first, to be honest. I was focusing on how to produce my own music, but the process allowed me to spend time being a DJ for small gigs. At first, I just went along with it then my friend offered me to be a DJ, so that’s when it all started.”
How would you compare the DJ scene between here and overseas?
“It’s more easy going overseas, you know what I mean? You can see that the scene is still too forced here, so the vibe isn’t there when you listen to local DJs if you compare it to the DJs out there. Inspiration wise, I totally respect Anton Wirjono, Hogi as well, also Dipha Barus, the one who introduced me to this industry. He was the one who used to ask me to play gigs and I respect him as he does things that he loves.”
Do you got your signature style?
“I deliver what I want to deliver, it just comes naturally. I don’t follow the crowd, I try to deliver fresh edges every now and then. I like delivering a different experience.”
Best advices you can give to the new DJs?
“My advice is that you have to do what you want to do and don’t do it if you don’t want to do it. That’s it. What I’m telling you right now? Don’t listen to it—do what feels right to you. Because in the end, there’s no right or wrong, everything will turn out alright if you do what you love.”
What do you want to achieve in your lifetime?
“I wish that the DJ-ing scene will get a better response in Indonesia, because I think being a DJ is still not considered as a proper job in Indonesia. I just hope that this scene will get a lot more appreciations by the music listeners, but also all music enthusiasts in this country.”
Editor: Galuh Tathya
Writer: Dela Naufalia
Photographer: Ganang Arfiandi
Digital Imaging: Rian Pandu
Location: Goldstein Jakarta