Syahravi Dewanda, a 22-year-old music junkie who is not afraid to do anything to achieve his lifetime goal—to become a singer, songwriter who produces his own music. Starting his journey in the entertainment industry since early age, he is used by the flash of camera and talking in front of public, but does it make him used to the fame? Definitely not.
He confessed that he’s actually pretty shy when it comes to talk to new people, which drove him to join a soap opera Si Entong in 2005 and participated in Abang Cilik Jakarta at the same year. Though he commenced his career path in acting, he soon realized that music is the essence of his life and that’s what he wants to do for a lifetime. Being a goal-oriented person has propelled this Ganesha graduate to learn from the best in the industry, and that led him to Tohpati, this country’s top guitarist and music teacher.
In 2015, he released his first mini album called KITA in 2015 with a single “TRY! TRY! TRY!”. 2018 marked a collab with fellow musician Randy Danishta and his sibling Nara Anindyaguna, and in 2019, Syahravi released his second album Body Language. He took the album close to his heart, producing every art piece for the album the music arrangement, vocal, and the instruments, including the length he pulled in a music production house in London.
You’ve tried a lot of stuff before landing yourself in the music industry; from being a child actor, pageantry, to pursing the public speaking studies. What made you go ‘this is it for me’ in music?
“It all started when I was in high school, the time where you wondered where you want to be in life. I had the low point of my life where I was very frustrated about my future, then I began to write my first song and it was in that moment I knew that writing a song is a cathartic experience for me. I felt surreal.” “
You also were once mentored by Tohpati, right?
“I am a huge fan of him, I remembered watching his performance and basically told him that I was going to be a singer-songwriter. I’m a very goal-oriented person, and though now I’m a singer and get to write my own songs, I still managed to find happiness in what I do in life—whatever that is.”
As a growing singer, you’ve gained many experiences from performing here and there, but what is your most memorable experience in your career?
“For me, the most precious things from my journey is actually my failures. I failed a lot and those experiences have become a reminder to do better. As I said before, I wish to be a happy guy who writes songs and sings. Through the album making process, I realized that I still have a lot to learn, that I could do better.”
We noticed that you wrote many songs about love.
“Many of my songs are based on my daily life where it’s all about love. I feel like it’s the most emotional thing a human being could ever had, something that is very close to you, it shapes how you think and how you act, so as it relates to our daily life.”
Have you ever felt insecure about your songs though?
“Definitely. I’m basically a very insecure person, I overthink everything so yeah, I feel insecure a lot towards my songs simply because I always think that I’m not good enough. During my college life, I barely ever slept because I think about my music and going to sleep would make me overthink more so I didn’t really sleep a lot back then.”
You will also release a single soon?
“Yes, a new single coming really soon and hopefully I will have an EP this year. But let’s see what this year has in store for me, I’m so excited.”
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