What makes Andmesh Kamaleng immediately become relatable and loved by many is his honest story telling of his life through his lyrics, for example his hit songs ‘Cinta Luar Biasa’ and ‘Hanya Rindu’, which have been known all the way to South Korea.
Two members of the K-Pop group NCT, Do Young and Hae Chan uploaded a cover of ‘Extraordinary Love’ on YouTube and caused an uproar among K-Pop fans in Indonesia. The song that tells the story of a sincere love is able to boost this Rising Star dropout .
Since most people know that musicality is a very familiar subject in your life ever since you were little, apakah aspek itu yang menjadi your main drive up to this day?
“I always remember the reason why I came to Jakarta, to make my family feel proud of me. So when things are getting me down and I’m starting to lose hope–that’s what I remember: I’m here for my family. “
Do you have any other genres that you wish to explore next?
“I plan on exploring ’80s RnB. I’m labeled as a pop singer mostly because all of my songs are pop. But those who often watch my off air performances know that I like exploring any kind of music genre.“
From your perspective as an Indonesian singer, how advanced is the music industry from today’s society?
“The music industry in Indonesia spoils the market more. So there are a lot of musicians who want to explore their musicality more, but the mass reaction proves them to do otherwise. But every musician’s work needs to be appreciated. Indonesia is more unique, it all depends on the audience, it all depends on the people. So we have to do what they like. I hope that changes in the future because, frankly, our country has many amazing musicians who feel stuck. Hopefully in the future there is potential for musicians to explore more. “
What project do you plan to release next?
“Pastinya aku mau ada perombakan musik dan sound. Tahun depan bakal rilis salah satu lagu yang udah ditunggu-tunggu banyak orang yang pernah challenge aku dari sebelum dirilisnya ‘Nyaman’. Karena orang selalu bilang kalau aku selalu rilis lagu mellow, makanya tahun depan aku akan rilis lagu pembuktian kalau Andmesh itu bisa nyanyi semua genre. And there will be some surprises, like duets or something. So, you just gotta wait for it.”
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