Born in a bedroom studio, Reality Club is now paving their reality as a band that will show you nothing but a fatal attraction. Their 2017 debut Is It the Answer has spun their name in the music enthusiasts’ ears. Nominated in two segments: Best of the Best Newcomer and Best of the Best Production Work, Reality Club at AMI awards. Never Get Better is the title of Reality Club’s first EP in 2017, comprised of 13 songs that are all grazing one theme: positivity.
The band consists of Fathia Izzati as the vocalist, Faiz Novascotia as a guitarist and vocalist, Era Patigo on the drums, Iqbal Anggakusumah as the guitarist, and Nugi Wicaksono as the bassist.
So you guys have made such a groundbreaking debut by getting the band to AMI awards for two nominations, how did it go?
Nugi: “AMI Awards is such a big event, so it’s incredibly meaningful to us.”
Fathia: “The effects, well, it made us more aware that we’re actually doing this and made it to the industry, it hit us pretty hard, especially on the D-day, as we got to be in the same ballroom with so many big musicians, it’s crazy.”
Nugi: “And the fact that we were sitting surrounded by them though.”
Fathia: “We’re definitely very grateful for the opportunity and it drives us harder to do better next time because we didn’t expect this at all.”
Faiz: “I mean, this came as a surprise because the whole approach that we did, our first album and all was like a DIY process—the start of this band was even a bedroom recording kind of thing. So, we definitely did not expect any of this happened to us at all, so we were pleasantly surprised that we got nominated for such award.”
Fathia: “Our main goal is just to make music for us, but then the response (from the audience) was great and other people liked it, so to get nominated was like an icing on the cake.”
You once also mentioned in one of the interviews that you get inspired from The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and Last Dinosaurs, what kind of inspirations did you actually get from them?
Nugi: “Most of all, we tried to catch the vibe that they give from their sound.”
Fathia: “Well, that’s the songs that we grew up with and, you know, some people said that the songs that you listened to when you grew up with will stick to you through your entire life.”
Nugi: “True, if your favorite songs stuck with you for a long time, you unconsciously got influenced from the songs.”
Fathia: “We didn’t try to be like them obviously, we just see them as our inspirations for our music. As for as the inspirations go, we learned more to personal experiences and our surroundings, especially from Faiz’s because he wrote most of our songs.”
Nugi: “Maybe to add on that, we also apply our hypothetical thinking, like making up stories and answers for any what-if questions.”
The band has been playing various genres, especially Pop and Rock, but how do you actually define your genre?
Fathia: “It really is hard to explain; whenever we are asked that question, we couldn’t really give a definite answer to that.”
“That’s probably because as a band, we don’t really define or stick to one genre as we just make music according to what we like and we prefer to leave the classifications to the listeners. But if I have to objectively say our genre is, I think that would be pop rock and a little bit of alternative.”
If we look back again, you guys have ticked AMI awards, and now you’re about to go to Japan for a concert, also an upcoming single. Share us more about these exciting plans, please.
Fathia: “For Japan, we actually got invited to perform there cause our album Never Get Better is currently being distributed over there. The concert itself is an event specifically made to promote Asian talents. It’s not just us who’s going to perform there, but also a band from Bandung called Ikubaru, and some other bands from Japan and South Korea. We’re definitely feeling very excited for it cause we’ll get to see many performers and it’s kinda time to mingle.”
Nugi: “It’s time to shine!”
Fathia: “It really is. Single wise, we totally can’t say much about it, but we’ve played it live couple of times already. Those who have watched us live might have heard about the song—and if I shall say one word about the single, I’d say it’s a grand—majestic, definitely worth to look after that one.”
“There’s always a red lining to our songs and their stories, but they’re still different in a way.”
Fathia: “It’s not as different, but it’s more professional cause, this time, we really produced it with an actual producer and in an actual place not just in our bedroom. I think we owe it to ourselves to be more professional in general.”
It’s been two years since the album, what are the future plans for the band?
“We never told anyone yet, so Letter F is the first to know about this: it’s definitely going to be more mature to the point where you won’t see us in colors like this ever again, no more pink and blue—it’s a bit darker also.”
Nugi: “A little bit more complex as we’re progressing to a new era of living, we expose ourselves to much more variety of problems and it incorporates themselves to our songs.”
Fathia: “For our first album, the general theme is like a mindset where reality isn’t always dark, there’s always something good about life. As for our next album, we explore another dark side of reality. It is more professionally made, more instrument and that’s the big tea we can spill for now.”
Talking about the music industry, it’s definitely not easy to form a band from scratch, it requires a lot of communication and teamwork. Does it also the same for you guys or did it just come by naturally in terms of vision?
Iqbal: “We don’t argue much, do we?”
Nugi: “We don’t argue that much to be honest, realizing that everyone has a good vision for the band. Having that in mind keeps us in the same frequency so when there’s things to talk about, we talk it out.”
Fathia: “What we do is we talk it out in our group chat. Truth is, we meet almost every day, but rarely talk things out, so now we have a scheduled meeting to talk it out.”
Your consistency in making music is what sets you apart. Do you think that’s the key to maintain a band, especially for the newbies out there?
Iqbal: “Just do it, really, just do it first.”
Nugi: “Maybe plan it well and do it.”
Fathia: “First, don’t be scared. But you have to know that it’s not going to be easy, you’re bound to get hate, to have some internal conflicts, but as long as you stay true to your music and passion, I think things will turn out smoothly.”
“And it’s important to enjoy the process and have fun.”
“I think it’s really important to stay true to yourself because at the end of the day, you’re bound to get hate, you will have some people say negative things about you. But if you like what you make, it shouldn’t be a problem because the only person you need to please is yourself—and it’s important to know that it’s not an overnight process.”
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