Culture, Interviews — August 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Dimas Wisnuwardono: Music & Film


3 well-loved bands from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are set to take the stage in Hamburg, Germany’s Reeperbahn Festival in their first-ever South-East Asian Showcase – and lucky for us, Indonesian videographer and film-maker Dimas Wisnuwardono will be travelling along with the bands to document every step of the way! Read on to find out more about his thoughts on the upcoming documentary.

Music Services Asia: We hear that you will be producing a documentary for Reeperbahn Festival – tell us more about it!

Dimas Wisnuwardono: Yes. The girls from Music Services Asia asked me to be the videographer involved in the documentation for the Asian bands that depart to Hamburg to participate in Reeperbahn Festival. I’m actually very excited to make the videos, as if it really happens, it will be my first time coming to Europe!

The documentation will involve the 3 Asian bands which are The Trees and The Wild, Tenderfist and MONSTER CAT, which are the most representative ones for each country that deserve to go to Europe to introduce the sounds of Asia. It will pretty much tell the story of their journey going there, actually. Their insights about Asian bands in Europe and also the contrast between the lifestyles in Asia and Europe, which I think have a major role in their influence in their music.

Will there be any special footage for the fans of the 3 bands (The Trees & The Wild, Tenderfist and MONSTER CAT) to look forward to?

In documentaries, there are the unexpected moments that I, sometimes accidentally took while recording the footage. What makes them special are the moments of documentation, and the main purpose of this documentary being made.

As a film-maker, what are the challenges that you foresee in the making of the documentary?

I guess the situation there that I’m still not familiar of, since this will be my first time going to Europe. Probably another challenge that I foresee is recording for 3 bands simultaneously, which I think will take a lot of effort and time.

Are there any existing documentaries or films that you draw inspiration from?

I never do much research of other documentaries or movies, because sometimes it could make you or break you in making your own documentary, but the recent ones that I could draw inspiration from would probably Press Pause Play.

What are your personal thoughts on the music scene in South-East Asia?

It is growing rapidly for the past 5 years. I think Singapore is one of the main goals for South-East Asian bands to perform regionally and to be known more broadly, while Indonesia has more resources of good music, in my opinion.