Artists / Bands, Culture, Interviews — October 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Diving into Dreams with Ray D’Sky


With its endless sunshine, white sandy beaches and laid-back vibes, Indonesia’s Gili Trawangan provided the perfect setting for ‘Islands of Dreams’, the launch party of Ray D’Sky‘s latest album ‘Dreaming Dreams’. Playing to a full house at Sama Sama Reggae Bar along with opening band Joe Mellow Mood, Ray D’Sky delivered catchy green-folk/reggae tunes topped with plenty of groove and soul that kept the crowd dancing on their feet. While reveling amidst the scenic natural beauty of the island paradise, frontman Aray also brought attention to environmental issues that had served as inspiration for Ray D’Sky’s music. Music Weekly soaks up the sun with Aray and chats with him on the launch of the album – read on to find out more!

Music Weekly: Hi Aray! You describe your music as green folk. Tell us more about your musical history and what inspires you.

Aray: Since I was a kid I have been listening, learning and loving music. I started to play music professionally in 1995 with my previous band ‘Plastik’. We played rock ‘n’ roll which expressed who I was at that time – enjoying the lifestyle that went with it. We released three albums and a greatest hits collection for Plastik. After that, I started to get involved with a band ‘Steven and Coconut Treez’. We played reggae music, lucky for us we quickly became popular in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. We released three albums and a live acoustic music video. This was a really good journey for me as well, and both these bands lead me to my style in my own project Ray D’Sky, which is more easy-going. My inspiration comes from my life experiences, the connection between people, friendship, love and nature.


Your 2nd album, Dreaming Dreams (Demajors), has just been launched at the Islands of Dreams mini-festival on Gili Trawangan, presented by Green Island Music. How was it?

It was awesome!! I had a really good time, friends and fans met to enjoy my music together. It was special night, I felt lucky to have so many supportive people surrounding me. It was a great venue on a beautiful island!


What are your upcoming plans with Ray D’Sky?

Well this week I am performing for a tourism event in Jakarta, which will be great. I’m planning an album release party in Jakarta. Then a national album release tour will follow. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to spread my music in other countries and connect with other beautiful cultures, people and nature in the world too. My main plans for Ray D’Sky is to keep enjoying and progressing my music and give people spirit in this life.

How does Southeast Asia welcome your music? What would be your favourite countries to tour with Ray D’Sky?

I hope Southeast Asia welcomes my music, I think my music and lyrics applies to all people in this life. I have already played in Japan, Malaysia and Brunei, all were fantastic crowds and good times. Countries I aim to play in one day would have to be Thailand, Langkawi Island in Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii (all places with nice beaches hehe). But I am open to going anywhere to share good vibes and music.

Reach Ray D’Sky with these handy links: official website – Facebook – Twitter – YouTube