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Think Before You Type is excited to share our very first bilingual interview. One of our main goals is to have a global impact, and we’re excited to take this step. We recently caught up with Indonesian singer Teddy Adhitya to talk about music, cyberbullying, and the internet.
Think Before You Type (TBYT): How would you describe your music?
Teddy Adhitya: My music is a place where I can tell stories and express feelings. If by genre, it could be said that my music is R&B soul.
Bagaimana cara Kak Teddy mendeskripsikan musik Kak Teddy?
Teddy: Musik gue adalah tempat gue cerita, mengekspresikan rasa. Kalo secara genre bisa dibilang secara general musik gue adalah R&B Soul.
TBYT: If you could play a show anywhere in the world, where would it be? (Jika Kak Teddy dapat konser dimana saja, Kak Teddy ingin konser dimana?)
Teddy: Obviously, Madison Square Garden!
TBYT: What is your favorite part about having a career in music?
Teddy: The creative process! In the studio crafting music and lyrics to be heard by a lot of people. And people relate with what I make. When on stage, people enjoy it, and I also enjoy being on stage. It’s the best!
TBYT: Bagian mana yang Kak Teddy sukai dalam berkarir di dunia musik?
Teddy: Proses kreatif! Masuk studio crafting musik dan lirik untuk didenger banyak orang. Dan orang relate sama apa yang gue bikin. Ketika diatas panggung orang ikut menikmati apa yang juga gue nikmati di atas panggung. Itu the best!
TBYT: People often forget it, but a little bit of kindness can go a long way. When was the last time a stranger made you smile?
Teddy: Often. They often smile back.
TBYT: Seringkali orang orang lupa bahwa sedikit kebaikan dapat berdampak sangat banyak. Kapan seseorang yang Kak Teddy tidak kenal memberikan senyum?
Teddy: Sering. Seringnya di senyumin balik sih. Hehe
TBYT: If you could speak to someone being cyberbullied, what would you say to encourage them?
Teddy: The freedom of expression on the internet is good if it is positive. Cyberbullying is often done by brave people who are hiding behind their accounts. Don’t take it seriously.
TBYT: Jika Kak Teddy dapat berbicara dengan orang yang terkena cyberbully, apa yang Ingin kak Teddy katakan?
Teddy: Kebebasan berexpresi melalu internet itu bagus, jika positive. Cyberbully dilakukan oleh orang2 yang berani karna mereka bersembunyi dibalik account masing2. Jadi, gausah dipeduliin juga.
TBYT: What’s one positive way that you would like to see the internet change?
Teddy: Make it easier access to express oneself. For spreading creations without much cost. A place to explore creation more widely.
TBYT: Apa salah satu perubahan positif yang ingin Kak Teddy lihat di Internet?
Teddy: Makin mudah akses untuk berekspresi. Untuk menyebar luaskan karya tanpa biaya yang besar. Tempat explore kreasi lebih luas.
TBYT: How do you deal with negative comments online?
Teddy: I don’t care. Even though sometimes it can be a reference to improve ourselves, but there is no one who knows us better than ourselves. So the negative comments are just like the wind. They surely will pass and don’t impact anything.
TBYT: Bagaimana kak Teddy menghadapi komentar negatif di dunia maya?
Teddy: Ga peduli. Meskipun kadang bisa dijadikan acuan untuk memperbaiki diri. Tapi yang kenal diri kita adalah diri kita sendiri. Jadi komentar negative itu kaya angin aja. Lewat doang. Ga memberi impact apa apa.
TBYT: What do you have coming up for the rest of the year?
Teddy: There will be a “NOTHING IS REAL” showcase at Salihara Theatre on June, 27 2018! So excited!
TBYT: Adakah hal-hal yang akan Kak Teddy bagikan di tahun 2018 ini?
Teddy: Akan ada “NOTHING IS REAL” Showcase di Teater Salihara tanggal 27 Juni 2018! So excited!
DYSN took some time off from his busy tour schedule to talk with us about his decision to limit his social media use, the freedom he found in letting the audience create his setlist, new projects, and much more.
Think Before You Type (TBYT): How is tour going so far? Where are you right now?
DYSN: We’re in Madison, Wisconsin, and it’s actually been great here. It’s one of our favorite cities so far. It’s very homey, and we’re all just relaxed here. It’s been great!
TBYT: You’re letting crowds decide your setlist for shows on tour, which is very unique. What made you decide to do that?
DYSN: To be completely honest, just not being prepared. I was rehearsing with tracks, and about a week before, I just decided that I didn’t have enough time to put something really cool together. I write everything on acoustic, so I was just like, “I’ll just ask people. I know them all, so it’ll be pretty easy.” It’s actually been working out. It’s a lot easier to do than the other way around.
TBYT: Does that make you nervous at all? Knowing that you’re putting your setlist in the crowd’s hands?
DYSN: It kind of takes the edge off in a weird way. I think the problem that I personally had with the last tour was that I didn’t know if people were enjoying the songs or if they were going to like what I did because it was only like five songs. It was pretty short and it was a lot of new stuff. So it gives them more of an opportunity to hear their songs that they want to hear. It’s actually less nerve-racking this time.
TBYT: How would you say that you’ve seen the internet play a role in your career?
DYSN: Pretty substantially. It’s where everything is at in my career thus far, so it’s kind of where it’s all invested into. I only use Instagram though. I don’t have any other platform.
DYSN: I don’t know. I’m kind of weird with the social media stuff. I don’t really try to use it that much. It’s not that I don’t try. I’m just not really too drawn to it, to be honest. With the tour, I’m trying a lot more to be active and engage people to come to the shows and all that. But before the tour, I wasn’t really too active and it kind of like draws me away from the other ones because like if I’m barely posting on Instagram, I don’t even think about Twitter.
TBYT: Do you feel like that puts you at a disadvantage at all, or do you feel like you’re able to make that work?
DYSN: I haven’t really seen too much of an issue. I used to have Twitter and everything, and I kind of chopped it off recently. But yeah, it really hasn’t made too big of a difference because I kind of base everything off of the plays I’m getting, and I haven’t seen a change in that at all. If anything, it’s doing a little bit better just with the tour and everything.
TBYT: Do you feel like your life is different from that of other people in our generation because you get to experience more of the real world instead of being on social media all of the time?
DYSN: Definitely, I’ve noticed compared to when I had everything going all of the time and I was constantly engaging, I’m definitely more of a happier person when I’m just living life. I don’t have my phone out. It’s awesome. So it’s yeah, definitely a noticeable difference. I’m pretty used to it now, but at first, I felt like I detoxed in a weird way.
TBYT: What’s one city on this tour that you’ve enjoyed a lot or are looking forward to going to?
DYSN: Definitely Billings, Montana. I’m looking forward to the scenery, and I’ve never been to that area. I don’t know if I’ll be back for a while, so I think that’ll be cool. Toronto and New York are of course always amazing. They’re like my two favorite cities, so those are fun to go to. And surprisingly, Santa Fe as well. The New Mexico culture is so cool to me. And it’s not like something I’ve spent a lot of time around, so it’s always new to me.
TBYT: How would you describe your songwriting process?
DYSN: My writing process revolves around an acoustic guitar for the most part. It’s pretty rare that I’ll get an instrumental from someone and write to that. I’ll usually start with the guitar, and just build off of that.
TBYT: If you could collaborate with any artist in the world who would it be?
DYSN: It would be cool to do it with some bands. Maybe like The Walters or Beach House would be really cool. I really love their stuff. And MGMT because their new album was incredible.
TBYT: How did you get into music?
DYSN: It’s always been surrounding me. My grandparents all play, my parents both play, and my sisters all like sing and everything. So growing up I was always a part of a four-part harmony, just everyone singing. Then my dad bought a pawned super cheap drum kit when I was eight. That was when I kinda started understanding [music]. Then it kinda took off from there, off and on, and that’s pretty much where it started.
TBYT: So do you still play the drums now?
DYSN: I like to when I can. I still own a drum kit and everything, but I don’t ever really get to do it anymore because I’ve been taking this other part pretty seriously now. I don’t really have time, but I wish I did. I enjoy that more than anything.
TBYT: How would you describe your sound?
DYSN: The new stuff is a lot more stripped down. It hasn’t come out yet, but it’s a lot more live instruments. I have strings, live pianos, every song is guitar based. It’s super broken down. I think one song has a drum kit playing live, and that’s it. That one is really me, I guess. You’ll see. The difference is pretty drastic.
TBYT: When is your new project going to be released?
DYSN: Hopefully in the summertime. Obviously the tour kind of put it off, but I’ll have the full month of May to finish it. It’s kind of like my personal deadline. All of the songs are written. I’ve been playing a few on the road. It’s just a matter of me getting into a studio and knocking them out.
TBYT: What inspired you to move onto something different and shift from your previous sound?
DYSN: I guess the old stuff wasn’t really as “me” as I wanted it to be. I was influenced by things that really don’t influence me now. I guess it’s just a growth. The things I’m inspired by now are a lot different. This sounds really weird, but more theatrical type stuff is inspiring me at the moment. More like storytelling. Along with bands like Beach House with more interesting sounds.
TBYT: Are there any specific musicals that are inspiring you right now?
DYSN: The one that I watched and I was like “I need to step up my game” was The Sound of Music. I’ve always loved it.
TBYT: As someone who started their career young, what would you say to young people who are out there who want to get out of the norm and make their own mark on the world?
DYSN: It’s the most cliche thing, but it’s just about finding what really makes you happy. I think the thing that has changed my music the most was when I started making stuff that really made me happy, and I think that it has had an impact on the people around me. They’re way bigger fans of the new stuff, and everyone tells me “that’s much more you.” It’s about finding the thing that really makes you happy and inspired and excited and not trying to make stuff for other people to enjoy. I know people talk about it and say, “oh music is for other people”, but I think if you’re trying to have a stamp, then it’s finding your own happy place.
TBYT: You mentioned that you have this new project that you’re working on that’s coming up. Are there any other goals that you have set for yourself in the near future?
DYSN: I definitely wanted to try to do two projects this year. I think that’s the only goal at the moment. I don’t look too far into the future. I try to be as present as possible. But I would say, yeah, have this project come out and make the other one as soon as I can. Maybe in the fall or winter with a completely different sound, which I already have the idea of. So I want to get them [out] pretty close together.
TBYT: What advice do you have for young people who are dealing with cyberbullying?
DYSN: Just try to stay away from whatever situation got you there. If you have to go private, block somebody, or if you’re engaging in comments that you don’t need to be. For me, it’s staying away. I guess my advice would be to stay away from whatever the situation is.
TBYT: You’re finishing up a tour and you have these new projects that you’re working on. Is there anything else that you’re looking forward to this year?
DYSN: Not anything for certain. Possibly more shows in the fall to start playing the new project and everything, but that’s a maybe of course.
Lauren from Think Before You Type sat down with Lostboycrow to talk about his current tour, the completion of his album “Traveler”, changing the culture online, and much more.
Lostboycrow also told us about a new project that he has “really put his heart and soul into.” Watch until the end to get the scoop!
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TBYT recently caught up with Hope, Wolf, and Brian from the band VISTA. We discussed a variety of topics including their new EP, musical influences, and personal experiences with negativity online.
Think Before You Type: VISTA is a recently formed band, can you tell us how you guys all met and what made you decide to start the band together?
VISTA: Hope had been a solo artist for about a decade, and Wolf was her touring drummer. Their musical brains just completely meshed right off the bat, and they made the decision to form a new band. Brian and Wolf had been in bands together previously, and they’ve been friends for years. Brian was actually supposed to be one of Hope’s new touring guitarists, so he came along on a weekend of shows to kind of get a feel for things and pick up on some of her songs. It was just a clear fit to ask Brian to be a part of VISTA!
TBYT: Sometimes the internet can be a really tough place. How do you deal with negative comments on social media?
Hope: The internet can be a really dangerous space. You can connect with people easily, which is super helpful as a musician, but I think it’s really important to remember that any negative comment you read is just a set of words on a screen. It’s digital, it’s not the real world. That’s always what I try to keep in mind. I know words on a social media site can be extremely, extremely hurtful. But lately I’ve been saying that I would much rather live my life off a screen than behind one, you know? Make sure to maintain good personal relationships.
TBYT: Who are your musical influences?
VISTA: All of our influences run on a pretty wide range. We’re all huge fans of bands like PVRIS and Set It Off. Brian loves Periphery, and he’s actually a big Bieber fan, too. Hope’s got three main musical sets of influences: pop punk and alt. rock, 90’s pop, and classic rock. Wolf’s got some pop punk vibes too, and he also loves the Biebs.
TBYT: What’s one thing that people tend to misjudge or underestimate about each of you?
Hope: In the past, some people have gotten super confused or surprised when they see how I dress compared to my personality. I wear black almost exclusively, you can never wear enough black! I’ve always gravitated more towards darker colors, with pretty much everything, but my personality is really bubble and upbeat…. which kind of contrasts the stigma behind wearing dark clothes. I guess it’s just an interesting contrast!
Brian: Probably that most of the time, people think I’m off doing dumb things but at heart I’m a very down to earth and real person.
Wolf: People tend to underestimate how hard I’ll work to get to where I want to be.
TBYT: When you’re down, what song helps to pick up your mood?
Hope: Any Backstreet Boys song!!!
Brian: For some reason I really enjoy metal when I’m down. So one of the songs I listen to is “The Bad Thing” by Periphery.
Hope: You have such a broad taste in music, I can dig it. I’ve never heard of Periphery, now I have something new to check out.
Wolf: Anything by Set It Off!
TBYT: We’re really passionate about encouraging other young people to use the internet for good. What’s one positive way that you would like to see the internet change?
VISTA: Twitter shouldn’t be as negative. It’s a cool idea, a cool space that should be used to connect with your favorite musicians, actors, athletes, your friends. That space seems to be pretty abused nowadays. The bullying online, tweet wars, and subtweeting is just ridiculous. It could be such an awesome place online, but we’d really like to see people use it the right way, the positive way.
TBYT: Who are your role models?
Hope: My dad was my top role model. But I think that right now, and especially most recently, my role model has been my brother. He’s 7 years younger than me, but that kid is one of the most kind-hearted, care-free, talented teenagers I know. The way he carries himself at just 16 is super inspiring to me and I’m always more than proud to be his sister.
Brian: My role model would probably be my mom. She taught me how to fight for the things I want and to never give up when things get hard.
Wolf: My boss at my job.
TBYT: What advice or encouragement do you guys have for young people who are being cyberbullied?
VISTA: Get off the computer or phone for a bit. Go outside, get some fresh air, real air. Live more of your life offscreen instead of behind one. It really does wonders. Words on a screen are just words.
TBYT: What do you guys have coming up in 2016?
VISTA: Our EP! We’re gonna try and push out as much content as possible besides just music. Videos, photos, just a bunch of different things. And we will definitely be on the road. It will happen!
TBYT: How do you define ‘beauty’?
Brian: Beauty is who you are on the inside. And who you are on the inside could change the world and make it a more beautiful place.
Hope: Brian honestly always has the most sentimental answers, it’s awesome.
L from Think Before You Type spoke with Thiel Fellow Delian Asparouhov about Nightingale (the app he co-founded), young people impacting the world, and positive internet use.
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Karim: I started singing when I was around 11 or younger, and was in to acting before we formed, Nathan had singing lessons through secondary school, Matt was into dance and used to do that quite a bit, Scott was into bands like Westlife and Ben played guitar a lot but privately at home. All of us had a passion for music just in different ways to begin with.
2. What has been your most influential fan encounter (online or in person)?
Matt: The most influential fan encounter we’ve experienced as a band was when we went on a school tour to promote anti drugs. Seeing the effect we had when delivering the message to the children really made us stop and think that what we do and say really has an impact on people.
3. Sometimes the internet can be a really tough place. How do you deal with negative comments on social media?
Nathan: I feel the best way to deal with these situations are to either ignore them completely or don’t play up to them, by replying with anger or replying at all only continues the situation, where as a short reply or no reply can cut off the comments completely. Try not to take anything to heart and believe in yourself.
4. What advice or encouragement do you guys have for young people who are being cyberbullied?
Scott: Everything will be ok, just ignore them and don’t let it get to you. They probably have their own insecurities and feel the need to take it out on someone. So just keep being yourself, and don’t worry about what others say.
5. What’s one thing that people tend to misjudge or underestimate about you (as individuals or as a band)?
Ben: A lot of people just think we are “another boyband” but we are more, being friends since the age of 4 and playing live instruments on stage sets us apart from other bands. I also think we can appeal to everyone.
6. When you’re down, what song helps to pick up your mood?
Karim: Spending time with my little brother, Myles, he’s a funny kid. When I’m with the boys and we have a laugh it’s always hilarious wherever we go together and obviously some chilled out music. A little bit of the 1975.
7. Who are some of your musical influences?
Matt: As a band we have such a variety of musical influences for instance mine would be people like Bastille and Ellie Goulding, because they have such a distinctive sounds as well as bands like The Eagles and The Clash, Ben is into more rock orientated music, Karim likes a bit of R&B, Nathan’s a fan of new alternative music and Scott loves his Pop. I think that fact we all love different genres really comes across in our voices which makes a really distinct blend.
8. We’re really passionate about encouraging other young people to use the internet for good. What’s one positive way that you would like to see the internet change?
Nathan: I think by having pages where people can anonymously talk to others about there issues looking for help would be one way to help people resolve their issues and become more confident.
9. What’s one thing you want people to know about Concept?
Scott: We are childhood friends, have grown up together and formed the band as friends before becoming band mates. And that we love our fans more than anything and appreciate everything they do for us.
10. What do you have coming up in 2014?
Ben: We have been hitting the studio to record some new original tracks as well as writing all of them, so hopefully will get them out there onto iTunes by the later stages of the year. Also definitely more Concept Cover Thursdays will be coming your way so check them out.