Adhitia Sofyan at the 6th Annual Kampoeng Jazz Bandung, a gig review by

Adhitia Sofyan at the 6th Annual Kampoeng Jazz Bandung, a gig review by

Thank you for the kind review :) – (click the photo for the complete article at Jazzuality, photo courtesy of

“It was still early, but the big names has started to sail. Started with Adhitia Sofyan. This guy reminds us of Kings of Convenience’s Erlend Øye, with simpler lyrics and melody, but still haunting. It’s like KOC being married with The Beatles and has Adhitia Sofyan as the son. Simple lyrics, beautiful melodies, catchy guitar riffs, and manly but soft voice, Adhitia Sofyan has every ingredients to cook himself to be a singer-songwriter. His session at Kampoeng Jazz was rather intimate and romantic, it felt like we are watching a shy guy playing guitar at his room. At Kampoeng Jazz, he sang and played 8 songs including “Rainbow and Starlight”, “Memilihmu”, “Tokyo Lights Fade Away”, “The Stalker”, “Forget Your Plans” and his biggest hit “Adelaide Sky”. Captivating lyrics and hauntingly beautiful songs, Adhitia Sofyan is a polished elfine gem from the suburbs of love and heartstrings.”

“What is your songwriting inspiration?”

I guess if you’re a singer-songwriter, people are going to ask you this one question quiet often; “What is your inspiration to write songs?”, or what’s the inspiration behind a certain song.

The usual answer would be,”Oh i write from life stories, from the things happening around me, life is my song-writing inspiration, bla bla bla…”

Yes i wrote songs inspired by certain events that happened to me or around me, stuff that i felt strong about. But what most people probably don’t know is that i have written songs based on no inspirations at all.

I consider song-writing as a job, i just have to produce songs, and if each song has to be written inspired by something, or if i have to wait for something happen for me to be able to write songs, i might not have that many songs produced in the end.

So what i do quiet often is i sit down with my guitar, forcing a song to happen; come out with interesting guitar chords or intros and just forced words in to it, just make up stories in your head and write those damn songs.

And it worked, it’ll usually take longer but it worked. So these are my songs that i wrote based on no specific inspirations, songs that i forced to happen in my head : (from Quiet Down album) WYL, Invisible, (from Forget Your Plans album) Apology, Secret, Gaze, Carnival, Dark Side, In To The Light, (from How To Stop Time album) Mother, Sudden Wonderland, Rainbows & Starlight, Secrets of the World, Promises, Words & Stories.

So next time if you’d ask me what is my inspiration to write a certain song, i might just answer,”…nothing”. :)