Nusantara Disco Re-work

Well, first i listened to Indonesia record from cassette when i was junior high school boy. It was a fusion jazz music called Krakatau, sound come cassette is strangely different from any format, it was fluttering and hissing in every sound made me love to listen, because its really different from any cold digital mp3 file. It was day i loved cassette, i start collecting cassette i liked.

I know how make edit, i start make disco indonesia edit in 2012 with named NUSANTARA TROPIC DISCO, whats its in name?! i explain simply enough, tropic is Indonesia’s weather and Nusantara is old name of Indonesia. That would be perfect for name sake.

Start collecting what i had, and first volume, i edited band disco called “The Big Kids” it was a group band from Jakarta but composer was come from Philippines, his name is “Romy Katindig”. I remember my friend Diskoria, Merdi Simandjuntak told me, Original music was from Disco Tagalog album from Philippines only translated to Indonesia language. But music is all good.

Second volume is all come from band called Sophisticated, this whole LP recorded in LA, California. An Album is just amazing, variety songs is on it all. Two-step soul, quiet storm and disco fuel funk music. Just fantastic, grab it if you found.

Honestly, i don’t know much about disco getting hype in Indonesia back in other day, i asked my uncle about it, its was came from “Saturday Night Fever” movie, magazine and AM radio with shortwave frequency. Third volume were from many disco band, first track is “Kabut” which from a band called “Marini & The Steps” Legendary soul band and singer but around 70s, they made a lot disco songs. secondly was electric disco music titled “Disco Cha-cha-cha” original songs is from singer “Ernie Djohan”  Legendary pop singer Indonesia. Lastly famous one, song called “Damai” from “Guruh Soekarno Putra” and his vocal group “Swara Mahardika”. My edit is second version, there is orchestra version one which is original one, you can listen in Spotify 

This whole compilation artwork and mastering process are made by myself. I searched image which fits with nuances, so i gather pictures from 70s Indonesia photos which are quite surprising good. Fourth edition of Nusantara Disco, “Dengar Music Disko” from band called “The Philliips & The Steps”, Hujan from The Rollies which is from my hometown; Bandung and “Senyumlah” from “Coconuts band” from Irian Jaya or Papua! Strangely all of them are like ordinary disco music sound because i don’t have much weird one in my collection.

Last one, edition of 5th. My friend helped me to get drum sound with DTX drum synth. “Pretty Sister” is the band which i edited and songs called “Bulan-Bulan Cita”. If you know Indonesia language, lyric are good tho. “Goyang Disko” from another “Marini & The Steps” band and “Jamrud Khatulistiwa” was from “Keenan Nasution” who originated from “Swara Mahardika” and of course with  “Guruh Soekarno Putra” as Composer.


What it is name and Logo

It was a name which cling on mind, it don’t have conceptual process, It come naturally from founder Munir’s mind, said it was name really describe music we play and make. Urban & really metro name for a group music name, Although there are band called Dexy’s Midnight Runners and punk’s band name as us, we still don’t know those name band where exist because name itself come naturally from mind. Midnight Runners is quite plain, boring and yet hard to remember but it’s a good name for later time.

First EP’s with Darker Than Wax (Singapore)

Logo itself is two times we changing, first one was made by our second honcho of group who always stay on deep background is Yordan Admiral. Casual typography with draw line on middle “N” word of Midnight Runners. He’s graphic designer and always support us from design department, he made a digital artwork and vinyl cover art in our first EP which release by Darker Than Wax and vinyl press by 630 Recordings with co-graphic designer; Cahya Sofyan.

Secondly which made by most unique artist in town, his name is Adi Dharma or his artist name is Stereoflow. He make collective art group called FAB Family, strictly make street art back then which i very proud of his group. Line of typography is really original from his hand draw. Its feel like 80’s cursive typo like that but different is just thickness cursive line an more like graffiti light touched.

Midnight Runners – Rare Essence LP on Neon Finger (Spain)

Our second logo is most used until now. It have very own identity and charming as it is.

5 Years of Funkbox Records

On Saturday evening in Bandung 5 years ago, recently first Midnight Runners release has been published on Darker Than Wax records label from Singapore, it was the time, my music career starting i guess. Without knowing electronic music scene around my town, only have experience with collective non-profit community called OPENLABS in Bandung.

Someone contacted me via Yordan’s phone (Yordan is one of Midnight Runners) wanted to talk to me, it was an artist & music producer, Adi Dharma aliases Stereoflow and Spydee (for his music works).

Sharing & Chatting about what we likes in particular boogie, funk & soul music. From there, we make a group or communities on boundaries black music based called FUNKBOX RECORDS, at the time it was merely support activation of his brand called “Flow like You Know”, but more than support brand itself.

We make a lot small parties at bars in town even out of city in Bandung. Although, music is kind of flashback way around but our equipment and technology are new and fresh. So, our community build based on what we have today with retro music vibe but look modern in these days. We even have youngster producer & Dj to make things keep headed up.

To make everything look different, we make particular kind a grainy documentation with using 35mm camera and scanned with digital 35mm scanner. We doing this in almost 3 years back consistently. Hiatus almost for 2 years, from now we start make another sweet & crazy party.

Funkbox Records first release it was Midnight Runners mini EP album called ODYSSEY with remixes of our Funkbox records friends. And it was never publish yet. Keep updated with our friends Funkbox Records here.

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