Hello Bone Fiol, we would like to say thank you for your time and the opportunity to interview such a humble and full of experiences DJ like you. We’ve heard your name for years now, what are the things that make you fall in love with this industry until now? Also, how long you’ve been DJing?
Hallo Baliclubbing, I also want to thank you for this opportunity. It’s always an honour. Until now, I didn’t realize that I’m a senior DJ. I never really put much emphasis on being one. I sort of always try to blend with my fellow DJ. But, if you ask about how long I’ve been in this industry, then maybe you can call and consider me a
senior DJ. Hahaha… I’ve been DJing since 1998 when I was in San Francisco, and then on 2001 I went back to Indonesia. So, next year, it’s my 20th years of experiences as a DJ. Wow…it’s been a long journey, 2 decades 🙂 There’s only one reason that make you stick and really fall in love with one thing, it’s passion. Without passion, it’s impossible. Passion that keeps you wanting more from DJ industry and one more ability to adapt.
Who’s your biggest inspiration or role model as a DJ and why?
My biggest inspiration as a DJ I would have to say Diplo. I like how he can keep evolving throughout his career. He always have an evolving sound since the first time he make a record and keep pushing the new stuffs all the time.
As a senior DJ in Indonesia, and of course with a bunch of experiences and play all around Indonesia. Are they any dreams that you want to reach in this industry?
For now, I think I’ve been nearly there for reaching my dreams. As a local DJ I have almost done everything. Played at the biggest festival, touring around the nation, releasing tracks on our own Spinach label and many more. Maybe for now, the thing that I haven’t reach are the regular international tour. But, it’s gonna be hard for the Indonesian local DJ. It takes great effort, right connection & a bit of luck to make it happen 🙂
Could you tell a bit about your DJ management?
Since the start, I was with Spinach management and Riri Mestica. I also learn a lot from him about the business side of DJ industry.
What is most best memorial show or event for you in Indonesia and outside of Indonesia?
It’s hard for me to say, because there are a lot of great gigs in the past. Here are the few: Djakarta Warehouse Project 2014, Djakarta Warehouse Project 2011, Surprise gig closing for David Guetta in 2012, Heineken Thirst Indonesia Final 2005 (my breakthrough as DJ here). For outside of Indonesia when I play for the first time at Rave in San Bernardino, California.
For now, what are your top 5 tracks in your live set?
1. Something just like this (Coldplay, Chainsmokers/ 4B remix).
2. F the Flow (Bone Fiol).
3. Purple Lamborghini (Skrillex/ Juyen Sebulba Remix).
4. FOB 01 (Electrooby, Fajar J).
5. Wawa (Party Favor).
You’ve been playing in the local club in Bali for years, how did you see the changes compare to the first time you played in Bali? For you, who’s the best local DJ in Bali and why?
DJ-DJ in Bali always have their own character from the first time I played in Bali. I’ve been blessed to have know n a lot of them from way back then. One thing I like
about Bali scene is the freedom to play whatever you feels like & most of the time the crowd would be really open & into it. Those kind of things wouldn’t be happen without the contributions from the finest DJ from Bali, they always educated the crowd. Eventhough, I can say that the scene nowadays is a bit mainstream. But, it happen all around the world, not only in Bali.
I have a lot of favorite Bali DJ’s. Echa & Patrix Johnson from the Sky Garden Crew, Wisdy & the Jenja Crew and The Mirror crew just to name a few.
You’ve been playing at Sky Garden for a lot of times. What makes you always comeback and play at Sky Garden? For this Thursday, did you have any special preparation or surprises that we should know?
Sky Garden is like my second home. The best dance-floor in the nation! The energy that the crowd gives back to you is always amazing. Some of my best memory in terms of club gig happened at Sky Garden. For Sky Garden I always prepare my extra special set. Same treatment like if I play for a big event not just a regular club gig 🙂
Where we can catch you this week? Any big upcoming show that we should know after this week?
On June 15, Thursday of course I’ll be playing at Sky Garden andnd I will also be touring for the Shiver Ground events in the coming months.
2017 was a big year for a lot of DJ’s in the world. They make alot of tracks and have their own big project for this industry. What about you? Are they any big upcoming project?
2017 looks like going to be quieter in terms of Djing. Other than my recent release “F the Flow” at Spinach Records earlier this year, currently I have nothing brewing. This just coincide with my daytime job that recently has drawn so much of my time which left me with not enough quality time to really concentrate on my DJ career.
Outside from the DJ world, what is your profession and what is your hobby?
Actually my day job is quite opposite than my DJ life. But then again everybody has to make a living cause every man has a hungry mouth to feed 🙂 On weekdays, I work at the Cargo company. These past 3 years it becomes demanding, so I have to limit myself to take gigs and I only take the weekend gigs. Unless of course when Sky Garden come calling to fill their Thursday spot 🙂
Where is your favorite place to hang out and eat, while you were in Bali and why?
Whoaaa… There’s a lot of great places that I really love in Bali. But my favorites are nothing fancy: Warung Made, Brazillian all you can eat! Hahahaha… But, there’s a bunch of local place for the traditional food in Bali. Warung Made is got to be on top of the list cause of a sentimental reason. Back then, my wife used to live in Bali when she was a kid and everytime she went to Warung Made, she always ordered the same food. So, until now, we always buy the same food and it’s just feel homey in there 🙂
Before we end this interview session, do you have any advices for the junior DJ in all around Indonesia, Bali and for our readers?
Always try to keep pushing to be better, to push forth the fresh sound, stay humble. And remember at the end of the day we are just trying to entertain people, so have fun with it! 🙂