After the year of finding my voice, this year will blossom. To the full.

Who would think that the humble, modest enquiry into the previously unknown mass of the Indonesian culture would explode into the full-blown discoveries…? Well, for one, me. Really, a whole year ago I’ve just – by sheer curiosity – checked the possibility of the existence of any Indonesian glam metal bands…and year later, here we go. A brand new, rebuilt, page with – I hope, fingers crossed – many, many years to go discovering not only the artists of the past, but bringing to the spotlight the fresh news from that wonderful and beautiful country.

Obviously, it didn’t go according to the plan – mostly because there was no plan at all! Yeah, I’ve basically just started this page and the Instagram/Facebook account posting my finds and interviews I’ve done, and that was it.

However, it’s soon become evident I need to definitely devise some plan, even the simple one. The problem I’ve faced (and to the extent, I am still facing now) is my being in favour in many genres. Yes, I am mostly a guy with the taste for anything from rock to extreme metal subgenres, but do I like mainstream pop? You can bet your last rupiah I do! Do I like dangdut? OK, maybe not every song, but the answer is mostly yes. And I could go on and on. You know what I mean…

And with the day still consisting of 24 hours, with my day job and taking care of my family taking the necessary chunks of the day, obviously, it leaves me with just a few hours to devote to what I want to do. Not that I will complain. Yeah, it will take a lot of stress and pressure to cover everything I want, but as the saying goes – where there’s a will, there’s always a way.

So, for the second year of Indokult, I’ve decided to take this activity even more seriously than in the beginning. The rebuilt website, even with its shortcomings (I can’t seen any so far, but I am pretty much convinced there will be a bug or two there), is just a first step.

Therefore, hold on to your hats and brace yourselves for the ride…because, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

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I am the founder/owner and editor-in-chief of the Rubber Axe webzine, the underground/overground cultural publication, publishing also this website dedicated to all things Indonesian. I'm a happily married guy with 2 kids and a fantastic wife, and I'm a relentless discoverer of all things cultural and culinary. An everlasting dreamer and idealist.

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