When I wake up, usually at 9am, I like to look at myself in the mirror and imagine that someday Iâ€™ll take over the world. When that happens Iâ€™ll make sure everyone studies art because I believe that people who love art are less inclined towards violence and love peace â€“ art can fix the world.
In the mornings I cook breakfast for myself while watching the news on television. Iâ€™m vegetarian and have been since 1997, when I saw people slaughtering a pig in front of me â€“ that put me right off and I havenâ€™t eaten meat ever since.
I live over my bar and clothing store in Kuta â€“ in Poppies Lane II â€“ and itâ€™s a great place to be because of the rocking environment. Around midday I jump on my motorbike and head to the gym for an hour, after which Iâ€™ll focus on creating music â€“ writing lyrics and coming up with the tunes. I also design some clothing; so itâ€™s a very creative time of the day for me.
Living in Kuta gives me so many ideas â€“ itâ€™s a place of many stories, a place where people mess around, make love and so many other things. Right now Iâ€™m a member of three bands â€“ Superman is Dead, Devil Dice and Kool Katz â€“ and at least once a week I practice with one of them
Superman was formed in 1995, in front of where the old Paddies Pub was in Legian; we also had a shop there at the time, before moving to Poppies in 2000. So far weâ€™ve released six albums; our bestseller is our fifth, Kuta Rock City, for which we signed with a major label.
My life is like a rollercoaster and is so unpredictable. Sometimes I have a lot of money and feel rich and other times Iâ€™ve hardly any. Iâ€™ve spent money on foolish things â€“ like classic American cars, for example. Iâ€™m obsessed with them, especially cars from the 50s and 60s. I have two Chevrolet, and have given them names: Black Velvet is from 66 and Lady Rose 63. They are look amazing and have real soul; I love to drive them around Kuta. Back then people knew how to make a good car â€“ with style and art, not because of economic reasons. These days cars look like electric shavers.
If I could turn back time Iâ€™d like to live in the 50s because that was a cool time. Iâ€™d like to meet Elvis. And if Iâ€™d also like to have a new liver because mine is destroyed because Iâ€™ve been drinking heavily since I left high school, though now I only drink beer. I have to go to the doctor often and I take herbal medicines.
Lunch and dinner are usually at a vegetarian restaurant or an American diner like SOHO. Afternoons are taken up with staff and band-management meetings so we can schedule tours; they can go on till 8pm.
After a shower Iâ€™ll go down to the bar, which opens from 6pm to 1am. Four bands play every night, and sometimes Iâ€™ll jam with them. For me every night is the same, whether itâ€™s the weekend or not.
I might have a punk-rock, carefree attitude, but I really care about my country. In Indonesia I see people who donâ€™t have any respect for others, who use religion for bad things, and thatâ€™s not what I want to see. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m very much into my Hindu religion. With my music I want to show that I care and that change starts from small things. The lyrics and tunes speak of love, humanity, respect, our countryâ€™s culture, alcohol and even tattoos.
When you play in front of five or ten thousand people itâ€™s an amazing feeling â€“ one you cannot get anywhere else or buy. Itâ€™s crazy when people are screaming at you; itâ€™s awesome. Weâ€™ve also had some bad experiences, though, when people in the audience throw things at us, like beer bottles â€“ they like our music, but theyâ€™re just expressing their wild emotions.
Iâ€™ve never had any problems with my appearance in Bali: a man with piercings and tattoos here are is a common sight and it doesnâ€™t mean theyâ€™re bad in any way. But Iâ€™ve had some odd encounters outside of Bali â€“ people staring at me like Iâ€™m Satan or something. I think Indonesians should learn from the Balinese and others who live in Bali, because here people are open-minded and tolerant.
After midnight is the best time for creating music; itâ€™s inspiring. The gradually Iâ€™ll wind down and drift off into a sleep filled with tunes.Filed under: One Day