The Jakarta Post
New project: Singer Raisa joins other musical talents for Juni Records’ new collaborations, releases and future projects announced at the label’s main office in Jakarta. (Juni Records/File)
Raisa — known for her R&B-inspired brand of platinum-selling pop music — is making her first foray into music production.
She will join Marco Steffiano, drummer for the indie-rock band Barasuara, and EDM producer Dipha Barus in a new division of Juni Records, which the label describes as a “music camp”. The division is called Juni Studio.
Open to all music genres and even clients outside of Juni Records’ roster, the camp will mesh each producer’s style and talent, and operate as a team.
“I have never worked as a producer [for other musicians] and every time I write songs, they’re always for me,” Raisa said, adding that she had tried to keep the project away from public knowledge for as long as possible.
“I’d like to learn from Marco and Dipha,” she said.
Established in 2016, Juni Records started out as an entertainment company, and having announced its upcoming plans for 2018, it seeks to become something more.
Accompanied by the musical talents of Raisa and Kunto Aji, to name a few, Juni Records director Adryanto Pratono recently revealed the label’s new collaborations, releases and future plans.
Marco, who produced Raisa’s Handmade album, assured that each producer’s busy schedule would not get in the way of their work together.
“I’ve produced [Raisa’s album] and played with Barasuara. Time isn’t really a problem; I’ve always been able to set my priorities. What’s going to be a headache is probably picking a date [for each project],” he said.
Will there be a standalone project for these three producers?
“Yes, we’ll see,” Dipha said.
An upcoming concert that is “wrapped in one exciting theme” and featuring Juni Records’ roster is also in the works, he added.
The label also announced plans to work on Dipha’s solo project. Dipha, who has made a name for himself as a DJ with distinctions awarded by Anugrah Musik Indonesia (AMI) in 2016 and 2017, will have his next projects released through the new studio.
“I’m excited because there’s a lot of stuff on my laptop that I have yet to put out,” he said.
Juni Records also announced its collaboration with a hip-hop collective called Underground Bizniz Club, comprising acts such as Ramengvrl, Gbrand and Keilanboi, as well as R&B Singer Josh Kunze and Kunto.
Josh, who is of German descent, released his first English-language LP Relentless on Feb. 21.
“I started working on this album seven years ago,” he said, adding that the project really took off two years ago.
Kunto, who already has one album, Generation Y, to his name, is now working on a second studio album. He hopes the album, which theme centers on mental health, can see the light of day this year. He recently released the music video for his single “Konon Katanya” (Someone Once Said).
Juni Records has seen a 30 percent increase in the online streaming of its songs in the past two years, according to Adryanto.
Raisa acknowledged the shift in audiences’ listening habits, as exemplified by the success Juni Records’ releases have enjoyed. “The medium has changed,” she said.