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Ahmad Dhani: Searching for talent with a killer instinct

  • Virania Munaf

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 25 2008   /  10:00 pm

Amid tabloid rumors surrounding his marriage, musician and producer Ahmad Dhani is gaining respect as a talent scout. The band has since released eight albums and won a number of awards in major categories such as best song, best group and best album, including the prestigious Angurah Musik Indonesia. When asked how he had been occupying his time lately, Ahmad answered with his trademark smirk, "signing papers". He said he spent most days developing budgets and balancing the books. Yet Ahmad doesn't take himself too seriously. "I am more of a talent scout than a businessman," he said. While many aspects of the music industry are glamorous, Ahmad is just as happy in business. "I haven't received formal training in either profession. Whether it's doing business or composing songs, I call it 'learning by doing'." He founded Republik Cinta entertainment agency in ...