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Fariz R.M.: Success without sacrificing idealism

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 27 2008   /  10:22 am

Fariz R.M. owes his career to more than a simple stroke of luck. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has managed to create commercially successful songs and albums without sacrificing his idealism, a feat that would be hard to achieve in today's Indonesian pop music scene. Fariz, known by an adoring public for his old-school, eclectic hits, such as "Sakura" and "Barcelona", is an expressive person who explores complex ideas through songwriting -- without having to bow to the recording industry's whims. By his estimation, Indonesian music was much better two decades or even five years ago. And cellphone ring tones are partly to blame: They cannibalize the artistry of musicians and groups because they expose listeners to a minute of each song, rather than its entirety, he says. "Even free concerts no longer create the appreciatio...