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Jakarta Post

When the music’s over: Pop stars take on day jobs

  • Raka Ibrahim


Jakarta   /   Thu, February 25 2021   /  01:00 am
Once, the sight of these two rock gods could bring an entire stadium to heel. Now, Candil (left) and Dinar (right) are wholesome coffee merchants(Dinar Hidayat/Courtesy of Dinar Hidayat)

  Perhaps once you’ve mingled with the stars, it’s only right to speak so much of divine intervention. For there really was a time when Ramah Handoko’s reality exceeded even his wildest dreams.   In 2004, his band, Seurieus, was on top of the world. The rock band toured the country, played to adoring crowds of tens of thousands and lifted themselves out of lower-middle class monotony. They flew perilously close to the sun. And then, of course, there was the fall.   “I think it was God’s way of pulling me out of that life,” the 46-year-old said. “It was His way of molding me into a more responsible person.”   These days, Ramah lives a quiet life. His job at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) takes him around the country, much as his past did. Yet his story, and that of many mainstream mus...