Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4. In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.
For this installment, we’re talking with vocalist and guitarist Imam Wisaya Surataruna from Lightcraft out of Jakarta, Indonesia. Formed in Kuala Lumpur back in 2004, Lightcraft mixes melodic vocals and harmonies with at times understated piano and guitar riffs as well as driving electric rhythms. They build their music out of emotion, and the melancholy which pervades their dreamy vocals combined with the instrumentation behind them makes for a truly ethereal experience. Now let’s get to Surataruna’s answers!
1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?
Well, it will be a first for us to be flying off to Seoul, so that is exciting enough for us! However, the most exciting aspect of being able to perform at Zandari Festa 2015 is the opportunity to play our first ever show in South Korea. We’ve played in India, Canada, and Singapore this year so far – we’re also playing in Malaysia later this month – but the thought of being able to play in South Korea in 2015 never crossed our minds, especially at a festival as massive as Zandari Festa and to a completely new audience, so we can’t wait!
2) What can people expect from a Lightcraft live show?
Expect something different, and be prepared to be soothed and lulled by our songs. Of course, we’d like to tell people to be prepared to be blown away, but let’s just see how it goes, eh? Also, compared to our recordings, our live sets are more energetic and more dynamic, so it’ll be a completely different experience.
3) For fest-goers not familiar with Lightcraft yet, what should they know about you?
Lightcraft is an indie-rock/dream-pop band from Jakarta, Indonesia, but we were formed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during our university years. We grew up as a band there before we returned home to Jakarta. We have released one EP, two albums, and a mini-compilation cassette, and some of our influences include Snow Patrol, Coldplay, Doves, Elbow, Starsailor, Mew, and Sigur Ros. Check out our SoundCloud for samples of our music, or head on over to our YouTube channel to see videos of us playing live. We’ve played festivals and shows in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, and Canada, but this will be our first time performing in South Korea, and hopefully we can please all of the fest-goers at Zandari Festa with our show!
4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?
We will definite be going sightseeing around town, seeing as it’ll be our maiden visit to Seoul! However, our main aim is to check out as many bands as possible. We’ve been listening to some of the bands that will be playing Zandari Festa 2015 and they are really, really good! We heard that Sssighborg will be performing – well, they told us about it, actually – and we shared a stage with them last year in Singapore at Baybeats Music Festival 2014, so it’ll be great to see them again. We’re also hoping to make new friends as well, and make as many amazing memories as possible from our short visit!
5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?
Hot tea and water before and during our set. It’s essential to maintain our singing voices and keep our performance levels as high as possible. After that, we’ll definitely be grabbing a few pints of some Korean beer and some soju to celebrate!