Working in a foreign country, with the world and its different life and customs, is certainly not easy. But for a young woman, Akila Loui, her love of music produces an inner satisfaction. His dream came true when three songs singleit was uploaded by Spotify.
Born with the name Akila Loui in Magelang 25 years ago, Kila, her nickname has loved art, especially music since she was in high school in Yogyakarta. However, he admitted that in fact he could not read block notation. It is his feelings and moods that allow him to put them into a song.
“Sometimes I like to express my emotions through art. When I was little, I didn’t realize it, but after a while when I was sad, I suddenly wrote a song like that, I just felt more relieved. It seems that music is a tool for me to heal myself. So even now I can’t read music notation. So in producing music only based on feeling just.”
Determined to study music
Kila then wanted to change his life by going to Berlin, Germany to study music production for 3 years at the University of Catalyst Music and graduated last October.
Kila had time to make a solo music project that he produced and sang himself, but eventually he realized that he needed a partner. Well, that’s where he met Elias.
“I feel, for motivation to learn with the view of making work alone, maybe for learning it is good, but for the professional world, we still need other people. That’s what I’m grateful for meeting Elias. Because sometimes other people can help us get inspiration, so that their work is better,” he said.
According to Kila, Elias whose full name is Elias Olivera Graversen, can understand his feelings, so it’s easy to put them into a song. They wrote the lyrics together.
Elias, who graduated from the BIMM University in Berlin, plays the piano and/or keyboard and also sings.
From the abbreviations of their names, Akila and Elias, the band “AE” has now launched 3 single songs that can be heard on Spotify.
When asked what color the music was, Kila explained, “Impure pop, a mixture of all of them. So there are pop nuances, rock, etc. But because there are vocals, it is considered pop. So we mix all the existing music colors (genres).”
Translucent on Spotify
The meeting of these two young people led to pop songs such as Monkeys, In Silence, and Mind Back.
Elias who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark 23 years ago commented on his music production with Kila, “Working with Akila was a good experience for me because we got to know each other through the songwriting process. So through that we discussed a lot about Indonesia, we wrote love songs, but at the same time other things can be inserted into the songs.”
In fact the road to Spotify for AE is not too complicated and can be said to be lucky. At that time, both of them received scholarships from their respective universities to make an album for one month. After that, Kila asked for the help of his former lecturer who was an expert in audio mix.
It turned out that his former lecturer liked the album and then he helped with its distribution, and put it on the Record Jet in Berlin. From there, Kila was able to enter music platforms, including Spotify.
Launches First Album “Small Hands”
Now AE is ready to launch its fourth single, “Water Drape” which will be released on September 10th. After that, their debut album, which they titled “Small Hands”, will also be released. In this album, there are different perspectives on love, such as falling in love in a foreign country, and the struggle through its twists and turns.
According to Kila, he experienced an identity crisis while living in a foreign country. Feelings of doubt about knowing and loving yourself. However, in the end the album can be part of the healing process, as well as a way to open up to each other for Akila and Elias.
The meaning of ‘Small Hands’ or ‘Small Hands’ has an understanding that is, if many small hands join each other, big changes can occur. Success can be achieved if we support each other.
The album was written in November 2020 at the Hellerau Center for the European Arts in the city of Dresden, Germany.
An old friend of Akila’s in Yogyakarta, Elisabeth Noviasari is proud of Loui’s music career, as she calls Akila.
“I’ve really followed Loui’s progress in music from high school until now, and her skills have really grown. It has always been seen that his potential in music is cool. And I’m very proud that he dared to pursue his dream to get there, finally making AE with Elias, and I’ve been following AE since the beginning and the music is really cool.”
The profile photo of “AE” features a painting on the faces of Akila and Elias, which they say is a means to support LGBTQ, gender equality, and feminism.
Kila has a dual talent, besides singing she is also a model wearing designer Kai Gerhardt (Kai Fashion), with photographers Dico Baskoro and Kaska Jankiewicz. Their work was published in the Polish Vogue magazine.
Like the concept of his album “Small Hands”, by helping each other, together with his friends who are photographers and fashion designers, Kilapun continues to work by complementing each other with his partners. [ps/em]