By Shakia Stewart, Digital Content Manager

17 November 2016 - 14:49

VJ and animator Rimbawan Gerilya - "I think my visuals are congruent to Kero Kero Bonito’s mood...because Kero Kero Bonito always use vibrant colours, it just falls into place right."

Meet the animator and VJ Rimbawan Gerilya

The first time Rimbawan did visuals was when he was involved in a regular, monthly drum and bass gig in Jakarta in the mid-2000s. He caught the fever after getting involved in a collective with friends who were early adopters of the VJ (visual jockey) profession. 

VJ-ing is my passion, my way of expression.”

As part of the UK/ID Festival 2016, Rimbawan will be joining British band Kero Kero Bonito (KKB) at their performance in Jakarta this Saturday at Rossi Musik, providing exciting, colourful, fun visuals that will be projected onto the stage and the band. 

We caught up with Rimbawan a couple of days before the gig to find out about the inspiration behind the visuals he's been creating.

What is the inspiration behind the visuals you have created for KKB?

The way I made the visuals is mostly by watching and listening to KKB over and over and seeing what comes up in my head. The fact that I enjoy the music makes it an enjoyable experience. I let myself have some freedom in visualising the songs because KKB seem to appreciate creative freedom as well.

I developed my own style which is always colourful. Initially the reason was because when I started a long time ago, we only had projectors and no LEDs, so only very saturated, very vibrant visuals could be translated well. And that’s kind of stuck with me, and become my signature visual. Because Kero Kero Bonito always use vibrant colours, it just falls into place right. 

A still from Rimbawan's KKB animations, inspired by Kero Kero Bonito's song 'Lipslap'.
Rimbawan has gathered resources to be animated and built a visual asset library in his VJ software. He will then perform live with the help of a mini MIDI controller. 
A screenshot of the video prototype how the visual design looks like when projected on the show and stage.

What does your visual style mean to you?

We live in a drab world - there is a lot of misery going on around us. My visuals represent an escape, and inspiration. 

Kero Kero Bonito’s visual identity is so much like mine - we have the same spirit I guess."

I think with Kero Kero Bonito their music is very whimsical, and it can feel like they live in a dreamland or something, but its not – their lyrics are grounded, about day-to-day things, but packaged in a colourful way so that maybe it helps you go through your drab day and make it a little better.

I guess my visuals are kind of like that too.  

Kero Kero Bonito will be performing on Friday 18 November at the Good's Diner and on Saturday 19 November at Studiorama, Jakarta with Rimbawan’s visuals.