As part of UK/ID Festival 2017, UK songwriter Dan Croll was invited to Indonesia to collaborate with Indonesian musician Thearosa. We caught up with them to find out more about their collaboration.
How did you find collaborating with Theorosa?
It’s been really fun. We both have different ways of working, in a good way. She’s more acoustic; she was doing demos just her and her acoustic guitar. Whereas I turned up to the studio with some keyboards and synths, so it made it really interesting. We’ve combined both of those elements and come out with a couple of tracks that have been really fun to work on.
We’ve shared new influences, new music, new ways of writing, and learned a lot about each other culturally. So I’ll definitely take quite a bit away from this trip.
Why do you think it’s important to work with people from different cultures?
The only way I can write music is by going to new places and meeting new people. I can’t imagine what that would be like without, I’d have nothing to write about, I’d never leave England and there’s only so much you can write about England! I just wouldn’t have the creativity if I stayed there all the time.
The only way I can write music is by going to new places and meeting new people.
Coming over to Indonesia, and all kinds of other places, you get to hear new music. It has so much influence on your music consciously and unconsciously. It’s super important.
How friendly people are, its quite crazy. You imagine in a big, populated city that’s so busy that people wouldn’t really have time to stop and chat and give you time, but actually it’s been the opposite. There are so many people, but all of them are lovely and give you a lot of time, a lot of help. e'e been so welcomed here.
Three words to sum up your experience?
Humid, speedy, tasty.