A breath of uninformed air, both for a listener and for Maudy Ayunda herself, is how a 23-year-old singer-songwriter explains a pretension of her recently expelled third album Oxygen.
The recover of a manuscript feels opposite for her, compared to her prior dual albums. It has a opposite energy. For a initial time Maudy was concerned in each partial of a process, from essay a lyrics to arranging a music. The routine itself is a statement: She wanted to make a manuscript constant to who she is, who she has grown to become.
Maudy, regarded as a high achiever in both her educational and career paths, started her career in a party attention unequivocally young. At age 11, she starred in her initial underline film, Untuk Rena (For Rena) in 2005. She kicked off her low-pitched career a few years later, finally releasing her entrance album Panggil Aku (Call Me) when she was 16.
She continued her tour in a film attention by starring in mixed other films such as Perahu Kertas (Paper Boat) and Trinity the Nekad Traveler(Trinity, a Reckless Traveler) while offered thousands of albums. On tip of that, while accruing all these accolades, Maudy managed to investigate during her dream university, a prestigious Oxford University in a United Kingdom. She graduated in 2016, with a grade in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE).
It was during her time in England that Maudy unequivocally got to know herself. In her youth, Maudy conformed to going with a flow, never unequivocally doubt things. She mostly depended on a opinions of a people around her.
“I consider as a immature lady flourishing adult in Indonesia, we have a community kind of culture,” she said.
“There is a unequivocally skinny line between what we consider and what everybody else thinks. You don’t indeed consider for yourself many of a time.”
However, during her time abroad she was forced to deflect for herself, permitting her to maintain her clarity of self. From tiny life decisions, like selecting that divert to buy or during what time to go to bed, to a deeper and some-more suggestive decisions — she started to make her possess decisions.
“I consider that’s how we got to find myself and during slightest find my possess voice, and we satisfied what a things were that were some-more culturally enforced on me or my family, and what was creatively from me.”
Love and life: Singer Maudy Ayunda (left) performs during a launch of her latest manuscript Oxygen during Ice Palace, Lotte Shopping Avenue, in Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Feb. 15. (RHDProd./Yayat)
The clarity of control that she took behind from England culminated in her new album. The preference came about naturally when she was operative on a album.
“The time came when we said, ‘I consider it has to be this way’ and we was right, so a comfort and certainty solemnly grown — nonetheless we am still in a training process,” she said.
“It feels like we have found myself, as we did when we was there, and it’s opening a new page. we feel like we have turn a opposite being. So it feels unequivocally good to be means to uncover a opposite side of me in music.”
Music is not a usually opening by that Maudy expresses herself. She has also donned a layer of activist. Last year, she was allocated as a orator for a transformation opposite complicated slavery, and she recently teamed adult with private lender Bank CIMB Niaga to spearhead another beginning directed during cultivating and assisting comprehend a dreams of Indonesian youths from all over a country.
One partial of a new beginning is environment adult workshops that assistance immature people figure out what they indeed want, to pinpoint what their passions are, something to that Maudy now closely relates.
“I am super sanctified that we can have opposite dimensions. we only acknowledge that with this height we do feel like there is a shortcoming to use it unequivocally wisely and to amplify things that we consider should be amplified,” she said.
She competence be immature and ambitious, though Maudy also has identical questions to other immature people who have only finished their undergraduate study.
“I felt a lot of difficulty entrance behind from Oxford. It’s unavoidable in your early twenties, carrying only graduated from university, still doubt a definition of life, what adore is, fundamentally doubt everything.”
Despite carrying a fibre of achievements, Maudy still has other passions to pursue. One thing she would like to supplement to her repertoire is going behind to propagandize to do a master’s grade during some point. Either following in a line of her PPE degree, or something that can be total with her music, like an MBA.
Having a change in her low-pitched style, that reflects her expansion in a past years, Maudy is not fearful she will remove her constant fans.
“They are also growing, maturing, so if we wish to stay friends we have to grow with them. The immature people that listened to me in college are about to start work, and maybe they have a same questions and mindset as we do.”
— The writer is an novice at The Jakarta Post