Please tell us more about your background and what made you become an artist? How and what got you started in art?
My Dad and Sister are real good drawers and I think being in that environment influenced me a lot in becoming a good drawer as well. Dad use to be an art lecturer, so he taught me many things about art and different techniques of doing them. And for my sister, she influenced a certain taste of art.
What first sparked your interest in art?
I've always been drawing since little but didn't plan to become an artist. I actually majored in politics and after graduating I worked as a copywriter in an advertising company and then switched to a scriptwriter in a television network. But I guess this little hobby of mine became a bigger need. So I quit my job and decided to become a full-time artist.
What was the very first piece you created?
It was back in junior high. I wrote "B-Rap-C" which was my rap group. Real silly, it was.
What is your favorite project you ever worked on?
It was back in 2009 where I was invited to paint a whole village with other graffiti and street artists in Bandung. The village needed help because it flooded every time it rained. We also worked with architects to rebuild the village and of course put some art on their walls. It was a very pleasant experience where I got to know the people in that village and shared some great moments with them.
What do you think is the most important factor in creating art that's meaningful and impacting?
Honesty. Without it, expression wouldn't be real. It wouldn't even be expression.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. Mostly my daily life. It could be from a silly conversation or a headline of the news. And It also comes anytime. That's why I carry around my sketch book everywhere I go.
How would you define your style?
A little bit of this and that I suppose. I didn't go to art school, so I really don't know what my art is categorized as.
Living in Bandung, Indonesia, do you feel that cultural influences play a role in the creation of your art? If so, which particular cultural differences do you feel are most beneficial?
Yes I do. Bandung has strong traditions and culture. Also Bandung is becoming more modern with globalization and the urban culture such as graffiti and street art has just started to grow here. So therefore I am kind of in the middle of all of it.
Everyone appreciates a good compliment every now and then. What is the best compliment you have received from someone regarding your work?
"I love u stereoflow. I wanna be like u". That kind of compliment coming from kids just makes a relaxed feeling that younger generations want to do art. Because my generation didn't. Art was really formal as opera for me as a kid.
Which artist do you most admire?
Picasso. I admire his "craziness" of being who he wants to be. I think that's very close to freedom.
Hip-Hop culture was an influence in jumpstarting your artistic career, what is it about the music industry and culture that is so important for artists?
Before doing street art, I did graffiti. Before that, I use to rap. So there's the connection to my artistic career. But music for me (and I guess for everyone else too) plays an important role in daily life and personality. It sometimes can stimulate a certain feeling in simple ways of life. Like the first song choice to start the day just to keep that good mood going.
The name "Stereoflow", how did this name come into fruition?
My tag name was Stereoflow when I wrote graffiti. So here I am stuck with it. No regrets though.
Street art is often unjustly underrated, what in your opinion defines the meaning of art?
Street art is art done in public. So logically you have to be an artist first than become a street artist. But logic sometimes isn't fun. So I think street art is free for everyone to do. The street is the best exhibition on earth and galleries are just places to sell them.
Tell us more about your crew Tagteam, and about FAB Family.
I formed Tagteam in 2002 with graffiti writer Shake. Then in 2005, all crews in Bandung decided to form a community called FAB (Flagrant Act of Bombing). The purpose was to share and discuss about graffiti. We became real close to one another. So we added 'Family' to the name. Throughout the years, some left and new ones joined. Now, the remaining 9 are still active doing street art and graffiti throughout Indonesia.
What has been your favorite exhibition up to date?
Moca Art in the Streets. Best exhibition so far!
If you were to sum up your work in a few short sentences, what would you say it about?
Adventures of Anna and Tommy. FYI, in my imaginary art world of Stereoflow, Anna is a female and Tommy is a male. Inspired by the word and definition of 'anatomy'.
Do you feel your designs have a distinctive style? How has your style evolved over the years?
Most people say I do. Probably yes because I stick to angular shapes and straight lines. But with that limitation, it challenges me to explore more in applying them in different media and techniques.
How does being an artist influence your life?
I think it's the other way around. My life influences me as an artist.
What is your artistic philosophy?
Art is not the image you see on a canvas or a wall, but rather, art is the process and the way you live it.
Art, Design, Fashion, Music, what does each concept mean to you? Do you see them intertwining and completing each other? Or, alternatively, do you see them as their own separate wholes?
They are all works of creative and imaginative people. That's the people I like to be around with. Probably because they understand each other and sort of have their own language. Their creation inspires people and makes life so much more colorful in many ways. Therefore I'm following their footsteps hoping to do the same. Because I think life without art, design, fashion, music is just meaningless.
Lastly, what is the most played song in your music library at the moment?
Mayer Hawthorne Stick Around