Indonesian singer Yuka Kharisma


Yuka Kharisma

Yuka Kharisma is a popular Indonesian singer-songwriter based in Kuala Lumpur. She rose to prominence after being semi-finalist of the fifth season of Indonesian Idol, and her career reached a new peak when she won the Best New Female Artist Award of the 15th Anugerah Planet Muzik. Her first single was Kita Harus Percaya, which she released in 2013, then she released a few singles that topped the charts such as Dengan Tiada Luka (2014), Hati Berbisik (2015), Ju Bersedia (2015), and Muara Cintaku (2016).

Recently, she had the opportunity to make her dream come true of performing alongside her two idols, Bunga Citra Lestari and Anuar Zain, at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre's Plenary Hall on April 28, 2018.
“This is my dream and thank God, it will come true soon,” she said about the BLC state show. “I have long wanted to share the edge with these two great figures.”
Anuar Zain is a multi-award-winning Malaysian singer, and Yuka Kharisma grew up listening to his music. Anuar Zain's first album was released in 1998, and he didn't a release any more singles for a while, until “Bila Resah.” His most recent album was this year. With so many years in the industry, he is an icon in the Malaysian music scene.
“Not many people might know my songs,” she said, “so the concert will include a song from a popular singer,” she said prior to the two-hour concert. There was aslo a duet with Abang Anuar and BLC.
Although she is still not that popular in the music scene, Anuar Zain knew who she was. “The praise from Anuar was an inspiration to me and motivated me to do better,” she said.
Apart from promoting the concert, Yuka also launched her debut album. “The album was actually recorded several years ago, but I hadn't had the opportunity to finish it until now, which is when it is launched.” The album comprises different types of songs, ranging from slow songs to rancid songs. This mix of music styles is possible thanks to that her label allows her great artistic liberty.
She said that it might take her longer to release songs under this label, it does it make it easier for her to make artistic decisions and do whatever she thinks is best for her career.
She said that she finds the music industry to be more robust now. “Technology helped change the scene in so many ways especially in terms of how we consume entertainment,” she told New Straits Times, “Hard copies have changed to soft copies, offline artistry has translated online and these changes are inescapable”.
She added, “I see it as a positive — for as long as there are policies that protect artistes' rights. Piracy is still an issue, and music is more vulnerable to illegal file sharing and downloading. That said, I do see some brightness in the digital music business, as it has been part of our lifestyle for years now. Artistes and consumers ease into it without major ramifications.”
Despite the dangers that downloading of music and illegal file sharing presents to the artist, there are also positive aspects to technology and she has managed to make the most of it. “We managed to use the innovations that come with technological growth in an empowering manner. For instance, musicians are able to share music more widely and consumers in return have better entertainment choices,” she said.
When asked if she has experienced any downfalls with the rise of technology in music, she said, “One of my unreleased song got leaked and I didn't even realised it until I saw the song in a music list during a karaoke session. That got me puzzled and disappointed. I could not even fathom how it ended up at an entertainment outlet. That is why I stress the importance of a more controlled and structured regulation to protect our work”.
Despite its difficulties and the challenges that technology brings, she said that it didn't stop her from embracing digitalisation. “I had a lot of trust issues as a result of it but there are continuous strategies and sustained solutions to curb piracy presented by the government to take measures that safeguard the interest of people involved in the music industry.”
She added: “The industry's digital landscape here for musicians to thrive is better than in Indonesia. Royalty is better guarded due to stronger governing bodies. The industry here is better controlled.”


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