Indonesian Singer Rizky Pratama Putra On Being Appreciated By Super Junior D&E, K-pop Influences In Career

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Indonesian idol Rizky Pepew talks about K-Pop influences over his music career. Highlights include getting his doodle noticed by Super Junior-D&E.

Rizky Pepew

Photo Credit: @rizkypepew (Instagram)

Previously, Rizky talked about how much K-Pop has been influencing his music career. Now, he reveals the interesting experiences he had with K-Pop so far.

From the hardships of covering tracks in Korean to getting his doodle noticed by Super Junior D&E, Rizky has a lot to share about K-Pop!

HKP: You have covered tracks by Jonghyun and Taeyeon, Suzy and Baekhyun, IU, and BLACKPINK. What were the hardships of covering Korean songs, considering that it is originally sung in a language you are foreign to?

Rizky: To be honest, I had a really big problem pronouncing the lyrics because my main language is Indonesian, and I didn’t have any knowledge of Korean language. But my duet friend Ardina Glenda has been helping me a lot. She corrected every single word I sang. Well, my tongue still slipped, but at least I tried my best because I love the song so much.


HKP: In September 2017, 5Romeo was invited to perform at the Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo (KBEE) in Jakarta. Super Junior D&E also performed in that event. And you guys had your first mini fan-signing event. Please share your fan-signing experience back then.

Rizky Pepew

Super Junior D&E.
(Photo Credit: Rizky Pratama Putra)

Rizky: It was very cute and fun, because in Indonesia, we do not have the fan signing tradition. Now, I understand what it feels like to be a Korean Idol – although for only one day hahaha.


HKP: We also heard that Super Junior’s Donghae and Eunhyuk took a picture with your doodle. What was your initial reaction to it?

Thank you guys!!!! 5Romeo!!

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Rizky: I was very shocked and did not expect that to come. I made the doodle for Donghae and Eunhyuk as a symbol of friendship between the boy groups in two countries. And then, I opened my Instagram account the next day, and BOOM! Eunhyuk posted the doodle I made for D&E! He is super kind and I feel so appreciated. They are very nice.


HKP: You know that several K-Pop acts are coming to Jakarta this year, which includes GOT7, KARD, NU’EST W, TWICE, Wanna One, and 14U. Which groups are you looking forward to the most, and why?

Rizky: I love GOT7, KARD, and TWICE and really can’t wait for their performances here in Jakarta. Especially for KARD, because from what I heard, they had very big success touring concert in the USA. They are cool.


HKP: Do you have anything else to say to our readers? Anything you are currently working on? 5Romeo?

Rizky: I am currently working on my second album with 5Romeo. We have been having workshops, rehearsals, and songwriting sessions coming up. And I am also planning to cover more K-Pop songs. Just to make sure you are always updated, please follow my Instagram account. Thank you HelloKpop for the interview and a big thank you to the readers who read this interview.


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