Indonesian Singer Rizky Pratama Putra On Being Appreciated By Super Junior D&E, K-pop Influences In Career
Indonesian idol Rizky Pepew talks about K-Pop influences over his music career. Highlights include getting his doodle noticed by Super Junior-D&E.
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: 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?
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.
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.