IMPACT 0340: MAKING MUSIC AND CHASING THE DREAM
Rangga Jones is a 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer who delivers a comforting and mesmerising musical experience. With a steady stream of Pop and R&B hits, the Indonesian-born and Singapore-based artist is one of the most exciting musicians to watch out for in recent years. He draws his inspiration from the likes of Justin Bieber, Lauv and Keshi to express his musicality.
Tell us more about what you do!
I’m a singer, songwriter and producer whose dream is to do music full-time. The songs I put out are mostly of the Pop and R&B genre, but my end goal is to create songs that people can relate to!
I started my music journey back in late 2019 when I released my first song “Beautiful Mistake” on all music platforms. The song didn’t do amazing, but I was so happy and proud to see an original song of mine up on Spotify and Apple Music.
As time went by, I released a variety of new music, had collaborations with other producers and artists, and even did my first ever live performance under the Noise Mentorship Programme which overall improved my production and songwriting skills.
I was also fortunate enough to be on Spotify’s “RADAR” Artist which helped me gain new listeners and get on amazing playlists like “Hot Hits Singapore”. The highest followed playlist I’ve ever been on was “It’s a Hit!”.
What motivated you to do this?
I think the saying “It’s now or never” really motivates me to keep on going with this. I don’t want to look back when I’m older and have regrets that I never gave my all in my music career. After all, this is a dream of mine, to be able to live off music and call it my job! Of course, seeing so many people listening to my songs motivates me so much as well.
Have you faced any challenges so far? How did you overcome them?
One of the challenges I always seem to face is self-doubt and comparing my music to others. It’s a really bad habit of mine especially when I’ve got easy access to see the statistics of my songs. To overcome this, I tell myself that comparing statistics does nothing good for my mindset and that I should be focused on creating the best songs I can, no matter the stream numbers.
If you could share one piece of advice with your fellow youth, what would it be?
I think the best advice I could give is to never give up on what you truly want to do and achieve in life! Even if it seems like things aren’t going your way, hang in there and don’t give it up too early. There have been so many times when I wanted to stop making music and get a “proper” job because everyone around me seems to be making a good income. But this is what I want to do as a career, and I’m not going to give it up so easily.
What are your hopes or plans for the future? What do you want to see or perhaps do?
A personal goal of mine is to continue to hustle and put out more new music so that I can grow my listeners around the world. Maybe, I would even do more collaborations with different international artists too. I would also love to eventually make a full album and do a show for the release of it!
This article was published on Feb 8, 2022