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The Impact of American Producer David Svoboda on the Indonesian Music Scene
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Jakarta, kabar-kini.com - Even though David Svoboda is not Indonesian, he has had a big part in shaping the Indonesian music scene over the last decade. His work has spanned from promoting new types of concerts, evolving the distribution mechanisms, as well as bringing the artists together for good causes.

David Svoboda was the founder of Classical Jakarta in 2012. Classical Jakarta was a project designed to bring the best classical musicians in the world to Jakarta. This was not only to create wonderful concerts, but to create a networking environment for the business community of Jakarta. The project was done with partners such as the US Embassy Cultural Center, @America, and with major support from the Panigoro family of Medco. In December, 2012, Classical Jakarta brought principal members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to Jakarta to perform music that had been composed by Indonesian composer, Ananda Sukarlan.

David Svoboda has contributed to the Indonesian music scene in many ways. He has brought new forms of distribution of music to Indonesia. In 2011, he was the first person to have artists distribute their music in digital vaults that could be accessed with scratch off cards that were sold through small shops around Indonesia. He has worked with, managed, developed or produced over 150 artists. Artists such as Keith Martin, Indri Buana, Agnes Mo, Sandhy Sondoro, Teza Sumendra, Gideon Tengker, Clarice Cutie, Brianna Simorangkir, Calvin Jeremy, Idan Cohen (IC) and many more.

More recently in 2017, he started a project under the name of ICBANANA. The music video that attacked the fakeness, profanity, controlled substance abuse, and over sexualization of the music industry. The artist that he used is not actually an artist. She was a fictional character that was invented and was played by an active duty Israeli Soldier, Idan Cohen.

His campaign was met with huge support in Indonesia including a viral dance challenge, a trending topic on twitter, and endorsements from Indonesian Government officials like Annies Baswedan and Imam Nugrari. Unfortunately, he had to remove the soldier, Idan Cohen, from the campaign due to immoral choices she was making with her public image.

What is probably his biggest contribution is his uniting of artists for good causes. In 2015, under the suggestion from the spouse of the then US Ambassador, Sofia Blake, David Svoboda launched a major charity initiative called Give Back - Artists in Service.

5The project brought support from some of Indonesiaís biggest stars, Raline Shah, Joe Taslim, Agnez Mo, Mike Lewis and many more. The project was initially partnered with UNHCR and Dompet Dhuafa. In 2016, David Svoboda signed the project over to UNICEF. It has since been copied and replicated in multiple countries. The projectís initial goal was to raise funds and awareness for the 49 million undocumented children in Indonesia. It has since then, done a lot more good than was originally intended. David Svoboda is currently bringing together international artists from around the world to work together with Indonesian artists to raise awareness and funds for the hurting people of Bali.

The project is focusing on creating 8 bases across Bali that will provide clean water and medical assistance with basic needs care to the disenfranchised people suffering in Bali. The project will use a similar strategy to his project Give Back making a "We Are the World" type music video to raise awareness and funds. The song that is being used was written by Monique Benabou of Season 2 The Voice USA, and Season 1 of MEGASTAR with Usher. A documentary is also being filmed showing the involvement of the artists and how they are helping the Indonesian people. Monique is a first generation American artist of Moroccan/Israeli descent.

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