Project Notes: How To Lead a Band and the Virtues of Being Lazy
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Project Notes: where tips, thoughts and takeaways come together. This episode features Takahara Suiko (ep 003), bandleader of the Venopian Solitude, singer-songwriter, actor, writer (and now podcaster). She explores the nature of trust among bandmates, how it relates to ownership and performance within a band. Takahara makes the case of hacking the musical process with shortcuts, the virtues of being lazy and how it breeds creativity. 


Bandleader, singer-songwriter, actor, writer (and now podcaster!) Takahara Suiko is the brainchild behind The Venopian Solitude, an experimental electro-pop-nusantara indie band. In 2014, their album, Hikayat Perawan Majnun (Tales of a Lunatic Damsel), was nominated for three categories in the prestigious Anugerah Industri Muzik 2014 (). In 2016, she became the first 1st ever Malaysian alumnus of The Red Bull Music Academy. When uploading quick, electronica-tinged songs, she also publishes under the moniker, Viona. In 2016, she also won Best Hip-Hop Song for the song 'Janji' with Altimet at as the singer and co-lyricist. She also co-hosts Buah Mulut — a podcast of conversations with her husband, Anwar Hadi. AIM 2016: Best Engineered Album, Best Arrangement in Song, Best Music Video.

Episode Structure

  • 0:00 - Language Disclaimer 
  • 0:35 - Introductions 
  • 2:03 - The relationship between bandmates 
  • 5:04 - Dismantling the wall in pursuit of creativity 
  • 8:25 - Royalties, songwriting credit and ownership 
  • 12:08 - Hacking pop songs & linguistic writing devices 
  • 13:22 - Making shortcuts: how  lazy that breeds creativity 

And while you're here... If you haven't had a chance to listen to Takahara Suiko's episode Processing The Rage is Tiring (ep 003), it's worth checking out.

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