We had the good fortune of connecting with Aditya Arifianto and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aditya, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As a musician/producer living in the US, life is always about risks no matter where you go. Coming from a South-East Asian household, taking risks are always a top priority, as most of us are always forgotten.

I grew up in a small town in Bandung, Indonesia, where having a dream of becoming “somebody” felt like rocket science. Wanting to become a musician/producer always felt like a dead end or just a crazy dream, because we did not have many resources/opportunities to pursue such occupation.

I was the lucky few where both my parents were music enthusiasts and supported my life choices. Not many people around me would agree to choose this path, as many would go for a rather simple life and be stable, which is not wrong either. I’ve always been a competitive person growing up, and always wanted to be the best at what I do.

Knowing that pursuing music in Indonesia would lead me nowhere, going to the US was always a dream of mine, as it’s a home of the entertainment industry. However, coming to the US was not going to be easy. This meant that there are things I had to sacrifice and one of those was leaving behind my family and friends.

When I think about risk, I always think about the sacrifices I make along the way to pursue the one thing we love the most. Some sacrifices may hurt us emotionally or physically, but those sacrifices will eventually be paid along the way, if we keep pursuing that dream. Being able to reside in the US has made me become a better musician and even made many connections along the way. There were many sacrifices that I had to endure, but it was well worth it.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I go by the stage name “Ari Kota”, and I am a producer/musician based in Tempe Arizona. Growing up in a small neighborhood in the heart of Bandung, Indonesia, I personified my music within the surroundings of my hometown city and combined them with Western influences that represents my articulate style of R&B, Jazz and Electronic Music.

Getting to where I am right now was not an easy journey. There were many rejections I had to endure, from getting professional connections, to record deals and such. It was emotionally and physically draining at some point in time, that sometimes it was hard to get motivated. But you just need to push through and eventually I pulled through. The road to success is not easy, but success cannot be reached without the support of both physically and emotionally from the people you meet around you.

Being a musician/producer in Arizona has helped me meet talented people from my field and build a certain “collective” from that. From the experiences I’ve learned along the way, I have created a platform called “Hidden Oasis” where we promote and publish underrated independent artists here in Arizona and other underrated demographic areas around the world (Music, artists and films). I want people to know that there are good music to be found in their area. The brand is still in the works but it should be live very soon. (insta: @discoverhiddenoasis)

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
From my view point, I’ve always loved going to downtown Phoenix, especially for First Friday. There’s a lot of cool mini shops around that are mostly startups or just people and artists trying to show off their projects or works.

Another place would be hiking spots and parks around. One of the most unique parks would be Papago Park. Coming from a tropical country, being there felt like I was just on another planet as the landscape was unlike anything else I saw anywhere in the world.

I am also a coffee drinker, and usually when I visit a place, I would like to find coffee shops and try out their coffee. Here in Arizona, I’ve tried many coffee shops around the state and for me the best coffee shop I have ever tried anywhere even in the US, has to be Infusion Coffee. The blend and taste is unlike anything I’ve ever tried anywhere and if there’s a perfect taste to coffee, I’d say this is it.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The people that had a big impact were first of all my parents. They were the first people who believed in my story and supported what I wanted to do in life. Another person that gave me the full support and encouragement was a music producer named Tony AKA Tlo. He helped me become a better producer and also encourage me to try new blends of music instead of sticking to one genre. From that we became best friends and music buddies. Always sending each other music that we made and making constructive feedbacks.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arikotamusic/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aditya-arifianto-147645123/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arikotamusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE9Me24fSHxoZZo596P4L9A

Other: HIdden Oasis: https://www.instagram.com/discoverhiddenoasis/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1IMsDzP5MBWIofBsIJdIHH?si=JpOIgTOkQ7SbGSru5YhDCw Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ari-kota/1596902736

Image Credits
The sunset city photo: https://www.instagram.com/koich1roarchives/

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