While the move was influenced by Adia, his Javanese wife, getting under the skin of the ‘beautiful, turbulent and progressive’ country he now calls home provoked his best light-bulb moment to date.
Perceiving a real lack of original, exciting media platforms for an emerging generation of switched-on millenials, Mo enlisted VICE, a company he already had history with.
Launched this time last year with a full weekend blowout of music, art and youth culture at Potato Head Beach Club, VICE’s surprising story angles, honest reporting style and comprehensive coverage on up-to-the-minute issues quickly won favour with the young Indonesian public.
Days before installment two of the VICE x Potato Head Weekender party, Mo spares a few minutes to share insights on the year’s editorial highlights, VICE’s move into feature films, and the country’s creative youth movements to watch out for.
It’s a little bit of a blur to be honest! My feet haven’t really touched the ground; we tend to work at speed as a company. We have made some amazing content, formed some beautiful branded partnerships, and now are excited to be planning our entry into the scripted movie space with our first feature film alongside the wonderful Joko Anwar. I’m also in the very early stages of developing a movie with a clever old friend of mine. It’s also set in Indonesia with one of the wildest stories I’ve probably ever heard…
I’m afraid I can’t give away any other details about the movie is at the moment…
We published a great story about the daughter of a local preman (a street gangster). The story travelled incredibly well and was a global smash for VICE and local TV here. [Read it here]
No. People have really warmed to our reporting style. We had a small problem with the military but that ended well and was essentially through no fault of our own. We have a super professional local team of writers, we know how to navigate our storytelling, aiming to be provocative but never deliberately disrespectful. I’ve been here almost seven years, so also pretty schooled now on what should or shouldn’t be covered.
He’s a dear old friend with one of the most magnetic personalities I’ve ever met, so essentially I had no choice! He’s also at the top of his game time and time again when performing so I’m really chuffed to have him play for us and Potato Head again. We’ll be putting the world to rights and spending some quality time with him and his better half Samantha.
She’s [Ykha Amelz] amazing! That piece [Volcano with Eyes] was put together exclusively by her to celebrate our launch. This year it’s the wonderful Luke Insect and his artistic translation of Indonesia, which he nailed as I imagined he would.
The young art movements. Yogyakarta is awash with very exciting, super talented and fresh local artists, it’s such a vibrant and exciting scene . Check out Wedhar Riyadi for innovative psych art at its best. Buy it up! It’s a solid investment tip.