Imam Wisaya Surataruna

Managing Editor, Copy Editor, Writer, and Singer/Songwriter

Location icon Indonesia

I accidentally stumbled upon the worlds of journalism and literature by mistake. I am a musician and an editor, with my last full-time occupation manning the managing editor seat for a city lifestyle magazine in Jakarta, which I did for 3+ years. Prior to that, I was the deputy editor of another city lifestyle magazine, yet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Currently, I am a freelance copywriter, copy editor, managing editor, editor, translator, writer, etc - you get the gist.

Music-wise, I've been fronting an indie-rock/dream-pop called lightcraft ever since we got together during our time in college. With two albums, two EPs, a mini CD, and a cassette under our belt, we've performed at festivals and on stages in the UK, the USA, Canada, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. Our most recent forays abroad saw us represent Indonesia at SXSW (South By Southwest) 2017 in Austin, Texas, USA and also at V-Rox 2017 in Vladivostok, Russia.

Personally, I'm in my early 30s, am a music enthusiast and football (soccer) lover, resides in Jakarta, Indonesia, and yearns for global peace and harmony.

Portfolio
KL Lifestyle
6/1/2012
Journey: Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir

An interview for KL Lifestyle's monthly Journey feature with Marina Mahathir, who is a writer, an activist, and TV producer, but mostly known for being the eldest daughter of former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.

JJK
10/1/2013
Record: Lord of the Dance

An interview with legendary Indonesian actor and dancer Rudy Wowor for JJK's monthly Record interview article.

JJK
6/1/2015
Entertainment: This City

Monthly entertainment feature within the pages of JJK that alternated between music and film every month. Also includes a playlist of the music that were currently on rotation in the editorial office of JJK.

JJK
7/1/2015
Closer Look: Street Spirit

A collaborative article done with the whole editorial team, Closer Look takes a, yes, closer look at the social problems that plague Jakarta and Indonesia in general. Each month, every article would then be rewritten and copy edited by yours truly.

JJK
7/1/2015
Travel Updates

A monthly feature on JJK that compiles the best updates revolving around domestic and international travelling.

JJK
9/1/2015
Afterthought: Master and Servant

A thought-provoking monthly article that featured at the end of every issue, exploring the weird, the interesting, and the funny sides of living in Jakarta. This particular piece tackles Jakartans' overreliance on domestic helpers.

JJK
2/1/2017
Journeys: Down on Merseyside

A travel article for JJK's monthly Journeys feature that I wrote about a five-day trip that I went on in Liverpool, where my band and I performed at Liverpool Sound City in 2016.

JJK
2/1/2017
Restaurant Review: Jia

Seeking out the latest and best in the restaurant scene of Jakarta, Restaurant Review independently chooses and rates selected eateries in the city on a monthly basis.

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