His first production as film composer was Nia Dinata’s 2002 film Ca Bau Kan (The Courtesan), followed by Arisan!, also by Nia, the following year.
His hero is violinist and composer Idris Sardi, whose work in the 1985 war film Doea Tanda Mata (Mementoes) and biopic of national heroine Tjoet Nja’ Dhien he considers his best.
Andi, currently working on two films, including the remake of Kartini, has been involved in different film genres – historical biopic, romance, action and even horror.
“Pocong 2 was special to me because I added in sound not common for horror films. I was thrilled to be able to work on it,” he said. He also found the freedom of creating music with director Rudi Soedjarwo in many of his films, including Mengejar
Matahari (Chasing the Sun), 9 Naga (Nine Dragons) and Mendadak Dangdut (Suddenly Dangdut). His scores are memorable, and many of his fans have also noticed their use in other movies. “I noticed that, but I wouldn’t make a fuss about it,” he said. The graduate of Berklee College of Music is also a fan of John Williams, especially for his latest work in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. He said he was more prudent in entering into work contracts today.
“I have acquired more detailed contracts to protect my works from piracy or multiple use.”