New Normal

N°_03 : new normal

​Release : 26.04.2020
Production : soydivision
Executive editor : Jan Thedja
Art director : Ariel Orah
Contributor : Morgan Sully, Bilawa Respati, Cindy Putri, Ariel Orah, Lara Orrico

Editor’s Note

Welcome to the new normal!
With the world daring to take its first step into normality just in time for spring to fully take over from the winter that never was. New ideas, new energy, more colour, more sun, more warmth. Of course, being based in Berlin does bring with it a lot of privilege, other places in the world are not as lucky as we are, more than a good reason to make the best out of what we have. 

Three is the magic number, as they say, and we think our third issue is exactly that. First of all, we are delighted to introduce a new segment by our own Morgan Sully. He will present a series of interview with some of the most creative personalities in underground music, starting with artists he had the pleasure to meet during his recent trip to Indonesia (a trip so eventful I am tempted to make him interview himself about his experience). Bilawa Ade Respati will present the second part of his short stories collection The Glasshouse and creative director and Soydivision co-founder Ariel Orah is debuting his latest work under his Ravenative moniker, featuring the illustration of the immensely talented Cindy Putri. To round things off, a big lovely thanks to Lara Orrico, who will go down in history with our first ever open call submission ever, recalling the isolation madness of this last few weeks with her illustrative work.

Someday, hopefully in the foreseeable future, these first three issues of Soy&Zine will be collected as the first volume. And while we might find some things could have been done better, I also think we will be able to look back and be proud of what we have done and reminisce what an insane time we lived in. 

Jan Thedja

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Jan Thedja

Music hasn't managed to loosen its grip on Berlin-based selector Jan K since he listened to the likes of Mozart. and the Beatles on his Father’s stereo as a young child. Having gone on phases of listening to classical, rock, pop, punk, jazz, hip-hop and electronic music, he decided some years ago to share with people his own personal musical narrative. While his literary output has slowed down for the moment, he is increasingly sharing his music through mixes and performances, more recently with the Berlin collective l-kw. He is currently working a music project loosely based on his experience as a doctor.