Yes No Wave Music

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Since 2007, veteran Yogyakarta artist Woto Wibowo, better known as Wok The Rock, has put out 100 releases on his label Yes No Wave Music, with which he’s striven to articulate an alternative, locally rooted communal way of operating.

Born in 1975 in Madiun, Indonesia, as a teen Wok moved to the Javanese subcultural hub Yogyakarta to study graphic design. After running a short lived punk label called Realino Records in the early 2000s, he launched Yes No Wave at a time when “the experimental/noise scene in Yogya was actually dying.” The subsequent success of affiliated artists like Senyawa in Yogyakarta and Gabber Modus Operandi in Bali is a byproduct of the socially conscious work undertaken by Wok, who notes that in the wake of Covid-19, “artists in Yogya are organising a collective action to distribute free food and masks for the poor.”

Wok meanwhile has launched a new punk focused sublabel, Dugtrax Records, and recently opened a Bandcamp page as a donation channel to Indonesian artists who’ve been adversely affected by the pandemic.

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