SUBO: Jakarta’s first “intimate” audible lifestyle


After spending a good fifteen minutes trying to find the address, I found the place I was looking for. It was a unit at the end of a cul-de-sac in a residential area in south Jakarta. A man directed me to go to the end of the driveway and open the door in the basement. Inside is a living room-like space with turntables, speakers, rows of records, two tables, chairs, and a bar. Some vintage books, upcycled clothing, and various memorabilia were also placed or hung on the shelves. Soothing jazz music came out of the speakers as I tried to record it all. I was at SUBO, a listening room that the couple Aria Anggadwipa and Intan Anggita had created for people who want to hear music “properly” in a more comfortable and cozy environment than, for example, going to a club. The homely aspect may come from the fact that SUBO is literally their home. The C …

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