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A Soft Review To Mola Chill Festival

by Alvien Pramono and Anira Salsabilla

People are beginning to miss music concerts now that the Covid-19 pandemic has been in effect for a year. Thankfully, we live in a modern era where something can be deceived with a digital touch. The solution to this issue is virtual concerts. And if you can't attend a concert in person, the digital world can now make these events possible online. Although the essence tends to be different, one of the advantages of virtual concerts is that we can enjoy musicians' performances in real time through digital platforms. However, changing the concept of becoming an online concert is certainly not as easy as we imagine. The biggest problem with holding virtual concerts is how to keep giving an unforgettable experience to audiences who have lots of expectations. While it can treat longing, the experience a virtual concert provides tends to be overpowered by the experience at a live concert. No matter how great the programs and themes are presented, the essence of watching a show is to come directly and mingle with other audiences. Apart from that, an event certainly has prepared the best possible concept, where it does not only want to present the line up artist of its choice, but also sells the atmosphere of the theme built at the event.

On Friday (30/4), one of Mola TV's virtual concerts, titled "MOLA CHILL FESTIVAL," alleviated the homesickness of music concert fans. A party of well-known Indonesian musicians, including the Kelompok Penerbang Roket, Scallers, Fiersa Besari, Reality Club, Diskoria, Coldiac, Ardhito Pramono, Oscar Lolang, Barasuara, Mikha, Danilla, Figura Renata, and others, performed nonstop from 11 a.m. to 22 p.m. Mola TV also welcomed international rapper Kehlani from the United States to stage a spectacular performance to commemorate the Mola Chill Festival. Mola TV also selects hosts who are equally fascinating: Bruno Major, Nadila Ernesta, Intan Aletrino, Eno "Netrall", Bam Mastro, and Aurelie Moeremans.

The idea of the "Mola Chill Festival" is very innovative. This is another virtual concert. Having an intimate session with the hosts at each song shift familiarizes the audience at home with the performers while also expanding our awareness of the music world. The location's setting is depicted on the set as if the musicians were performing in the house's living room. The environment created made the musicians feel more at ease while performing and conversing with the hosts. This event became even more precious with the addition of foreign musicians (Bruno Major) as hosts. The show's premise is also intriguing. Bruno Major seemed to be introduced to Indonesian musicians by the Indonesian hosts. Mola TV demonstrates that Indonesian musicians' work can compete with that of top international musicians. This type of concept helps Indonesian musicians, especially those invited to perform at the "Mola Chill Festival," in becoming even better by providing advice from Bruno Major.

There is no such thing as perfection. When we enjoy the "Mola Chill Festival," we can see that there are always flaws. The rhythm that is being shown is unsettling. After each musician has completed one song, they will sit and converse with the host for 2 to 5 minutes. They will then sing one more song before returning to their seats. As a result, the presented flow is less satisfying.

Working on a virtual concert necessitates a multi-layered approach to achieve the goal of pleasing the audience, with the expectation that there will be no space for error, be it production interruptions or communication problems, at virtual concerts such as the "Mola Chill Festival." The viewer deserves the best audio and visual experience possible. This virtual concert's technological aspects must meet, if not exceed, their standards. The standard course of action for everything to run smoothly is to properly plan everything and recruit professionals who are obsessed with excellence. More virtual concerts with unique concepts, such as the "Mola Chill Festival," are hoped to be added in the future.

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