Haris “Zeke” Khaseli is a film-school graduate (in 2004) who is pursuing a slightly different career path as film composer. His first big break came when he joined the cult Indonesian classic, Joko Anwar’s, Dead Time: Kala (2007). His next film, Fiksi (2008) directed by Mouly Surya, came as an even bigger break and won him a Piala Citra (the Indonesian version of the Oscars) for best composer in 2008. He formed a film composing team as Watson & Watson with Yudhi Arfani for his ensuing projects including but not limited to: The Mo Brother’s “Macabre/ Rumah Dara (2009)” and Mouly Surya’s second feature “What They Don’t Talk About when They Talk about Love” (2013). Haris’ very last project is a short called “Pria” directed by Yudho Aditya.
According to Haris, working on “Pria”: It’s one of the special rare case where I learn an invaluable lesson on restraining the use of scores in film. Yudho, Yudhi and I came to an agreement that in adding scores we have to be faithful to the film. Meaning that the score is only good as long as the music was efficient in effecting the intended mood of the scenes.