My name is Ant Utama, a singer-songwriter from New Zealand, now based in Germany. Back home I worked a 9-5 job in Marketing, in my comfort zone with the security of a steady income. I used to see music as an unattainable dream, but 18 months ago, against the wishes of my parents, I packed up what courage I could fit in a backpack and headed to Germany to follow my heart. 

I found myself living by busking the streets of Cologne and from interactions with friendly passerby’s I realised I wasn’t the only one going through a transformative journey. So many people are hustling. To change career paths, start new businesses or simply do what makes them happy. Almost all of the time, they were up against the criticism of family, friends and society as a whole. 

Armed with my new experiences and encounters, I found my purpose as an artist. It was to inspire and encourage people to be brave and pursue their dreams and aspirations, through my music. To help those who are already well on their way continue their momentum, and to give others that little push they need to take the leap. That is my mission. 

My fourth single, Your New Home was released on 15 March, a tribute song for the Terror attack in New Zealand one year ago.

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The Greatest Gift an Artist Can Receive  

1 July 2020

Last week, somebody gave me the greatest gift an artist could ever receive. 

On the 15 March 2019, (which seems like a long time ago given what the world has experienced since), my home country, New Zealand was rocked by a terrorist attack which killed 51 people and injured dozens more. It was the act of a white supremacist against Muslims during their weekly prayer. 

On 15 March 2020, on the one year anniversary, I released a song called ‘Your New Home’, a tribute to the victims of that day…

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Mexico... Part 2 

26 June 2020 (2 years after Part 1)

We woke up early in the morning and booked a ticket back to San Jose del Pacifico. We had butterflies in our stomachs - we were actually doing this, adopting a street dog from Mexico and taking it on the rest of our travels to ultimately end up back in Germany! After the 3 hour ride, we were back in town. The plan was to find her, scoop her up and hop straight back into a van back to the city to pay the vet a visit. We walked up and down the main street. When we did this…

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Mexico… Part 1 

13 December 2018

God I’m bad at writing blogs… Where were we? Oh yes, South America. Four months of it and four months of being rather underwhelmed. But that was about to change.

On 2 June 2018, we flew from Bogota to Cancun. It was a bit of a shock to the system to see all the development of Hotel Resorts as in South America we hadn’t encountered this much. However we were backpackers on a longer trip so to the budget hostels we went! Immediately though, everything was cheap, the food was delicious and the…

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Going South… 

23 September 2018

First of all, I’ll address the elephant in the room. It’s been 8 months since my last post… I know, I know. So much for being accountable.

After 8 months, you can imagine I have a lot to say, but I’ll try to keep it as concise as possible. This post is about our time in South America where we spent our first 4 months.

South America. Unfortunately I’m going to have to be downer and say right of the bat, we found it underwhelming. We can partly blame ourselves for being ignorant and not…

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Folk Tales 

25 February 2018

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I grew up quite conservatively. I was never really one for taking big risks, it was just the way I was raised. Study hard, get a degree, a stable job in a good company with a decent salary and work your way up. It’s what Dad did and it’s always what I thought would be the natural path for me.

At age 15 I started singing and fell in love with it. I felt like it defined me and of course wanted to do it for a living. However, even though I knew I was good…

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Help A Brother Out

As a full time musician, I rely solely on earnings made via busking and gigs. These are reinvested into silly things such as running websites, blog sites, musical instruments, sound equipment, production of new tracks, studio time and feeding my recently adopted Mexican street dog, Daisy... I know... How dare I!?

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Ant