Those dreams got put on hold when he had to go to Germany to study architecture. He first had to improve his German proficiency to be admitted at the university. During his time in Germany, Sandhy “changed” his last name from “Soendhoro” (new spelling : Sundhoro) to “Sondoro”, because many people had difficulties in pronouncing it. He also explained that Sondoro means “The Sound of Gold” in Latin. On his birth certificate and other official documents, his last name remains as “Soendhoro”.
Sandhy Sondoro’s music is influenced by American and British rock legends like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. The power of his voice reminds us of Curtis Mayfield, Bobby at he is sometimes called the Ben Harper of Jakarta.
In Germany, Sandhy joined a band in his campus where they mostly did covers of Van Halen, Mr. Big or The Black Crowes, but they rarely appeared on the public stage. Later, he decided to find a job as he lived alone and needed to earn some income. He then got a job in a grocery store, but the passion and dreams for singing and playing the guitar was stronger than the drive to work in an office. On his bicycle back to his apartment, he saw a busker on the street and asked if he could join him.
The busker agreed, so Sandhy borrowed his friend’s guitar and started playing on the streets of Biberach an der Riss. They got 50 deutschemarks in an hour and shared the money.
They played three times a week before he decided to do it alone. He’ll do anything to get people’s attention to notice his music, said the big fan of Ray Charles.