Muhammad Tulus Rusydi

 Muhammad Tulus Rusydi or better known by his mononym Tulus (born August 20, 1987) is an Indonesian singer and songwriter of Minangkabau descent.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Tulus was born in BukittinggiWest SumatraIndonesia.



His debut album, Tulus, was released in 2011. Rolling Stone Indonesia put this album on the top chart of Indonesia's Best Album and awarded for Tulus as Rookie of The Year in 2013.[7] His second album, Gajah, was released in 2013. 88,000 copies were produced and distributed since then, one of the largest CD productions in Indonesia (2014–2015).[8] It was the only music album in the Indonesian language that was listed in The Top 10 Best Selling Music Album in iTunes Asia, two months in a row after it was released.[9] The title of the album was chosen because it was a childhood nickname of Tulus. "Gajah" is also the title of one of the songs on the album. It also includes the songs "Tanggal Merah", "Satu hari di Bulan Juni", "Bumerang", "Gajah" and others. "Sepatu" was re-released with Japanese' version, entitled "Kutsu" (セパトゥ〜くつ〜) which translated by Hiroaki Kato, in iTunes on 10 October 2015.[10]

In 2016, His third studio album Monokrom was officially to released on 3 August, by his own label Tulus Co.[11] It was also released under CD to 100 Indonesian music stores and also released in digital in Malaysia.[12]

Music videos[edit]

The six music videos for both of Tulus' albums were released on his YouTube channel. They are titled "Sewindu", "Baru", "Gajah", and "Jangan Cintai Aku Apa Adanya". Tulus directed the music videos for "Teman Hidup" and "Sepatu". The music video for "Sepatu" was shot in Hamburg, (Germany) and "Baru" was shot in Tokyo, Japan. In 2016, Tulus shot the music video for "Pamit" in Prague, Czech Republic.

Overseas performances[edit]

Tulus has performed six solo concerts, titled Tulus: An Introduction (2011), Tulus: Beyond Sincere (2012), Tulus: Diorama Concert (2013), Tulus: Gajah Concert Bandung (2014), Tulus: Gajah Concert Jakarta (2014), Tulus: Gajah Concert Yogyakarta (2015). He has also performed at Java Jazz, Java Soundsfair, Bali Live Jazz Festival, Soulnation, and at Sounds of Indonesia in Hamburg, Germany.

On October 2014, Tulus performed at the Anugerah Planet Muzik award ceremony Singapore that was broadcast live in Malaysia and Indonesia. Tulus also won the "Best New Male Artist" award.[13]

In May 2015, Tulus represented Indonesia at the Asia Pacific Festival and International Music Conference of Music Matters 2015, held in Singapore. During this festival, Tulus performed twice for the conference attendees. In September 2015, he was invited to perform at Soundsekerta 2015. This event was created by Indonesian students community in Melbourne, Australia. Tulus was invited to perform at the Hamazo 10th Festival in Hamamatsu, Japan in October 2015. That same month, he appeared at Macquarie University Auditorium, Sydney. This event was created by the local Indonesian student community.

The Voice Kids Indonesia[edit]

On 29 April 2016, Tulus joined the coaching panel of The Voice Kids Indonesia with Bebi Romeo and Agnez Mo.[14]


In addition to his albums, Tulus has collaborated on projects for brand activation campaigns. In 2014–15, Tulus acted as a brand ambassador for Bend The Rules International campaign, held by Hewlett-Packard. Tulus released a new theme song in support of this campaign.

Tulus composed a single, entitled "Lekas", which was used on the soundtrack for the Indonesian movie, 3 Nafas Likas (2014). In mid 2015, Tulus created a song with Ran, an Indonesian music group, for that will be used in an ad campaign for Listerine.


Tulus Company is an independent music label company was founded by Tulus together with his brother, Riri Muktamar, in 2010. Tulus Company has two main business divisions: Tulus Management (Tulus Man.) and Tulus Production (Tulus Pro.). Tulus has written songs released in two albums through TulusCompany, an independent record label company that he co-founded with his older brother, Riri Muktamar.[15]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Tulus (2011)
  • Gajah (2014)
  • Monokrom (2016)
  • Manusia (2022)


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
"Teman Hidup"
"Ruang Sendiri"36
"Manusia Kuat"2017
"Tukar Jiwa"
"Langit Abu-Abu"2018
"Labirin"Non-album singles
"Adu Rayu"
(with Yovie Widianto & Glenn Fredly)
"Hati-Hati di Jalan"2022123Manusia


2016–2017The Voice Kids IndonesiaHimself (coach)

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Widianto, Stanley (27 January 2017). "Listen: Seven acts from Java Jazz Festival 2017 you should look out for, in a playlist"Bandwagon Asia. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  2. Jump up to:a b c Kurniawan, Riandy (27 May 2012). "Tulus – 'Beyond Sincere' : The Report"Jazzuality. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Live Review Konser Diorama Tulus" [Live Review Tulus' Diorama Concert]. Rolling Stone Indonesia (in Indonesian). 13 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  4. ^ "CD Review 'Tulus'"Rolling Stone Indonesia (in Indonesian). 4 January 2012. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  5. ^ "At a Glimpse: The world of Tulus"The Jakarta Post. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  6. ^ Safitri, Dewi (18 October 2013). "Menikmati halus mulus vokal Tulus" [Enjoying Tulus' smooth vocals]. BBC Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Editors' Choice 2013: Rookie of the Year: Tulus"Rolling Stone Indonesia (in Indonesian). 14 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  8. ^ Haryanto, Alexander (25 June 2016). "Ketika Indie Lebih Menjanjikan" [When indie is more promising]. (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  9. ^ Binsar Hutapea (27 December 2014). "Album Tulus sempat masuk dalam album terlaris iTune Global". Tabloid Bintang.
  10. ^ Fajar Anjungroso (16 October 2015). "Entering foreign markets, Tulus releasing "Sepatu" of Japanese version in iTunes". Tribun News.
  11. ^ Indra Leonardi (27 July 2016). "Monokrom Tulus' third studio album released on August 4". Music Life.
  12. ^ Andi Muttya Keteng Pangerang (3 August 2016). "Monokrom expression sweetest gratitude from Tulus"Kompas.
  13. ^ Story of Tulus receiving one award. Retrieved 13 November 2014
  14. ^ "AgnezMo, Beby Romeo & Tulus Jadi Juri The Voice Kids" (in Indonesian). Okezone. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  15. ^ Permatasari, Novita (6 January 2017). "Tulus, Pria Introvert yang Mencintai Musik" [Tulus, an introverted man who loves music]. Femina (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Billboard Indonesia Top 100 - Billboard Indonesia"Billboard Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Tulus Chart History: Billboard Global 200"Billboard. Retrieved 22 March 2022.

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