Arif Dharma was born in Jakarta, 9 September 1974. Dharma was not born in an artistic family. His father was an Ophthalmologist, and his mom was a Sociologist. But his passion for music carried him throughout a journey that has shaped Dharma into the artist he is today. Learned vocal and music with several well known names in Indonesia, like Aning Katamsi, Ireng Maulana, Avip Priyatna and lastly the late Elfa Secioria, an Indonesian music legend.
He has established sever musical groups, namely MT Voices, ASCIIpella, LeMONADE Vocal Jazz A Cappella, inteRlude, and inteRvallo Show Choir. He also joined Elfa's Jazz & Pop Singers under Elfa Secioria's direction, and with them, Dharma participated in winning Grand Championships in Xiamen, China and Graz, Austria.
Dharma successfully made a concert in March 2008, entitled "Broadway! A TIme Capsule by Arif Dharma" and was cast in one of the first commercial Indonesian musical, "ONROP! Musikal" under Joko Anwar's direction.