The Sunday Morning Herald
As he walked across the stage on Saturday night, a tsunami wave hit the shore of Tanjung Lesung beach on the western tip of Java, knocking the stage out from under the band and bringing the concert to a sudden and tragic end.
One crew member, identified by Channel News Asia only by the first name Zack, said he survived by holding on to part of the collapsed stage.
"Underwater, I could only pray 'Jesus Christ, help!'," Zack said of his struggle in the water.
"In the final seconds, I almost ran out of breath."
Indonesian officials postulated that a volcanic eruption caused undersea landslides that generated the massive waves, Stanley Widianto reported for The Washington Post.
Indonesia straddles the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where many of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur because of collisions between tectonic plates.
In December 2004, a tsunami triggered by a 9.3-magnitude undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra killed 168,000 in Indonesia.
That is why Seventeen found itself performing for 200 people Saturday night instead of heading to higher ground.
The Jakarta-based rock band was two songs into their set when the wave struck.
One moment, Fajarsyah was singing on a brightly lighted stage; the next moment, the tsunami wave had swept him out to sea, he told an Indonesian news station.
"I didn't think I could make (it) to the beach line," Fajarsyah said. "I feel I am really in the sea and about to die."