Domestic Groove: APRILIA APSARI

DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb’s Chosen Seven is my biweekly column in The Beat (Jakarta) mag. Basically it’s an interview via e-mail which focuses on small, intimate, domestic stuff; what Indonesia’s public figures are really into, musically speaking.

For the 13th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Aprilia Apsari.

Singer, Visual Artist, Bicyclist

What music are you into at the moment?
Anything seems right at the moment, nothing in particular. I can listen to The Chiffons in the morning, M.I.A. or Bomfunk MC’s while riding my bicycle or even Chrisye’s early stuff. But lately I’m very much into the Detroit sound—that classic Motown funk or old school hip hop all over again.

What was the first record you bought—any interesting story behind it?
The first record I bought was an album of MC Skat Kat The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob. I bought it because of the album cover which had this bunch of cartoon characters I saw in Paula Abdul’s “Opposite Attract” music video. At first I didn’t care what it sounded like, and then after few weeks I kinda liked it, although at that time for me nothing sound more greater than The New Kids On The Block, you know… an elementary girl and NKOTB, no need for a further explanation!

What are your all-time favorite albums? Why?
The Original 1977 Movie Sound Track of Badai Pasti Berlalu. I can say I’m a Big fan of this movie. I love Christine Hakim’s performance, the pretty boys Roy Marten and Slamet Rahardjo, the fashion, the setting and the music of course, seems like everything is just right. On this album, the arrangement and the lyrics are so well written, I think this is the best collaboration of Yockie Suryoprayogo, Chrisye, Erros Jarot and Guruh Soekarno Putra.

The second is Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection. The collection features selections from the group between 1969 and 1975. This always makes me sing along and makes me wanna wear my dancing shoes.

What was the worst record you ever purchased?
C.M.B. by Color Me Badd—so much for those foolish elementary school memories! My friends and I were seeking another boy band that can suited us other than NKOTB… but it surely failed…

Who do you want to be, other than yourself, next time you reincarnate?
A Chef ! Putting something delightful onto a plate and making people happy eating is my other obsession.

What songs do you choose to start your weekend?
Something upbeat. Maybe with top of the lungs vocal Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”, or something calm but groovy like Soulhawks’ “Maybe So, Maybe No” (but I like the Mayer Hawthorne version which is sexier). Or even lots of tribal percussion beat like “Sunshowers” by M.I.A while I’m rolling my deodorant. …You can imagine I do a lil’ dance.

And song you choose to end your weekend?
Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Take Five”

After White Shoes & The Couples Company releasing Vakansi, Sari has been occupied cruising from one stage to another to promote the album.

Besides playing music, Sari is also busy blogging about her passion for art & bicycles. With one of her friend she’s about to start introducing a bicycle clothing line.


*This interview was originally published on The Beat Jakarta #36, April 2011
*Photo credit: Aditya Fachrizal Hafiz, White Shoes & The Couples Company


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