Domestic Groove: BONGKY MARCEL

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 12th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Bongky Marcel.


What music are you into at the moment?
So many albums, so many bands. Mostly from rock, folk, and reggae genres.

What was the first record you bought? Any interesting story behind it?
Styx album by Styx, back in the 80s. Chosen by my brother. At first I was angry because the guitar sound, strange kind of distortion, it’s annoying. Strangely, after a while I started to like it. Till this very day.

What are your all-time favorite albums? Why?
I like most albums by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. They speak their mind warmly and smoothly, honest, bold and true.

What was the worst record you ever purchased?
Several Indonesian albums. I didn’t get any inspiration out of them.

Who do you want to be, other than yourself, next time you reincarnate?
I wanna be Jim Morrison because I’m the Lizard King hahaha…

What song do you choose to start your weekend?
“Get Up” by Van Halen

And album you choose to end your weekend?
Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Fairytales.

Other than still constantly touring with BIP, Bongky these days has also been busy as musical director for tv commercials and public service advertising. With his other project, Warteg Boyz, he is slowly writing more new material and planning to implement a new strategy for the next album.


*This interview was originally published on The Beat Jakarta #35, March 2011
*Jim Morrison photo courtesy of

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