Domestic Groove: LANI LEYLI

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 sixth edition I went upclose-and-personal with Lani Leyli.

Singer, TV Presenter

What music are you into at the moment?
You Me At Six, Pretty Reckless, Cute Is What We Aim For, Paramore

What was the first record you bought—any interesting story about it?
Ah… The first one I bought may have been Rage Against The Machine. I was in junior high school and my brother told me it was a “have to have” album, but I forget which one haha.

What are your all-time favorite albums?
Depends what mood I’m in, actually. Maybe the first Slipknot CD (after they joined a major label) if I’m in the right crazy mood. But if I’m mellowing out maybe Cog’s The New Normal—good ol’ Aussie band!!

What was the worst record you ever purchased?
I have no idea! At the time that I bought the album I would have loved it no matter what it was! I go through stages of loving music, depending on who’s around me and what state of mind I’m in, so I’m sure there are plenty of albums that now I look back on and wonder why I bought it. But I can’t say there’s any “worst record” because I know at one point or another I loved or will love it.

Who do you want to be, other than yourself, next time you reincarnate?
Maybe a butterfly, a short life but it seems like it would be a fun one. One reason being that it gets to change through three completely different stages of life.

What music do you choose to start your weekend?
Wow, that’s a really hard question! Definitely something fun and upbeat: Paramore, Pretty Reckless, AC/DC, Wolfmother. Anything goes!

And music you choose to end your weekend?
Mellow out music—gotta get prepared for monday morning again: Xavier Rudd, Newtown Faulkner, Cute Is What We Aim For.

Lately Lani has been shooting “Belajar Indonesia” (Trans TV), once or twice a month. This week she’s shooting two special episodes in Yogya to help raise awareness for the people who are having a hard time with the Merapi’s disaster.

Lani also regularly plays with her band, Icon, in cafes around Jakarta, and is currently working on her own songs, hoping to get them all done and get the album out soon.


*This interview was originally published on The Beat Jakarta #26, November 2010

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