Domestic Groove: MARCELL SIAHAAN

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 tenth edition I went upclose-and-personal with Marcell Siahaan.

Singer, Drummer

What music are you into at the moment?
BIP new album, Berangkat.

What was the first record you bought—any interesting story about it?
Metal Church (self-titled). It was back in the early 1980’s and I was cheated by my eldest brother to buy that record at Aquarius Bandung. He ‘influenced’ me to use my money (even though we’d been given the same amount of money by our parents) rather than his to buy the record he actually liked. As a naïve little brother I tried to impress him and proudly bought that record with my own money but then it was taken ‘slowly’ by my brother. A couple of years later I knew that I was cheated. But, it was a good record. It contains a cover of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”.

What are your all-time favorite albums?
Maxwell’s MTV Unplugged, Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger, Metallica’s …And Justice For All, Aerosmith’s Permanent Vacation, Korn’s Life is Peachy, Phil Collins’ …But Seriously, all Seal’s albums.

What was the worst record you ever purchased?
Metallica’s St. Anger.

Who do you want to be, other than yourself, next time you reincarnate?
Next time I want to be a member of the Rockefeller dynasty that owns the World Bank.

What songs do you choose to start your weekend?
The song titled “No Excuses” by Alice in Chains and “Miss You in a Heartbeat” by Def Leppard.

And songs you choose to end your weekend?
The song titled “Old Friends” by Everything But The Girl and “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” by Alicia Keys.

Recently Marcell has been focusing on three things: being in the studio working on his upcoming solo album, following up the recording project with Konspirasi, and spending his spare time by learning martial art Wing Chun.


*This interview was originally published on The Beat (Jakarta) #31, January 2011

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