Indonesia: Down with Maiden & Up the Irons

Artikel ini ditulis oleh sejawat logam berat, Samack, pula telah tayang di Jakartabeat.net sejak beberapa hari silam & bertajuk asli “Jejak Iron Maiden di Indonesia”. Isinya membahas tentang pengaruh, rekam jejak grup legendaris ini di Nusantara plus sisipan wawancara dengan beberapa sosok yang dianggap mahfum lagi memiliki keterkaitan batin kuat dengan Steve Harris & co. Di antaranya, ya, saya.
Agar lebih mudah mengidentifikasi yang mana jawaban dari wawancara terhadap saya, warnanya saya bikin khusus, beda dengan yang lain. Kebetulan juga saya ditempatkan sebagai pihak paling terakhir dalam menjawab pertanyaan, jadi gampang mengenalinya. …So, can you play with madness?

Rockin’ Dreams Do Come True

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Not that long ago, local rock enthusiasts would only have dreamed of having an act like Smashing Pumpkins playing in Indonesia. To go to a Wolfmother gig in Jakarta, back then, you would never have thought possible. But these days, it is possible. And not just for the Pumpkins or Wolfmother, but also Muse, Korn, Avril Lavigne, 311, Placebo, Black Eyed Peas, Bjork, My Chemical Romance, NOFX, Belle & Sebastian, Stereophonics, Dashboard Confessional, too many more to mention, all of whom have played in big cities in Indonesia—mostly in Jakarta.

Indeed, these last few years, showbiz has become a big and upcoming trend. More people seem interested in doing it seriously. Local promoters/event organizers don’t really think twice anymore about bringing big name artists to Indonesia. The last gigantic music event, Java Rockin’Land, was so succesful—some said it attracted 50,0000 plus people. This fact brings even bigger hopes that showbiz has become stronger. It proves that showbiz in Indonesia is alive and kicking. Nowadays, music lovers have more and better options. Not only in Jakarta, but also in Bandung, Bali, and a few other areas in Java and Sumatera. Look at how dynamic the music scene is: October 24th sees Vampire Weekend at Bengkel Night Park and October 27th Hatebreed at Gelora Bung Karno (both in Jakarta), on November 10th Temper Trap will be in Bali’s Hard Rock Cafe before heading to Jakarta and Tokyo Police Club and Raveonettes will both play in Bandung mid November.

So, following all that, have you been dreaming about Iron Maiden coming to Indonesia? Quit dreaming. Bruce Dickinson and friends are coming to Jakarta and Bali in February of 2011. Get ready for the ticket race.

Never Say Die, Jakarta Rock Parade

Tulisan—lebih tepatnya curhat—yang bermaksud menyemangati Jakarta Rock Parade ini sejatinya adalah materi lawas (tayang di Musikator pertama kali pada Juli 2009), walau pamali untuk dibilang usang. Memang, di kala itu belum ada konser rock lokal berskala gigantik. Belum ada yang nekat-berani mati menyelenggarakannya. Dan saya tidak rela jika Jakarta Rock Parade layu sebelum berkembang. Saya memimpikan Indonesia memiliki festival musik rock sekaliber Ozzfest. Syukurnya tidak lama berselang muncul kemudian Java Rockin’Land, yang bukan cuma bermutu tinggi, tapi juga termegah se-Asia Tenggara. Artinya spirit Jakarta Rock Parade menolak dimatikan. Yay.

Ya, artikel ini sengaja tetap saya tampilkan di situs pribadi saya ini demi mendokumentasikan perspektif yang pernah saya tuangkan agar menjadi lebih rapi, tak lagi berceceran tak beraturan, bisa menjadi arsip yang sahih lagi sinambung.

Ian Who?

Foto kiri: Ian Stevenson (kaos putih) saat masih bersama Kaimsasikun

“Curhat” tentang konser akustik mini Ian Stevenson ini sejatinya saya telah buat lalu publikasikan dua tahunan silam. Barangkali tulisan ini terbilang sedikit agak usang di masa sekarang, namun saya masih yakin bahwa belum banyak yang ngeh soal seberapa saktimandragunanya Ian—saya pikir Anda sungguh perlu tahu itu.

Selebihnya, saya sengaja tetap tampilkan artikel ini di situs pribadi saya demi mendokumentasikan perspektif yang pernah saya tuangkan agar menjadi lebih rapi, tak lagi berceceran tak beraturan, bisa menjadi arsip yang sahih lagi sinambung.

Rock-n-Roll Wonderland Named JavaRockin’Land

Yes, the biggest rock festival in South East Asia is back! Last year they brought relatively big names—and attracted almost 50,000 people—such as Mr. Big, Mew, Third Eye Blind, Secondhand Serenade, etc; in 2010 this Gudang Garam-sponsored event will present even bigger calibres: Smashing Pumpkins, Stereophonics, Arkarna, Mutemath, Datarock, Di-rect, etc.

The venue is at Carnaval Beach, Ancol, same as last year. The tickets can already be purchased. The normal price for a day event is Rp 320.000, while the 3-day pass is Rp 760.000. There will also be a camp site which public can rent tents to stay in.

The confirmed schedule for the international bands so far is: Smashing Pumpkins & Datarock on Friday, October 8; Stereophonics, Galaxy 7 and Arkarna on Saturday, October 9; and Mutemath + Di-rect on Sunday, October 10.

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