Domestic Groove: MIRA LESMANA

DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb’s Chosen Nine 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.

For the 27th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Mira Lesmana.

The Experience Brothers: Killer Eye Contact

The city of Bekasi has never been much known for its musical talent, that is, with the possible exception of The Experience Brothers. The rocking’ duo are currently playing to packed audiences all over the place, not to mention having a new album out there.

After forming as a trio in 2001 and recording their first album in 2008 called Summer of Love, they decided to change the lineup to a duo, featuring Ibrahim Saladdin as the lead vocalist and guitarist, and Daud Sarassin in charge of drums and backing vocal. In 2011 they finally released their new album, Eye Contact, with the track “She’s Alright” as their first single. They call their mix of Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin and raw today’s music as “modern psychedelic rock blues”.

If you’re still not convinced, check them out first on MySpace and join their Facebook page, or try to catch one of their frequent live gigs around town.

Domestic Groove: EKA ROCK

DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb’s Chosen Nine 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.

For the 26th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Eka Rock.

Jemima: Orgasmic & Chic

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Here comes another soulful, amazing, honey-voiced chanteuse on the Indonesian music scene: ladies and gentlemen, we give you Jemima. With a mix of Malaysian, Japanese, Javanese, and Chinese blood, this multi-colored beauty has just released her self-titled debut album, Jemima.

Released by demajors Independent Music Industry, her first ever track “Musik Sepi” was a protest song about the music situation in Indonesia. The song itself was based on her view about the current music scene that she saw right after she just got back from the US, having studied music production at Berklee College of Music.

In this sensual soul-oriented album Jemima is not only the singer, she’s also the producer, writer, arranger, even plays keyboard. Her friends, Fajar Adi Nugroho, Torank Ambarita, and Aditya Wibowo, support her for the rest of the album, taking care of the bass, guitar and drum department.

Check out her MySpace page by typing “djemima” or simply grab a copy of her her album from any good record shops, or by contacting demajors directly.

Domestic Groove: JANET DENEEFE

DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb’s Chosen Nine 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.

For the 25th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Janet DeNeefe.

Sunshine on Amanda and Friends

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This project has received a load of hype on Indonesian music scene after one of their song, “Sunshine” (featuring Sashi), was chosen to be part of the soundtrack of a local box-office movie, Catatan Harian Si Boy. Almost at the same time, the other single, “Conversation” (featuring Imela Kei and Rayen), became a radio favorite when it hit the music charts.

This coming October Amanda and Friends are scheduled to release their debut album temporarily titled The Journey Called A. While waiting for the album to be released, go check reverberation and YouTube, type in “Amanda and Friends” to check out some of their music.

Domestic Groove: STEVIE ITEM

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 24th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Stevie Item.

A Whole New World of Raisa

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YouTube has worked its magic again. This time the digital miracle happened to Raisa. An upload of her acoustic performance of “Serba Salah” with her back-up band in late 2010 met with a quick and very positive response from the public. By early 2011, more than a hundred thousand people had already viewed her video. Thinking that this was her time to pursue her dream, the former back-up singer for RAN decided to step forward. Several weeks ago, she finally released her much-anticipated debut album, Raisa.

Produced by Asta (RAN) and Handy + Rio (Soulvibe), and released by Universal Music Indonesia, the album consists of 9 songs by the 21-year-old lady, with mostl moving in the direction of pop with a touch of R&B. It seems she is not far behind her idols, such as India Arie, Brian McKnight, Steve Wonder, Joss Stone, Alicia Keys, etc. Her music “career”, which started when she was three years old, singing “A Whole New World” has now become a serious business.

In case you haven’t seen it, go check out her much-talked video, by going on to YouTube, typing “Serba Salah”, and witnessing it yourself. If you like it, that’s the only beginning.

Domestic Groove: CHE CUPUMANIK

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 23rd edition I went upclose-and-personal with Che Cupumanik.

Sir Dandy: Satria Bengal Bergitar

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The frontman of loud, noisy, anarchistic band Teenage Death Star, Sir Dandy Harrington, has made another brave move, publishing a solo album called Lesson # 1. What makes this so brave is the fact that Sir Dandy has known to play guitar for only three years.

Sir Dandy has said that the creation of the album, which was released through Organic Records and produced by Widi Puradiredja, was like passing a national exam after three years of study.

Offering “Jakarta Motor City” as his first formal single, on the heels of the free-for-download “Juara Dunia”, all the compositions on Lesson #1 are folk-based. The lyrics are blunt, spontaneous, in-your-face, funny, urban, simple, light, and a bit nihilistic. Sir Dandy is not worried about his singing. He says that even his voice is sometimes discordant, at least he’s brutally honest and original.

For further online info about Sir Dandy go check www.theone-management.com

Superglad: Rock Testoteron, Cinta dan Nafsu

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With too much monkey business in their heads, Superglad released their fifth album, Cinta dan Nafsu. Over eleven songs, this Jakartan quartet follow the path of their overflowing libidos. The lyrics of songs like ” Enny Arrow”, “Mas Tur dan Mba Sri”, “Sofa Merah Percintaan”, are pure testoterone-drive rock.

After the group released a free-download teaser single “Rajah Sayap Malaikat” in May, anticipation was high for the album, which was formally brought out on June 25, 2011. The first 1000 copies sold out during their solo concert on the first day of release.

The new composition from the band, founded in 2003, sees them changing paths from pop-punk to a more metal sound. According to Giox, the bass player, they looked to the Misfits, Bad Religion and Smoking Popes as musical guides on this one. The group refuses to follow what the market wants, focusing instead on what’s important to them: freedom, more speed, and more sex.

Devildice: Hulubalang Mawar Hitam

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Devildice, a group of musicians from Bali masterminded by JRX, the drummer of Superman Is Dead, have come back with their second album. While the first album, In the Arms of the Angels (2004), was self-produced, this latest one, Army of the Black Rose (June 2011), was put together through Sony Music Indonesia.

Over 11 songs, JRX, the main song writer, talks mostly about nihilism, life and love, pain and rain. They also invite some guest stars to participate. Sari Nymphea performs a duet with JRX on the Johnny Cash-June Carter inspired song, “Diamonds are Forever”, backed up by Leo and Kappe Sinatra on guitar and contrabass. Hendra Fish (Telephone) also plays guitar on “Palace of My Own Disgrace”.

Familiarize yourself with this rock-n-roll punk quintet by checking them out first on their MySpace and Facebook page. Dig their old gangster movie and kustom kulture image and go ahead and buy the album!

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