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.

Bottle Smoker: Bright Lights, Big Cities Tour

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Going on a tour overseas, especially Asia Pacific region, has become very much a business-as-usual thing for Indonesian musicians. Not only for big name bands, but also independent acts like this electronica group from Bandung called Bottlesmoker.

Angkuy and Nobie began their career in 2005, and will start their journey on February 26, finishing up on March 16. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is going to be the first stop, and then continuing to Gadong, Kuala Belait & Bandar Seri Bagawan (Brunei Darussalam), Shanghai & Beijing (China), Wan Chai (Hongkong), with the last gig in Medan.

Actually, this is the fourth tour outside of Indonesia for Bottlesmoker. On the first one they performed in Malaysia in 2009, and then the Philippines in 2010, Malaysia again in 2010, and this year to several countries for their biggest tour ever.

Stay informed about the tour by regularly visiting http://bottlesmoker.tumblr.com and listen to their unique bedroom music songs via http://www.myspace.com/bottlesmoker

Jeruji: Menolak Mati, Menohok dengan Warlock

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After six year without releasing an album, the hardcore veterans Jeruji are finally back with their newest creation, Warlock. Consisting of 13 songs, this Bandung outfit still as heavy and non-compromise as ever: aggressive, in your face, anti war, so strongly against injustice.

In this latest work, Themfuck (vocal, mastermind), is supported by Sani (drums), Aleandre (guitar) and Pengex (bass). The addition of Aleandre (also a member of Full Of Hate) and Pengex (still official personnel of Take A Stand), make Jeruji even more solid and colorful, with a more New York/old school hardcore feel.

If you are into heavy protest music, this charismatic and very respected band from Bandung will be right up your street. Stay connected with them and join their Facebook page (search: Jeruji). Or simply turn on your radio.

Domestic Groove: AYU LAKSMI

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 11th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Ayu Laksmi.

Hard Rock Calling: Global Battle of the Bands

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In celebration of the Hard Rock brand’s 40th anniversary, Hard Rock is launching its first global Hard Rock Battle of the Bands, giving the rock stars of tomorrow the opportunity of a lifetime.

Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta and Bali is on the hunt for the area’s best talent to perform in the first round of the battle, where bands will compete live and be evaluated by a panel of local celebrity judges, music industry icons and area music professionals. Regional winners will be given a spot on the bill at Hard Rock Calling 2011, June 2426 in London’s Hyde Park.

To join the competition bands must play original music, must be at least 18 years of age and must have 2 to 5 members. Bands may only participate and submit their entry at one of Hard Rock Cafe location, either Jakarta or Bali.

For further details visit www.hardrockbattleofthebands.com

Indonesia Menurut Morfem

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After over a year established and already at cult-like status, Morfem have finally released their debut album, Indonesia. It contains seven songs, five of which are in full band format, the rest in acoustic. “Pilih Sidang atau Berdamai” has been picked as the first single.

In this self-produced album, Jimi Multhazam (vocals, band leader), Pandu Fathoni (guitar), Bramasta J. Sasongko (bass), & Freddie Warnerin (drums), also supply two songs with English lyrics, both written before Jimi even founded Morfem, when his songwriting was different from today.

Speaking of genre, they’re still loyal to what they’ve always been doing: a mix-match between punk rock, pop with a folky tendency, with a dash of Pandu Fathoni’s fuzzy, roaring guitar.

To raise public awareness, very soon Jimi (supported by Henry, his long time visual art partner) will work on the videoclip of “Pilih Sidang atau Berdamai”. So, stick around and stay updated by regularly visiting the Morfem website at http://morfem.tumblr.com.

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.

Jakarta 2011: Sentra Konser Musik Asia

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In the context of international entertainment, last year brought a lot of hope to Jakarta. So many overseas musicians were involved (Java Jazz 2010 itself brought 430 musicians alone). The calibre of the festivals became much bigger (Java Rockin’Land was considered to be the largest rock event in South East Asia). More and more world famous bands came and played (311, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins, to name a few).

How about 2011? It gets even more huge. The early of this new year N.E.R.D. will play in Istora Senayan. A bit after that Ne-Yo also perform at the same venue. In February there’ll be Deftones, Iron Maiden and New Found Glory. In March Stone Temple Pilots. In April Jimmy Eat World & Maroon 5. From this list the general public can be optimistic that the music show in Indonesia will be even more dynamic. We won’t be too surprised if Jakarta or Indonesia could reach at least “Asia’s Rock Mecca” status in 2011…

Domestic Groove: DEWIQ

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 ninth edition I went upclose-and-personal with Dewiq.

Domestic Groove: BOBBY KOOL

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 ninth edition I went upclose-and-personal with Bobby Kool.

Deklarasi Cupumanik: Grunge Harga Mati

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Cupumanik are back. These Bandung’s grunge veteran just released their newest single with a video clip, “Grunge Harga Mati” a few days ago. This song is their first ever single after quitting from a major label. It’s also their significant step to fully apply a kind of Do-It-Yourself ethos. Che, the frontman, said that starting December 2010 they will release one song every two months and give it away a.k.a. free of charge. Another six songs are ready to be distributed thru next year.

The single “Grunge Harga Mati” is like a declaration that Cupumanik is identical to grunge, Cupumanik is grunge itself. They have always been tagged as a grunge band by the public, and it naturally has become their flesh and blood so this time they formally declared it. Regarding the video clip, it basically talks about the transformation that happened with Cupumanik, from major label to an indie band. It is expressed in the clip via the change in their fashion statement.

Check out their newest single & video clip in YouTube. Keep updated with them via www.cupumanikband.com

Domestic Groove: MIAN TIARA

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 eighth edition I went upclose-and-personal with Mian Tiara.

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