LA Lights Java Soulnation Festival 2012 : Day 2 Report

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If you ran out of fingers to count the list of performances on day one, well you’ll probably need heaps more to be able to add it up with day two and three because the following days of LA Lights Java Soulnation Festival 2012 were lined up with many more names from the music industry. If nursery rhymes even taught you how to sing and rap “One two buckle your shoe, three four knock on the door” well, we’d say “One two buckle your shoe because we are back with reports from Day Two with a whole lot more!”

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On this sunny evening, we had Aldisyah Marandry Latuihamallo, also known as Aldisyah who had recently released his first solo album “Kacamata“. Previously he had also participated in Jazz Goes to Campus’ 2007 album compilation and now he’s drifting into a larger world having inspiration coming from famous names such as Yoppie Latul and even his cousin, Glenn Fredly. What’s unique about his songs are that it is based on pop yet wrapped up with a seasoning of jazz and R&B.

[flickr id=”8035351179″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] Stereocase, a band from Jakarta bringing up rock and funk with a touch of pop. These four young men, Fadli Rezasyah (Vocals), Rifqi ‘iQif’ Fuad (Drums), Richard V. Emanuel (Guitar), Doni Garna (Bass) have been on many stages including Java Jazz Festival and Java Rockin’Land. They have also achieved Best New Comer for ICEMA (Indonesia Cutting Edge Music Awards) 2010. This year they did a collaboration on Java Soulnation’s stage with Damez Nababan who is known for his sexy saxophone scenes , Sara Salim or also known as Sara Un Soiree (her band) which has her own vibes and vocals and yes, Bayu Risa. Though having his own separate performance later after midnight, he took away both sessions of his collaboration and his afterwards performance highlighting the electro pop in his music. For those who loved Bayu Risa‘s songs, check out his first album “Rise and Start Again” and newest album “Desire“. As he states “There’s a little bit of pop, mowtown, rnb, soul and a touch of rock, but it is presented more in a sense of electro” . And for all that, Java Soulnation is the place where all those differences are able to be sent to the audience where they can enjoy and have a good time. What a delightful surprise to see him in action with set of DJs.

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At the same time, on separate stages, Dewi Sandra, Ron and Wizzow Batik Tribe had their own screaming and enthusiastic audiences. The multi-talented diva, Dewi Sandra amazed the crowd with her energizing stage act and choreography from songs such as “Wanita”, “Tak Ingin Lagi”, “Kapan Lagi”, “Mati Rasa”, “Buktikan” which she brought along with Mike Mohede and other superstars’ hits like  Janet Jackson’s “Gone Till It’s Gone” and Justin Timberlake’s “Senorita”. She previously performed at the Urban Jazz Crossover in 2010 which was absolutely stunning! And this time, she did it again on the LA Lights Main Stage.

[flickr id=”8035448344″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] As for RON, they successfully combined Reggae and Neo Soul into a piece of art that was just too good. Reflecting their music from names such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday. Al Green, Boonie Mayfield and many more, they really worked on making a mixture that was out of the box and earned double thumbs up. This crossover in music is one of the cross cultural essences of combining different sections in music that is able to be heard by others. Not on an everyday basis do we get to hear fresh beats of reggae and soul, and here, at Java Soulnation we had the chance from RON. Wizzow Batik Tribe and Arcade Playmate feat Rully Annash (Brandals) were also on Java Soulnation 2011’s stage. Wisnu Prastowo a.k.a Wizzow as the frontman of Batik Tribe, all served a hip hop scene on stage keeping the crowd moving with the music. Rencoko Ediarto, Tosynth and Della Darla Suhael also blew away the croed with their amazing performance as Arcade Playmate. Hendra Jaya Putra (Programmer and Producer), Eky Darmawan (Vocals and Guitar), Bueno Jurnalis (Bass), Sidik Kurnia (Guitar) and Sani Harjasyah (Drums) of Rock n Roll Mafia provided their dose of electronic, micro, intelligence dance music and avant pop for the crowds of the Wonderful Indonesia Stage. They performed “Never Give Up” and then appeared Maliq n d’essentials singing together ” Palpitate”, “Velvet Morning Air” and also their hit “Zsa Zsa Zsu”.

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[flickr id=”8035606102″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] Coming across the other continent, Dutch Band from Amsterdam featuring members, Jesse and Kay Nambiar (Guitars), Xander Vrienten (bass), Georgy Patrick (Drums) and Jelte Tuinstra (Keys) form the independent pop act, Valerius. Last year they had a blast by having more and more crowds as the day went by, due to this fact they came back again this year for another bite. Having their own fan base in Indonesia (Valeriens) proves how big music can go and even soar across continents. No matter where you’re from, it’s the music that counts.

Indonesia’s rising star, Tulus, yes as sincere as his name. His soul and passion towards music was delivered in his characteristic ways of his beautiful voice. After success of his Beyond Sincere Concert previously this May at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/tulus-beyond-sincere-the-report/ and also roaming around many local and soon international stages, he came on the Wonderful Indonesia Stage with numbers from his amazingly successful selftitled debut album. His ability to improvise songs is why it is never the same performance from Tulus and why it is always something worth waiting for because it is always something different and beyond what you expect.

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In front of many audience Tulus sang “Diorama” as the first treat before he continued on with “Satu Yang Tak Bisa Lepas”, originally sang by Reza Artamevia, whom he called one of his favourite. Then he brought other of his songs such as “Tuan Nona Kesepian”, “Kisah Sebentar” and of course, his bombing first single “Sewindu”.  As usual, Tulus was supported with Topan Abimanyu (guitar), Yonathan Godjali and Ferry Nurhayat (keys), Shindu Banyusekti (bass) and two backing vocals: Lukman Hakim and Lia Amalia. Uniquely enough, he also sang Macy Gray‘s song “I Try” in his own version. Previous appearances in Java Jazz Festival http://jazzuality.com/java-jazz-2012/java-jazz-festival-2012-dira-sugandi-with-ricky-lionardi-jazz-orchestra-frank-mccomb-tulus-jemima-fanny-kuncoro-organ-quartet-and-sandy-winarta-quartet/ and The New Touch of David Manuhutu http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/the-new-touch-of-david-manuhutu-the-report/ are a few of his chains of experiences including this year’s Java Soulnation.

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For day two’s special show of Java Soulnation 2012 was as Bono says “The best pop group in the world”, Scissor Sisters on the Main Stage. So who are the people behind this New York electric dance pop rock group? There’s Jake Shears (Vocals), Ana Matronic (Vocals), Del Marquis (Guitar/Bassist) and Scott ‘Babydaddy’ Hoffman (Multi Instrumentalist) and Randy Real (Drummer). They have collaborated with artists such as Kylie Minogue and Elton John and have become recognized for their live and energetic performance. They even delivered Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” which was turned into a unique version of their own.

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[flickr id=”8036474394″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] Other international names tonight were Hercules and Love Affair (also on day one), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and TEED (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs). For those who were still listening to their walkmans and switching channels to music charts in the 90’s, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony would be one of many names that were out and about those days. This hip hop band from Cleveland, Ohio with members Layzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone and Wish Bone took away the stage with their all time singles such as “Crossroads” and “Family Tree”, “Days of Our Lives” and taking them back to memory lane. They even created a dance scene on stage by calling a few ladies to dance to the songs including, surprsingly, the current well-known “Oppa Gangnam” Style!  They also paid tribute to the late Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.IG and Eazy-E through the songs they delivered this night and also sung their song that featuring Akon in it, “I Tried”. We also had the chance to do an exclusive short interview with them so stay tuned for the review. Overall, it was all about the harmony and party-like of having fun. Some might think that TEED (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) consist of many members. Well, nope! The man behind this all is Orlando Higginbottom, making music under the electronic pop, house and dance scene.

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[flickr id=”8036473210″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] After eight performances on the Tebs Stage and Juice Maverick Stage were Easy Tiger, Parisude, Massive Kontrol, Midnight Runners and Bubugiri, all coming from different genres. Easy Tiger consisiting of three youngsters, Adi Saptadi (Guitar and Vocal), Erick Sebastian (Bass), Armand Azhar (Lead Guitar) and Aldy Abuthan (Drum) delivered their pop rock yet easy listening songs. While Parisude went on with their distinctive sounds of electronic with touches of ethnicity elements with Yudhistira Mirza as the composer and Amanda Chitarra for the vocals mesmerized the crowd into deep electronice vibes and dreamy vocals. From the dubstep region of music was Massive Kontrol  with a fresh duo, Jevin Julian [flickr id=”8036469351″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] and Mohammad Iqbal. They lit up the stage with their own creations of dub step music and arrangements allowing the night to end with an incredible music insight on stage. “Be massive and keep controlled” as they say and yes, they surely controlled the massive crowd of Java Soulnation just like they did back in Java Soulnation 2011. Previously, Indra Lesmana also created his new single using the concept of dub step by using iPad entitled “Two Steps at a Time” http://jazzuality.com/jazz-news/indra-lesmana-jazz-dubstep-new-single-two-steps-at-a-time-ipad-way-of-composing/ which was actually very unique concerning his base music for jazz was blended into this genre. For 80’s Boogie lovers there was Yordan Admiral and Harry Septiandry together as Midnight Runners getting the crowd to dance and sway with the music, it felt as if we were on the dance floor. Such a good time!

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And from Bubugiri, an acoustic dynamic duo consisting of vocals from Bubu and guitar melodies from Setiagiri Agung (Giri) completed the stage with their jazz pop performance. They have performed in other large events such as Java Jazz Festival and Jazz Goes to Campus creating a new spark in the jazz industry. Bubu is the vocalist of Contra Indigo and Giri, the guitarist from the band Stonation, both blending together with a blues essence in vocals and groovy melodic guitar under the jazz acoustic sphere. While they gave the interactive and fun act during the show, they let out their jazzy sides in music yet always creating a new essence to their style of performance also in “Just the Two of Us”. But what was very special about Bubugiri’s performance in this Soulnation was that they created their music live on stage by mixing parts of speech, vocals and beat box creating the rhythm. Bubu beatboxed while Giri did a few rap sessions here and there in a few songs. A tribute or their manager that passed away a month ago was sent in Jill Scott’s “He Loves Me”. Giri also beatboxed in The Killer’s “Mr. Brightside” and a special appearance from Billy BdaBX beat boxing his way with a part from Bali’s traditional song “Janger” and together with Indra Tauna (Trumpets) and Alfred (Bass) they went on with a pop-jazz original track from Bubugiri. Their last part of the performance was their highlight of the night which was a Michael Jackson Medley of “One Day in Your Life” continued with waving arms from the crowd with “Heal the World”, “Billy Jean” and closed with a superb improvisation of Black and White”.

As Plato says “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” Well we could say that Java Soulnation gives the chance for the music to be spread to let the universe know, for it to let it flow in our minds and for us to expand our imaginations and letting us know that music can be delivered in any way, any collaboration with any genre, for us music enjoyers to listen to. Awesome indeed! We still have one day to go so keep an eye out tomorrow for our reports on Day Three still with us!

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Reporter: Khairiyah Sartika Syofian, Riandy Kurniawan, Daniel Irawan, Bintang Steffy Tania, Fardhani Ramadhana, Vierna Mariska
Photographer: Omar Arif Maulana, I Putu Surya KB, Dwi Ratri Utomo

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