Many people said they were really impressed with LALA‘s sweet performance at Java Jazz Festival 2009. I heard it everywhere around the venue, even when I was busy reporting in the media room, I still heard people mentioning her. Who could blame them? This pretty girl with lovely voice and delightful touch of guitar wow-ed the audience in both performances she had.
Lala Kartodirdjo, the full name of LALA is a remarkable pop rock artist that has a very promising career ahead. As half Indonesian (dad) and half Philippines (mom) that she is, she’s successfully bridging her career from Indonesia to Philippines. standing in between these two major country, her popularity is rising up fast in both countries today. She starred in some Indonesian soap operas like “SMP (Senandung Masa Puber)”, “Violet”, “Di Sini Ada Cinta” and some more. But she didn’t stop there. She follower her calling and started her music career in Indonesia, under a band called Inersia. From there she got spotted by Mr Ronnie Henares and she was brought to Manila, signed a contract with Warner Music. The music lovers in Philippines loved what she delivered, and from that point until today, she’s shining as bright as the star.
A beautiful girl with sweet voice, cool performance with nice touch of guitar, songs with catchy melodies, warm and friendly to the fans are some of her strength. With all those gifts, she will go straight to the top in no time. Many tremendous achievements has filled her collections. She has been nominated for “Best New Female Artist 2008″ by Myx Channel, also nominated for “Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist” and “Best Performance by a Duet” (with Christian Bautista) in the Prestigious Philippine 21st Awit Awards.
Lala… ‘Not Your Ordinary Girl’
Now let’s take a look at her music style and her beautifully done debut album, STARS. LALA’s music is like a mix between Michelle Branch, Sheryl Crows, Alanis Morisette and Sixpence None The Richer with a touch of light pop jazzy sound of D’Sound. If you are into this music style, you’ll love her album. STARS contains ear-catchy songs that would fit many different segments of music fans. There are three singles from the album has been released in Philippines. The first single, the catchy-groovy song “Waitin’”, the bittersweet “What About You”, and a wonderful duet with Christian Bautista on “Unsaid”. STARS simply is a wonderful album that you’ll love to hear over and over again. This album will soon appear in Indonesia under Warner Music Indonesia. “What About You” is hitting the charts in many major radio stations in Jakarta.Both Indonesian and Phillipines should be proud of LALA. I do.
With the help of mJ Juco of TangerineSkies Artist PR, I managed an exclusive one on one interview with LALA.
Lala, that was such a pleasant show you gave at Java Jazz Festival 2009. How do you feel performing for the BIGGEST Jazz event in the world?
It was an honor and an overwhelming experience for me. That was my first time to be part of such a great event. I would like to thank Eki Puradiredja (Java Jazz Program Director) for inviting me to perform there.
What do you think about your audience of at the Java Jazz Festival?
I played at two different venues, one at the Dji Sam Soe Lounge and the other one at the Assembly 2 Hall. The full crowd was very warm and appreciative on both occasions; I enjoyed connecting with them throughout the entire set of both my performances.