The Jakarta Post
Eight finalists were selected from 15 semifinalists at the 2018 Levi's Band Hunt. (Shutterstock/File)
Eight bands have been selected to perform at the grand finale of the 2018 Levi’s Band Hunt music competition at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Livesplace in SCBD, South Jakarta.
The bands were chosen out of 15 semifinalists based on online voting on Levi’s website. They come from different provinces and genres, namely Kelas Drama from Jakarta, Scenario from Yogyakarta, Hand of Fatima from Yogyakarta, D3sak Senja from Jakarta, Pasukan Penjaga Pohon from Tangerang city in Banten, Delika from Jakarta, Peraukertas from Jakarta and Jionara from Bandung in West Java. Among the genres are psychedelic rock, pop, fun punk and rock.
The finalists had previously received mentorship for two days in Jakarta from Maliq & D’Essentials, Kelompok Penerbang Roket and Pee Wee Gaskins. Among the things taught in the mentorship are tips on improving musicality, band management efficiency and preparing for the best performance on stage.
Batiga band's Riosa (from left to right) , Pee Wee Gaskin's Dochi, country manager Levi’s Indonesia Sameer Koul, country head, marketing Levi's Indonesia Adhita Idris, managing director for Indonesia of Universal Music Group, Inc. Wisnu Surjono, Maliq & D'Essentials' Angga and Kelompok Penerbang Roket's Coki at Levi's Band Hunt press conference on Friday, Nov. 21 in South Jakarta. (Levi's Band Hunt/File)
Alongside Perry Parikesit as the senior manager of A&R at Universal Music Indonesia, the mentors will also become the judges at the grand finale. There will be winners based on the judges’ decision and one winner based on the audience who attend the event. The available prizes include a record deal with Universal Music Indonesia, cash and a product package.
Compared to last year, this second edition of Levi’s Band Hunt attracted more participants from various genres. Maliq & D’Essentials vocalist Angga Puradiredja said during a press conference on Friday in South Jakarta that nowadays there is no border between a genre and another as it is possible for them to crossover.
Having various genres in one competition is not an obstacle. “Each of the mentors come from different genres, so it doesn’t mean only a certain genre will win,” said Levi’s Indonesia's country head marketing Adhita Idris at the same occasion. “We recognize all of the genres and, like Angga said, there can be a fusion between them.”
Initiated in 2017, Levi’s Band Hunt is a music competition for talented indie bands that are considered to offer unique and authentic music. (kes)