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Jakarta Post

J-rocks: Constantly evolving

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 14 2008   /  10:02 am

JP/Ricky Yudhistira With high-rise hairdos befitting Japanese Dragonball cartoon characters and some pretty dramatic outfits, the four band members visiting The Jakarta Post that day would fit right in with Tokyo's Harajuku style. Hearing their name, one can easily guess where they looked for inspiration: They are called the J-rocks. Vocalist Iman Taufik Rachman, 27, guitarist Sony Ismail Robbayani, 25, bassist Swara Wima Yoga, 26, and drummer Anton Rudi Kelces love Japanese rock music, commonly known as J-rock. These days, the most prominent J-rock band in Indonesia is L'Arc-en-Ciel, also known as Laruku. It was their love of J-rock music that brought the four together, eventually winning a national band competition, inking a deal with music label Aquarius Musikindo and releasing two albums and a number of video clips. Their set at A Mild Live Soundrenaline ...