No stopping Sheila On 7
The Indonesian band powers on after more than two decades of music-making, greeting local fans with a show in KL next month. Tahir Alhamzah has the details
IT’S been close to 22 years since the formation of the Indonesian alternative rock band Sheila On 7 (SO7). In a world where even the best acts can only muster half as much of a shelf life, this outfit from Yogyakarta stays active — and hungry — to entertain fans in Indonesia and outside of its home country.
Come next month, SO7 will stage the two-hour Sheila On 7 — Live In Kuala Lumpur concert.
(From left) Shiraz Projects’ executive producer, Shirazdeen Karim, together with Sheila On 7 members Adam and Eross. Eross (left) and Adam.
Comprising vocalist Duta, guitarist Eross, bassist Adam and drummer Brian, the band will be performing some 20 songs at the show at StarXpo Centre, KWC Fashion Mall on Feb 10.
SO7 celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 at the same venue.
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“We really miss our Malaysian fans very much and we hope that they have missed us too,” said the Adam, 38, whose full name is Adam Muhammad Subarkah, at a recent Press conference here.
The band, which recorded its eighth album, in 2014, plans to perform a new single at the concert.
“Fans at the upcoming concert will be among the first to listen to the single titled
said Eross Candra, 38. It is the first single by SO7 after it went independent, after finishing its contract with Sony Music Entertainment Indonesia.
“The song has a strong message for youngsters today to have a positive outlook on life, instead of giving up easily,” added Eross, who declined to reveal details about its songwriter or composer.
Next month’s concert will feature a set list of songs, from hits to lesser known numbers, to please a wider range of fans.
“After our previous concerts, we’d get people asking why we didn’t play this song or that.
“So we’ve decided to perform tracks that we rarely did during our past performances.”
Asked if the band is planning to release a full album, Adam said: “We will release two or three singles this year, before launching an album, which will only be out next year.”
On the band’s two decades in the industry,
Eross credited it to the members’ passion for music.
The band may have lost two members due to their personal reasons, but Eross added that he shares a spirit of camaraderie with the three remaining members.
“Of course, we always argue about work too,” said Adam with a laugh.
“It’s airing different opinions, nothing that can possibly lead to bitter enmity.”
Eross said: “When you do something that you really like, you’ll do it without much pressure. And when you do it wholeheartedly, it translates into good music.”
He added that SO7 still has a fan base from the time it started and is happy to have a younger audience too.
The concert venue can accommodate 7,000. So far, about over 2,000 tickets have already been snapped up.
“At the moment, only 20 meet-and-greet tickets are still available,” said Shirazdeen Karim, executive producer of Shiraz Projects, one half of the concert organisers.
Tickets for Sheila On 7 — Live In Kuala Lumpur are priced between RM85and RM315. For details, visit www.myticket. asia.