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

New Straits Times - - Groove -

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.

N W SIN­GLE

“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.”

LoNGEvItY

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.

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