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ARTIST OF THE WEEK

White Shoes and the Couples Company

White Shoes and the Couples Company

We are happy to announce that this week's artist of the week is White Shoes and The Couples Company!  One of the country's most brilliant bands, bringing a strong personality and very refreshing sound influenced by Indonesian movies soundtracks from the 70s and inspired by the acoustic spirit of the classic jazz musicians from the 1930s, updated with classic strings arrangements, retro disco beat, easy listening acoustic ballads, and some tunes from vintage keyboard toys which come all the way back from 1970s! Doesn't that sound like something that you definitely must have on your playlist?!!The band started as a trio in August 2002, in an art institute in central Jakarta. The first formation of White Shoes & The Couples Company featured Sari on vocal & violin, Rio on rhythm guitar and Saleh on melody guitar. The three of them made their debut appearance with this formation on a campus event. However, the trio formation diverged from their original plan when Sari and Rio 'proposed'  a married couple whom studied classical music in the same art show, Ricky and Mela , to join the band. Later on they joined the band and enriching the band's harmony with Ricky on bass and cello and Mela on viola, keyboards and piano. In 2004, the band decided that they needed a drummer for live shows, and John Navid was brought into the picture as percussionist / vibraphonist, which also brought the band into an even lineup of three classical music students and three visual art students too!

Being all set the perfect formation, White Shoes & The Couples Company recorded their debut album of 11 songs under Aksara Records, an indie records label that based in Jakarta. On August 2005, this album was launched by Aksara Records and distributed by Universal Music Indonesia in Indonesia. The album has sold over 15,000 copies, and it's a major step for an indie band. The year became even a bigger year for the band as they contributed one song in the Original Movie Soundtrack of 'Janji Joni' which became a huge success in Indonesian Cinema, which also made this single "Senandung Maaf" a big hit on radio stations in the entire country!

Their amazing journey hasn't stopped and it's pretty predictable that it's only getting better, proven by the fact that the band has just signed up with Minty Fresh Records, an indie records label that based in Chicago, USA. Minty Fresh has released White Shoes & The Couples Company's first album on October 2007 and distributed the album to the US, Mexico, Canada, Australia and Japan. They are under the same label as other well respected musicians such as Veruca Salt, Liz Phair, The Cardigans, The Poems, Ivy, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, Prototypes, Papas Fritas, Bettie Serveert, Kahimi Karie, and TAHITI 80.

Well guys, I am soooo sure that there are still a whole lot of impressive stories to be shared and we're really looking forward having a lot of fun interviewing these guys and also shooting their live session as well! Well in the meantime, tune in and enjoy their tracks for a whole week long at 9 a.m., 12 a.m., 7 p.m, and 00 a.m. Enjoy!

 

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