J-ROCKS


PROFILE J-ROCKS BAND

Cerita J-Rocks bermula saat Iman bertemu dengan Wima untuk membentuk sebuah band. Sebuah impian yang ia bicarakan saat mereka SMA. Keduanya  sudah berteman di SMA. Sony sendiri dikenal Iman saat audisi gitaris sebuah band. Sony  juga yang mengenalkan ke Anton, seorang drummer yang juga teman SMP Sony. Iman merangkap sebagai vokalis karena sulit menemukan vokalis yang cocok. J-rocks akhirnya lahir di 9 November 2003.

Impian. Itu yang mepersatukan keempatnya. Mereka bermimpi bisa jalan bareng, bermusik, dan melancong keluar negeri. Saat itu hampir semuanya punya band sendiri, namun setelah manggung dua kali mereka merasa terikat oleh impian yang sama.

J-Rockstar adalah nama pertama saat band beraliran japanese rock ini. Kata rocktsar mereka temukan di sebuah stiker. Mereka bermimpi untuk menjadi rockstar. Lalu huruf J di depan, selain identik dengan Jepang juga mempunyai banyak arti. Jujur, berarti jujur dalam bermusik sesuai yang mereka suka. Jakarta, karena band ini berasal dari ibukota Indonesia.  Nama J-Rockstar disingkat menjadi J-rocks, agar lebih mudah dilafalkan. Ini terjadi persis saat kami akan mengikuti kontes musik Nescafe.

Kontes ini membuka peluang yang lebih luas untuk J rocks untuk memasuki dunia hiburan Indonesia.  J-Rocks menjadi pemenang pertama, sekaligus tiap personel memborong  best vocalist, best guitarist, best bassist, dan best drummer. Masuknya J-Rocks di  kompilasi Nescafe Get Started menjadi kerjasama lebih jauh dengan label Aquarius

Pertengahan 2005 dibawah Aquarius J-Rock merilis  album perdana  yang bertajuk “Topeng Sahabat” . Tahun itu Jrocks juga mengisi  dua lagu di album OST Dealova yaitu “Serba Salah” dan “Into The Silent”.

Album kedua J-Rocks, Spirit, membuktikan band ini bukan  pengekor lagu jepang. Kemampuan musikalitasJj-Rocks dibuktikan di album ini, bermacam beat dan aliran musik lancar  J Rocks mainkan. Mulai dari Rock n Roll, Waltz, Symphonic Metal  sampai Blues. Gitaris cewek   Prisa Rianzi merak ajak kolaborasi di lagu “Kau Curi Lagi”.

J-Rocks mencatatkan diri sebagai band Indonesia pertama yang rekaman di studio legendaris Abbey Road, Inggris. Proses rekaman dan mixing lagu-lagu terbaru mereka dilakukan selama lima hari dari tanggal 12 sampai 16 Oktober 2008. Di hari ketiga, Chris Butler, sound engineer terkenal, melakukan proses final mixing untuk lagu-lagu itu. Sembari menunggu, J-Rocks membuat video clip untuk single Falling in Love. Foto mereka di zebra cross legendaris Abbey Road dengan mengenakan batikdijadikan cover album. J-Rocks merilis album ketiga, berupa mini album bertajuk “Road to Abbey”.

Tahun 2010, J-Rocks mengaransemen ulang lagu “Madu dan Racun” yang populer di tahun 80-an. Dibantu Pay dan DJ Romi, J rocks memberikan sentuhan lain ke single yang masuk di album kompilasi 40 Tahun Aquarius.

IMAN

“Soul..jenius..super sensitif..” kicau Iman di Twitter, tanggapannya tentang Kurt Cobain. Motor Nirvana itu menjadi salah satu gitaris favoritnya, selain Jimi Hendrix, dan Yngwie Malmsteen. Ketiganya yang menginspirasi Iman untuk bermain gitar. Vokalis cum gitaris J-Rocks ini mengawali karir bermusiknya sebagai gitaris. Karena tidak kunjung mendapatkan vokalis yang cocok, iapun menjadi vokalis di J-Rocks.

Ia tidak nekat, sebab Iman mempunyai karakter vokal yang kuat, range vokalnya lebar membuatnya enak untuk bermain di nada rendah sampai tinggi. Artikulasinya juga jelas karena ia juga menguasai teknik falsetto. Apalagi ditambah ia piawai menjiwai lagu.

Pemilik nama Iman Taufik Rachman ini juga jago main piano dan menciptakan lagu. Iman sudah mulai mengenal musik semenjak masih bayi. Saat itu ia sudah sering mendengarkan musik jazz, blues, hingga musik sunda dari keluarganya.

Twitter : imanine

WIMA

“I am a brother, son, father, friend, musician, arranger, bassist, guitarist, pianist, programmer, lover, headbanger, drivers, listener, dreamers, storyteller, anything you name it..”  Wima menggambarkan dirinya.

Bass Gitar, bukan satu-satunya alat musik yang ia kuasai. Saat SMA Wima lebih dikenal sebagai gitaris. Akan tetapi saat nge-band bersama Iman, ia selalu pegang bass. Saat ke band lain, dirinya kembali menjadi gitaris.

Tetsuya bassist Larc En Ciel,  yang menginspirasi untuk mengeksplorasi bass lebih dalam lagi. “Pattern bassnya asyik banget,” kata dia.   Cara memainkan Bass musisi Jepang itu, Wima anggap sangat menantang. “Bass bukan alat yang menonjol dalam musik, namun Tetsuya bisa jalan terus, mengisi dan mewarnai lagu.” tambahnya.

Lelaki bernama Swara Wimayoga menjadi sangat atraktif saat di panggung. Padahal di keseharian Wima adalah sosok pendiam. Seringkali ayah satu anak ini memainkan  bass sambil lompat-lompat. Itu susah, karena dirinya harus menjaga ritme lagu agar tidak loncat juga. “Berarti aku sangat menikmati lagu itu”.

Twitter: swarawimayoga

SONY

Siapa sangka lelaki yang lihai memainkan bola bundar akhirnya menjadi seorang gitaris J-Rocks. Padahal menjadi pemain gitar tidak masuk dalam daftar impian Sony, pokoknya hanya sepakbola. Darah bola diturunkan dari kakeknya, hampir semua keluarganya suka bola. Bukan hanya penyaluran hobby, Sony sudah menjadi pemain semi profesional, ia digaji oleh klub.Bahkan Sony juga dipanggil untuk tes masuk tim nasional U 15. Namun, sesuatu terjadi, ada hal yang mengecewakan dirinya.

Sony banting stir ke gitar. Kakaknya yang bermain gitar di kamar membuatnya tertarik. Sejak itulah ia belajar gitar ke kakaknya. Gayung bersambut, teman-teman SMP-nya juga kebanyakan main gitar.  Gitaris yang selalu tampil di depan juga membuatnya semakin yakin untuk menekuni gitar. “Personel paling disorot setelah vokalis adalah gitaris. Pasti itu. Keren aja,” katanya.

“Mendalami gitar itu ternyata dalam banget. Main perasaan. Menuangkan perasaaan saat happy, kesel. Aku selalu main gitar,” tambahnya. Ada satu gitaris yang paling ia ingat selain favoritnya seperti Paul Gilbert-nya Mr Big, Andy Timmons dan Steve Vai, adalah Irfan, kakak kelasnya pas SMA. “Jago banget. Parah. Aku belajar banyak banget, dia yang yang bikin Aku kayak gini. Berjasa banget pokoknya,” cerita dia.

Kemampuan Sony mengulik gitar diakui banyak produsen gitar. Sekarang dirinya di endorse oleh Ibanez. Sebelumnya, tiga tahun ia diendorse oleh merek gitar lokal, bahkan mempunyai signature series.

“Meraih mimpi” kalimat itu yang menggambarkan perasaan Sony di J-Rocks. ” Kalau gak di J-Rocks, aku gak punya pengalaman rekaman di Abbey road,Gak punya pengalaman ke Jepang, Ga punya pengalaman kelilling Indonesia.  Sangat membanggakan.”

Twitter: sony_ismail

ANTON

Hanya drummer yang punya singgasana di band!” Anton menyetujui kalimat itu. Alasannya karena hanya drummer yang duduk setiap main musik. Juga karena drum adalah pengontrol ritme musik di sebuah lagu. Makanya, ia tak keberatan saat manggung ia tersembunyi diantara alat-alat drum.

Ia jatuh cinta pada drum saat ia melihat aksi  Tre Cool, drummer band punk Greenday. Gaya Tree yang tengil dan bergembira di atas panggung membuatnya jatuh hati. “Gayanya fun, ketawa-tawa dan loncat-loncat di atas panggung.” jelas lelaki ramah ini. Tak heran di tiap penampilan dengan J-Rocks ia jadi sosok yang berbahagia di atas panggung.

Nonton film menjadi kesukaanya diluar main drum. Hampir semua jenis film ia suka, namun ia paling senang dengan film kolosal. “Film romantis juga nonton sih, menunjukkan jiwa romantis dalam diriku,” kata dia sambil terkekeh.

Twitter: Anton_kelces

J-Rocks, mencatatkan diri sebagai band Indonesia pertama yang rekaman di studio legendaris Abbey Road, Inggris. J-Rocks 1 Spiri

L’ARE EN CIE’L


PROFILE L’are En Cie’L

Group Name : L’arc En Ciel a.k.a Laruku
Origin : Osaka, Japan
Genres : Alternative rock, hard rock, pop rock, art rock
Years active : 1991–present
Labels : Danger Crue, Ki/oon/SMEJ, Tofu, Gan-Shin
Member : Hyde, Tetsuya, Ken, Yukihiro

L’Arc-en-Ciel (ラルク アン シエル, Raruku an Shieru?, “The Rainbow” in French), usually stylized as “L’Arc~en~Ciel”, is a Japanese rock band that formed in 1991. The group has sold over 13 million albums, 16 million singles, and millions of other units, including videos. They were ranked at number 58 on a list of Top 100 Japanese pop musicians, provided by HMV Japan in 2003, and are among the most influential artists in the Japanese music scene.

History
In February 1991, bassist Tetsuya, later band leader, recruited vocalist Hyde along with guitarist Hiro and drummer Pero, and formed a band under the name of L’Arc-en-Ciel. After a year of gaining notoriety in their hometown of Osaka, Hiro left the band on June 12, 1992. Tetsuya convinced his friend Ken to quit his university studies (he was an architecture major at The Nagoya Institute of Technology) and join the band as the guitarist, but soon Pero left the band on December 30, 1992. In 1993, a new drummer, Sakura, joined the band.
On April 1, 1993, the band released their debut album Dune under the indie label Danger Crue. The album was a success and rose to number one on the Oricon indies charts, catching the attention of some major labels. In 1994, L’Arc-en-Ciel signed on with Sony’s Ki/oon division, releasing their second album, Tierra that same year. Heavenly followed in 1995. True, released in 1996, became their first number-one, million selling album. In February 1997, drummer Sakura was arrested for illegal drug possession.[4] He officially quit the band on October 4, 1997. This proved to be the lowest point in the band’s history.
Album
* DUNE (April 27, 1993)
* Tierra (July 14, 1994)
* heavenly (September 1, 1995)
* True (December 12, 1996)
* HEART (February 25, 1998)
* ark (July 1, 1999)
* ray (July 1, 1999)
* REAL (August 30, 2000)
* SMILE (March 31, 2004)
* DUNE 10th Anniversary Edition (April 21, 2004)
* AWAKE (June 22, 2005)
* KISS (November 21, 2007)
Gallery

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THE GAZETTE


Profile of the GazettE


In March 2002, Ruki, Uruha, and Reita , and Aoi and Yuune formed a band under the name Gazette.Originally signed to Matina, they released their first single, “Wakaremichi”, and a video release in April. By September they had released two more singles and another video, headlining a show for the first time in October.

Ruki, Reita and Uruha were known for their previous work Kar + te = zyAnose. At this time Ruki was not as drummer and vocalist. The band pre-Gazette (Ma’die Kuss) [2000 ~ 2002], where a vocalist Ruki step, they decided to rename and integrate 2 new members to the exclusion of support. One member specifically Yune, I talked about Aoi, Uruha, and after talking with him, asked him to join the band. Aoi was a lifelong friend of Yune This is what would Gazette in February 2002. In March they do their first tour of Japan and in April of this year get their first single “Wakaremichi” along with 2 pv’s, between the months of August and in September launched a new singles Vhs, this time stamp as was Martin. Yune before they officially leave the band members were already in search of finding a replacement drummer rookie. Unfortunately, as a REIT Shoxx interview with the “amateur” and decided to not take off a week of Gazette. Upon hearing this Kai (ex. Mareydi † I thought ‘). seized by phone and spoke to them, accepting them immediately.

In early 2003, Yune decided to leave the band, and he was replaced by Kai. Shortly after, they signed with the PS Company label, and in May released their first EP, Cockayne Soup. They started their first tour, with the band Hanamuke, and along with the tour, the bands collaborated on two songs. A second tour followed with the band Vidoll, and the bands were featured together on the November issue of Cure, a magazine focusing on Visual Kei bands.

In early December they played a co-headlining show with Deadman. On December 28 they performed at Fool’s Mate magazine’s Beauti-fool’s Fest which was later released on DVD.

On January 16, 2004 they recorded a solo performance at the Shibuya-AX, which was released on DVD as Tokyo saihan ~Judgement Day~. On March 30, 2004 they released their Madara mini-album, which reached #2 on the Oricon Indie Charts. Madara was followed in May by a companion DVD, which included six music videos and an in-the-studio documentary. The same month, Gazette was featured in Shoxx magazine’s Expect Rush III, a catalogue of independent Visual Kei artists. A second live DVD, Heisei Banka, was released in August. During September and October they toured with fellow PS Company bands Kra and BIS. Their debut album, Disorder, was released in October, and made it to the top 5 of the indies Oricon Daily Charts.

The band spent the remainder of 2004 and 2005 touring extensively, releasing Gama (another mini album) in August. In 2005 the band released their first major label single, Cassis, in December. Starting 2006 with a name change—from Japanese characters to a romanized script—they released Nil, their second full-length album, on February 8, 2006, and embarked on another Japanese tour, ending at the venue Nippon Budokan. That July, The Gazette performed at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany, their first show outside of Asia. The concerts were arranged in conjunction with the AnimagiC anime and manga convention.

Three more singles were released followed by another studio album, Stacked Rubbish on July 4, 2007. It reached #2 on the Oricon charts within a day from the release. The album debut was followed by a promotional tour from July through September. In October, The Gazette started their first European tour stopping England, Finland, France, and Germany. A single called “Guren” was released on February 13, 2008, which landed a #1 spot on the Oricon Charts, and it was announced that a new DVD would be released in August, and a new single Leech in Autumn 2008, which also landed a #1 spot on the Oricon daily charts.

The Gazette accomplished a one man tour through all of October called “From the Distorted City”, referencing to the song “Distorted Daytime” in their single “Leech”. It portrays Tokyo as a Distorted City, in terms of the society and political crisis sweeping over Japan in current days. “From the Distorted City” illustrates ‘A Message from the Distorted City of Tokyo’. On November 15, 2008, the GazettE hosted their first Secret Live in Shinjuku Station. Originally, around 250 people were to be anticipated, but instead, over 7000 came to the live, the most in history. Due to the amount of people on the streets, the police were forced to shut it down after two songs. On 3rd January 2009, the GazettE performed along side their fellow bands signed to the PS company label to celebrate the record labels 10th anniversary where they announce that on March 25, 2009, they will release a new single called “Distress and Coma”. In addition to their new single the band have announced that they will be releasing a new album “DIM” on July 15th.

On October 7, 2009, they released their new single called “Before I Decay”. It’ll be the soundtrack for the Japanese version of “Fast and Furious 4”. The band then played at V-ROCK FESTIVAL’09 on October 25, 2009 with other Visual Kei bands. They were featured on the main website, and performed the finale of the whole festival, unfortunately their performance was not broadcast live on the internet. Soon they will have another one-man Christmas live on December 24, 2009 called “A HYMN OF THE CRUCIFIXION”

Ruki Real Name: Matsumoto Takanori (松本 たかのり)
Part: Vocals
DOB: 1 February 1982
Blood Type: B
Birthplace: Kanagawa Prefecture (Kantou, southern Japan)
Height: 162cm
Weight:
Foot Size: 25.5 cm
Ring Size: Middle finger – 17
Family: Parents, older brother
Piercings: 5 on the right ear
Tobacco: PIANISSIMO
First Copied Song: Sex Pistols – Bodies
Liked Type: A self-aware person, a wonderful person
Disliked Type: An impure girl, a stupid person
Wish to girls: Don’t lose sight of yourself
Strong Point: Genuine Side
Weak Point: Genuine Side
Charming Point: Temple
Favorite Color: Gold, purple, red, black, silver
Favorite Animal: Dog (chihuahua), Cat
Favorite Drink: Child Koiwai Apple
Disliked Food: Green pepper, beans, strawberry
Favorite Brand: Pink Dragon, THE GAMBLER$, ANTICLASS, bounty hunter, CREAMSODA, RUDE GALLERY, Harugin
Message: “Let’s start from the bottom.”
Other:
+wanted to be a fireman as a kid
+loves spaghetti, hates strawberries and peppers
+collects hats, patterned shirts and colored/weird sunglasses
+used to work in a restaurant called the Royal Host and in another one called Denny’s
+favorite season: winter (gives him inspiration)
+PJs: football-outfit
+says his eyesight is 0.01
+as a child his nickname was Taka-chan
+he says his treasured items are his band and fans
+He is happy when he feels the winter breeze
+In an interview he said that his strangest dream was that he was almost killed by a cat

Uruha Real Name: Takashima Kouyou (高島 宏陽) Part: Guitar DOB: 9 June 1981 Blood Type: O Birthplace: Shounan District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan Height: 177cm Weight: 62kg Foot Size: 27.5cm Ring Size:19 Family: Parents, two older sisters, two nephews Piercings: four on the right ear, five on the left ear Tobacco: Marlboro Menthol Light, Maremen Light, PIANISSIMO one (NOTE: As of June 2, 2007, he has attempted to stop smoking.) First Copied Song: LUNA SEA – IN MY DREAM (WITH SHIVER) Liked Type: Gentle, grown-up persons Likes: Darts Hobbies: billiard, pachinko, bowling, soccer Collection: rings, perfume, liquor Favorite Color: purple, grey Favorite Animal: dog, polar bear, penguin, domestic duck Favorite Dorama: Furikaereba Yatsu ga Iru Favorite Drink: Smirnoff, MOET & CHANDON Favorite Food: Mentai Korokke Bento Disliked Food: Blue cheese Favorite Brand: PPFM, Docomo, alfredoBANNISTER Cologne: Gucci Rushes, Bvlgari Musical Influence: LUNA SEA Admired Musician: SUGIZO Random Facts: – Likes to drink vodka. – Is the uncle to two nephews. – Thinks he looks smart in glasses – He likes to jog around 1-2 am in the morning. – He doesn’t think naked women are erotic. He thinks it’s more erotic when the female body is hidden because more is left to his imagination. – He was chased by the yakuza when he was young. – He would like to have a session with Sugizo. – When he was younger, he went to the hospital to have this wart removed from his neck. He says that he can still see the scar and was afraid while looking at the doctor cutting the thing off. – He likes to sleep with a boxer and a t-shirt on. – He is a heavy sleeper. – Claims to be a “good weather” man. – Likes spring because he thinks it’s toasty warm. – Got his first guitar from his parents. – Has always fallen in love at first sight when he was in middle school – Uruha managed to lose his keys while jogging one night, into the sewage. So he called Ruki because he couldn’t reach the keys. Ruki provided a gum and a some string, which they fished the keys up with. In the end they couldn’t get the key back and Uruha remembered that his parents held a spare key so he called them in the morning and his parents had the key delivered to Uruha by a motorbike service. – He quit smoking. He quit because he thought that his health condition was getting worst and his blood circulation was low. Now he’s even disgusted by the smell of it. – He loves to challenge people on his gameboy advanced and don’t let go until he wins. He does not admit that he lost. – His rival is himself. – Does not like to eat olives. – He used to work at a vegetable shop. – Collects rings and perfume. – When he thinks that the person he’s hanging out with dressed silly or when he doesn’t like the thing the person he’s hanging out with is wearing he just keeps a distance from him. Reita had a sad story of this. He was wearing this messy t-shirt and Uruha just wouldn’t walk next to him. He walked from ahead or tried to stay behind. – He wanted to become a soccer player when he grew up. – Uruha don’t understands Kai’s mind.

Aoi Real Name: Shiroyama Yuu (城山 優)
Part: Guitar
DOB: 20 January 1979
Blood Type: A
Birthplace: Mie, Japan
Height: 171cm
Weight: 55kg
Family: Parents, older brother, older sister
Tobacco: Marlboro menthol
First Copied Song: X – Kurenai
Liked Type: good at cooking and gentle
Disliked Type: A person who gets angry easily
Hobby: Composing, Guitar solos, Smoking, Marumen
Collection: sunglasses, perfume, accessories, shirt
Favorite Color: white, black
Favorite Animal: dog, cat
Favorite Drink: Asahi Super Dry Coffee
Favorite Food: food made with a lot of love
Disliked Food: none
Favorite Brand: Bvlgari, Vivienne Westwood, DOLCE & GABANNA, Armani, Peace-maker, Frontier Doll
Reita Real Name: Suzuki Akira (鈴木 亮)
Part: Bass
DOB: 27 May 1981
Blood Type: A
Birthplace: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Height: 172cm
Weight: 55kg
Family: Mother, grandmother, older sister
Tobacco: Mild Seven Lights
First Copied Song: LUNA SEA – PRECIOUS…
Liked Type: Feminine and mature person
Disliked Type: A vulgar person
Charming Point: Butt
Favorite Animal: Parakeet
Favorite Dorama: Tokyo Love Story
Favorite Manga: Initial D
Favorite movie: Face Off
Favorite Drink: Lifeguard
Favorite Food: Spaghetti, Kit-Kat
Disliked food: Vegetables, sweet stuff (except for pudding and cake)
Favorite Brand: Cropped head, Lock, DEAL DESIGN, KING MOB TENDERLOIN, ANTICLASS
Hobby: Watching movies
Collection: Anything related to Sex Pistols
Musical Influence: LUNA SEA
First Copied Song: LUNA SEA – PRECIOUS…
Respected Person: Hatakeyama Takanori (Japanese boxer)
Animal Comparison: Cheetah
Kai Real Name: Uke Yutaka
Part: Drums
DOB: 28th October 1981
Blood Type: B
Birthplace: Tokushima
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 55 kg
Foot Size: 27 cm
Ring Size: 19 cm
Family: Father, mother
Piercings: 2 on the left ear
Tobacco: Red Marlboro
First Copied Song: Luna Sea – Jesus
Liked Type: A motherly person who will welcome me with “welcome home!” when I return home.
Disliked Type: One who hides his character
Strong Point: Don’t mind if he’s bullied
Weak Point: Forgetfulness
Charming Point: Can be interesting in anything
Likes: Cooking, video games
Message: “Our hearts are always as one!”
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