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|BIP: Anti-Drug Rockers from Indonesia|
Farah 'Fairy' Mahdzan
(29-Oct-2002) | Readers Say
Drugs can tear a music band apart but it can also bring about the spirit and birth of a new one such as bip (be-i-pe).
Three of bip's members, Bongky (bass), Indra (keyboard) and Pay (guitar), are ex-members of the first formation of Slank, an insanely popular Indonesian rock band with a large number of fiercely-loyal fans (who are termed Slankers). Slank started to ride the waves of fame and success in the early 1990s with hits like Suit-Suit....Hehehe (Gadis Sexy) and Terlalu Manis.
Things looked good for Slank until drugs tempted Bongky, Indra and Pay into desperate addiction. The drug dependency shared by these three men left Slank in shreds and pieces as conflicts went unresolved and relationships between band members and management intensified. Finally in 1996, the trio left Slank and pursued their own lives until one day a mutual sentiment hit them like a bolt of lightning: they missed playing music as a band. After recruiting the talents of Irang and Jaka to fulfill the positions of vocalist and drummer, respectively, their new band was given a name by combining the initials of Bongky, Indra and Pay. Hence bip was born on 20 April, 2000 in Bandung.
The press conference in KL
Malaysia had a chance recently to host and be entertained by bip's captivating sense of music and showmanship. I seized the golden opportunity to join a group of journalists and press photographers in a bip press conference in Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur on October 15. The conference was held to expose to the media the talents of these 5 creative men from negeri seberang as well as promote the showcase concert that was planned for the evening of October 20 at the same venue.
As Irang took to the mic and the band players started to kick their instruments into full gear, we were treated to an awesome, rock-melodic and thumping performance of two songs from their latest album, Min Plus: Atas Nama Cinta and Sampai Nanti. I could also see Dewiq in the background onstage as backing vocal; she's a female recording Indonesian artist with three albums so far who happens to also be Pay's lover.
Anti-Drug Ambassadors: "Jangan Jadi Junkies!"
After bip's brief but very impressive performance, the five band members walked steadily to their designated table and faced the crowd of invited attendants, ready to answer questions. Of course, everyone was curious to hear of their involvement with drugs back in the day. bip was sincere in sharing stories of their junkies days. The band ensured everyone present that they were no longer drug-dependent and that their acts have been cleaned, although it took them several years to rehabilitate from their horrid dependency.
As a music band with a lot of following, bip has somewhat adopted itself as anti-drug ambassadors, reminding their fans (called bipers) that narcotics was a way of life that should be avoided at all costs since it can only bring life destruction. Bongky spoke of an incident in which Indra was found overdosed and unconscious and had to be admitted to the hospital; unfortunately Indra went into a coma for 2 weeks but miraculously his life was spared and he survived. Pay reminisced on several occasions where he sold off everything valuable he owned, including expensive, collectable guitars, just to collect money to pay off for drugs.
The guys were casual in relating their painful and regrettable experiences circulating around their addict days. I personally developed respect for them for being able to share and take on the responsibilities of the drug-related stories that most would be ashamed to tell, moreso publicly.
Jazz + Rock = Indra's Specialty
If I had to choose my favorite personnel from bip, Indra would be my number one pick. I highly admire Indra's talent and presence as a keyboardist in the band which give bip's modern rock music (which is normally dominated by guitar-sounds and distortions of various sorts) a sophisticated and unique sound. I learned that Indra loves piano jazz, and when he started playing keyboard in a rock band, he thought that the music was simple in comparison to jazz. That's why his piano-playing is melodically-thrilling and not conventional in rock music; Indra would happily make jazz-improvisions that add color to the music his band plays.
bip's additional projects
bip not only produce and write material for themselves but they help out their fellow artist-colleagues whenever opportunities arise. For example, Indra helped Element in the production of their most recent album, Paradoks. Bongky and Pay have played in other bands such as Flowers and Dhani (Dewa)'s band, Ahmad Band. They both have also worked alongside artists such as Dewiq, Bunglon, Harapan Jaya, Ipang, Adi Adrian and Etha.
There's a bonus if you're a guitar maniac and a biper (bip fan) rolled into one: a guitar company in Indonesia has even released Bongky bass series guitars and Pay series guitars which you can add to your personal guitar collection.
bip is bip, bukan Slank
Although the rise to fame of bip has been largely fueled by the presence of the three ex-Slank members Bongky, Indra and Pay, the band emphasizes that bip is indeed a different band with Irang and Jaka and that the public should now see bip as bip, not as a spin-off of their old band, Slank. However I personally think the association of bip to Slank is inevitable due to the history and music-style the two rock bands share.
bip summed up the press conference by thanking everyone present for their attendance and attention and expressed their hopes that Indonesian music fans will embrace their music wholeheartedly. I wish them success and may we all continue to hear great music from them.
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Posted by arif wahyugi on 4-Sep-2009, 20:03 MYT
#41. assalamualaikum...bu at bip dan buat para bipers,,tetap exsist,,karena bip adalah kuncianku,,lagu bip mantaaap mantaaap..semua lagunya ga ada yg gue ga suka,,,kpn nih rencana ngeruarin album barunya??gue tung gu,,shuto taziek euy
#39. bip jalan trus ga ada matinya end mas bongky, indra, pay, jaka end ipang jagala persahabatan jangan sampai putus, lagu2 kamu asik enak di dengar gampang di cernah dibandingkan slank sekarang entah aliran apa yang di pilih aku jadi bingung serba salah, mungkin aliran ngangkang kali ye..... ! rock gak dangdut gak apaan kali ye... sory buat slanker ya bukannya aku sombong memang menurut aku bip lah yang lebih di depan..... peace and love
#38. bip jalan trus ga ada matinya end mas bongky, indra, pay, jaka end ipang jagala persahabatan jangan sampai putus, lagu2 kamu asik enak di dengar gampang di cernah dibandingkan slank sekarang entah aliran apa yang di pilih aku jadi bingung serba salah, mungkin aliran ngangkang kali ye..... ! rock gak dangdut gak apaan kali ye... sory buat slanker ya bukannya aku sombong memang menurut aku bip lah yang lebih di depan..... peace and love
#36. Dashyattt Brur...Denger Bip pasti Kebayang ama Slank 'Perjuangan'...Den ger Gitar Pay kebw ama Sound Blues 90'an...Bass si Bongky jadi inget sound Reggae Alm.Imanez...Si Indra jadi inget Si Indro..hehe just kidding...Denger Ipang nyanyi kebayang trus ama Plastik 'the Indonesian Blues Legend'....Jaka tambah ramping aja...hehehe....Maju terus BIP...And Don't forget Brur Smoking Rasta From Jah....Haha..just kidding lagi...PISS
#35. gw BipErs sejati, gUe udah suka SLANK N BIP Khususnya daRi gw SD amPe gw udaH Lulus KuLiah. gw ga suKa Bgt sm SLank.. BIP tOp AbiEz..
#33. bipers semua salam kenal dari gua...kapan kita bawain lagu bip bareng ...gw the blank dari padang...
#32. gw kemarin ktm mas bongky d soundranaline dipadang,trus gw nanya kapan bip ngasi "udara segar"lagi,band gw udah ngebawain lagu bip semua..bwt d padang the blank (band gw) siap bwt ngenalin lgu bip lagi tp kami butuh udara segar lagi...oya websitenya donk call me 081363252527
#31. hai bip............. alamatnya bip apa sich
#30. gw suKa bgt ama BIP
#29. oh iya lupa.... firstname.lastname@example.org ---- e-mail gw, ditunggu yah kordnya (bintang hidupku) A.S.A.P !!
#28. tolong kirim kord lagu BIP (bintang hidupku). kirim ke e-mail aja yah.... please !!
#27. gw pngen tab nya lagu realita cinta & rock n roll..tapi yg"AKU GAK MAO PEDULI LG SAMA SEMUANYA...."gw ga tau judulnya jd bgini aja... ...pleaae kasih tau....
#26. buat ipang, pliss kirimin gw kord nya bintang hidupku (ost realita cinta dan rock n roll)
#25. Huallooo BIP..kapan album barunya muncul?album udara segar bagus sih cuman kebanyakan yang nge-slow...bikin lagu kayak dilarang melarang dong atau palah kek..yang penting gahar gitu..gua jg nungguin lagu bluesnya...kalo bisa gondrong lagi deh biar keliatan lebih muda...kalo ngirim email kemana nih?
#24. BIP.....BIP...BIP... kok adem ayem aja...mana neh konsernya kok ga ada blasss....kapan neh album barunya keluar?untuk bang pay,please balik lagi ke satriani jgn jadi tom morello lagi,to:bang Indra,mana neh tuts rock n roll-nya kayak memang+begitu saja,Pro:Bang Bongky:LO HARUS GONDRONG TERUS!!!!
#23. bip kayaknya bipers banyak yang down deh,tolong bang pay,situkan ahlinya,tapi bip dah nyadarin banyak orang kok termasuk gw,itu bang irang beneran yah?masih kok masih ada!Qta semua lg nunggu...o'ya kapan2 bang rastamanis ditongolin ya!!!di klip kek!emh...4X
#22. BIP is the best, BIKIN LAGU YANG NGEBLUES DONG KAYAK SLANK DULU, COPY AJA DARI SLANK DULU, EDIT DIKIT LANGSUNG JADI, SLANK HAMPA TANPA BIP
#21. Haii........... Miss all of you guys since... you know lah... Apa kabar nih para bipers ?? udah lama gak kedengeran kabar beritanya...
#20. hai !!!!!!!! bip lam knal kapan lo konser in come my your ran with slank lagi gw kangen ni sama lo & lo kapan ngeluarin album baru lagi kaya nya lu jarang ni keliatan lagi.......plizz balas ya ke email gw / tlp gw ya ke4227079
#19. hi...biP sumpe gwe ngefans buangeet ma loe...be-qozz loe itu the best buanget...kapan loe konser in klava gadienk ...gwe and temn - temn menanti loe plizzz ...ku tunggu..
#18. BIP.....kl menurut gw musiknya lebih bagus dari SLANK(bukan berarti musik SLANK itu ga bagus....),apalagi abis ganti vocalis,tambah kerreeeen aja,tp gw salut ama pay,indra ama bongky....jangan berhenti bermusik yah....lo tuh musisi hebat........buat jaka gebukan lo mantep koq
#17. Ayo dong lu gaya lu tahun 90,s punya jangan takut lu jiplak slank wong sekarang udah beda kok musiknya,apalagi kalo lu lagi manggung nyanyiin lagu memang itu berasa musik lu banget 'ayo dong maenin musik dulu lagi kreatif tapi mudah dicerna asssyik man berangkat
#16. BIP AYO MAENIN MUSIK KAYA SLANK DULU SEBAB GAYA 90'S ADALAH GAYA LU ORANG JUGA KANGEN AMA PERMAENAN SLANK DULU APALAGI KALO LU MANGGUNG BAWAIN LAGU MEMANG GUA BERANI SUJUD DEPAN LU
#15. haiii haiii bip kok mana website kalian
#14. Bip Where is the new album????? Keluarin dong Ditahun 2005 ini... I'm waitting....
#13. bip itu bukan jeplakan slank kalau saja tidak ada bip slank tidak akan ada
#11. halloo BIP , gw gak habis pikir nih kenapa kalian keluar dr slank? padahal kalian tuh solid bgt, gak ada matinya kecuali di tembak he..he..gw ngefens bgt ama formasi lamanya slank tapi ya apa boleh buat ternyata kalian harus memilih
#10. bip kapan bikin album baru..di tunggu
#9. Bip u kapan ngeblus lagi .....gue tunggu album u yg new otre brangkat .....
#8. hallo BIPERS!!! utk informasi, insya Allah akan ada show event slank-bip in collaboration di hall PRJ kemayoran, tgl 2 juli 2005. jangan sampe lupa dan gak dateng. thanks ya..
#7. hai gue bilang juga apa indonesia butuh udara segar ! apa lagi orang seperti ku pasti gue bangkit lagi , tolong donk naikin motivasi bipers yang lagi down.
#6. kapan neeh BIP konser ke Semarang. Padahal semarang banyak fans BIP, terutama ma kalian bertiga yang dulu pernah eksis di Slank.setiap konser kok semarang tidak disinggahi. gimana neeh ? piss & Brangkat Man
#5. haiiii...all apa kabar nya,gue arel BIPers medan city,gue panatic loe-loe semua....gue mau dong di kirim nhie foto-foto loe loe semua di e-mail gue...ee...pleeess banget,jujur aja gue udah 3 taon panatic loe-loe semua so...jangan kecewaan panz loe semua nya yaa....okeeee
#4. halo bip. gw asli fans berat kalian. apalagi sakarang udah pake si ipang, masalahnya gw jg suka bgt tuh ma album2nya plastik,malahan band gw jg bawainnya lagu2 loe pade.
#3. BIP lumayan juga..tp music style dia susah utk lari dari Slank..dengar lagu BIP..ingat Slank..dengar lagu Slank..ingat BIP
#2. Im thank you kindly for spotting the unintentional errors, I have made the ammendments. I was thinking of another song for Atas Nama Cinta when I was writing this article, so a bit of a slip-up there. But in the photo album section, I entered the song name correctly hehe. Peace!
#1. Fai spelling error kat paragraph 5.. Irang la not Ikang. Then lagi satu not Antara Dua Cinta but Atas Nama Cinta... rasanye la.
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