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|An Afternoon with Gigi Band!|
(27-Sep-2003) | Readers Say
If you've never had the chance to sit down in a room with Gigi and wondered what they were like, expect nothing but insanity, laughter and kekonyolan from the four guys that make up the Indonesian band. It is for their wacky sense of humor that I find Armand Maulana (vocalist), Budhy Haryono (drummer), Dewa Budjana (guitarist) and Thomas Ramdhan (bassist) to be some of the friendliest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.
A LITTLE BIT ON GIGI BANDFor those new to this Indonesian band, Gigi has been around since 1994 with a few member shifts in their history. The band plays what they call 'free pop' music. Armand's unique husky voice, the talented skills of the band players and musical influences such as jazz, rock and pop create the essence of Gigi's music.
Contrary to popular belief, Gigi is not a 'rock' band; the band feels that the genre describes their music too rigidly. In short Gigi is a free-spirited band that writes and plays whatever music suits their mood at the time.
The ganteng Gigi guys made a stop in Malaysia to promote their latest and 8th album, Salam Kedelapan. In commemoration of the new album, a concert performance took place at Cheras, Kuala Lumpur on Friday (26-Sept). After Malaysia, Gigi will return home to continue with their concert tour across various cities in Indonesia.
MEETING GIGIGigi was scheduled for an interview at one of the radio stations at work, so I decided to drop by and take some photos for all you GigiKita (Gigi fans). I am never one to miss out on an opportunity to document Indonesian music-related material for my website, particularly musicians whose albums I have been collecting for years.
Arriving at the studio, I could see that it was about to burst at its seams with the amount of people inside accompanying Gigi band, from their photographers to label representatives. The radio studio is not that small, really; it's very comfortable to hold three or four guest artists plus the DJ. However if you have close to 10 people in there then it starts to become an issue for claustrophobics!
For the duration of the radio interview, Armand, Thomas, Budjana and Budhy were constantly making jokes and everyone was really jovial with the radio DJ; there was hardly a dull moment. Fighting to keep my silence in the studio, I fought to urge to laugh along.
When the interview was over, I went down to the cafeteria to see the band members while they had their coffee break. Armed with a marker and their newest album which I had just miraculously obtained, I asked the guys if they'd sign my new Gigi album. They cheerfully answered, "Ya boleh, boleh, boleh!" I pulled up a chair next to them and the signing marathon began!
On a more solemn note, I conveyed to Budhy my salam takziah (condolences) on the recent loss of his mother in Bandung. I told him I knew about it from a friend's website. Budhy smiled appreciatively and thanked me for the thoughts.
Thomas was not inside having coffee like the rest; he was outside having a smoke, so the guys amiably shooed me to go out to meet the bassist (if I wasn't a girl, I daresay they would have engaged in some horseplay and physically kicked my behind to get me moving). There he was in nongkrong pose with his rokok (Indonesia sekali). Thomas saw me from a distance waving my Gigi poster and instantly knew what I came to see him for.
Someone recently ask me to recommend him some good Indonesian guitarists he should listen to, so I decided to seek Thomas' wisdom in naming me a few. He mentioned a few who were playing for several bands: Eet from Edane, Pay from bip, Coki from Netral, Gigi's very own band guitarist, Budjana (who has own solo albums), and this other fellow whom I had just heard of: Balawan.
Thomas kept saying with much admiration, "Wah asli jago banget itu orang (the guy's an expert)," and mentioned that the Balinese musician played his guitar with a method called double tapping which apparently resembles piano playing.
I was further intrigued in learning that Balawan fuses Balinese gamelan music with jazz, so this player is definitely on my wish list of albums to get from Indonesia. I mean, how cool is that? I've always loved gamelan music, so serene and mystic. Dewa Budjana apparently helped out with Balawan's album too.
After this enlightening session with Thomas, Armand, Budhy and Budjana along with the people who managed them came out from the building to leave for the stadium where they were scheduled to conduct a sound check before their Friday concert. As they took their seats in their vehicle, the guys smiled and waved at me furiously before rumbling down the road to their exit.
Two Photo Albums and One Video Clip!
Zack managed to capture a 2-minute video during Gigi's concert on Friday night. The guys were playing Perihal Cinta. The audio is not the greatest of quality, according to Zack, as he was too near the amplifyer, but the video is worth checking out if you're a die-hard Gigi fan.
Special thanks to Siryn and Zack for sharing their concert photos and video with everyone.
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|WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT An Afternoon with Gigi Band!:|
#110. GW NGGAK TERIMA KALAU ARMAND NAMA ALIASNYA MANTO SUMANTO...
Posted by rieka on 26-Apr-2007, 16:19 MYT
#109. who's the best rocker in indonesian until now...??? euweh deui ngan ARMAND MAULANA!!!, Gigi is the best n' cool group,keep moving guys!!!, cari album yang 2x2 susah euy,plis cariin solusi, iam crazy bout that album!, btw, kpn buku biograpi nya keluar?, GIGI!!!
#108. Hai...GIGI...aku yulie di Bali...
#107. i like thomas.gw ngefans bgt ama loe
#106. kapan konser di Majalengka?
#105. Gigi - Pintu Surga
#104. Halo Gigi yang makin hari makin OK aja!!Buat Kang Armand yang keren abiz... Gayanya di atas panggung gak pernah mati!!
#103. Assalamualaikum to all muslim friend..hey im sakinah from Brunei & fanatik of GIGI since they first album till this time. wish bisa GIGI datang ke Brunei buat concert di disini..pls..pls..pl s come to Brunei Darussalam GIGI..I love GIGI specially Armand Maulana...Love you...
#102. halo gigi.........gm,n kbrny? kpn k smarang lg kangen nih..... bawain lagu ngerocknya donnnnnnnnn.... kmarin kan lagu rohani. aku ngefans bgt ma kalian coz performance kalian yg luar biasa..... armand.... suara kmu tuh ngebass bgt kya bledek........duarrr rrrrrrr suara kmu tetap seimbang walaupun kmu lg loncat, nungging, ko bsa sih sgitu tahannyaaaaaaa? apa sih rahasianya.? tomas.....gaya kmu loh pas lg pegang bass........rasanya pengen nampol kmu.....coz gokillllll bgt. budjana........ kaleme polllllll.........tp salut bgt apalg pas lg akustikan....wuih. budy....... top bgt mainnya....... pkonya apa aja yg positif bwt gigi dehhhhhhhhhh........ . denger gigi pas bangun tidur trus ngopi........aduh tentram bgt..... apalg the bestnya ... cobain aj
#101. ...Alouw semuanya!!!Sebelum nanya lebih banyak ma GIGI, gmn kabar kalian?masih tetep fit kan?Mau nanya keGIGI langkah awal apa yg kalian coba untuk seperti sekarang ini?and pengalaman apa aja yg sudah kalian pelajari selama ini, apa sudah ada perubahan dalam segi musik terutama???Kalo ak liat memang udah ada perubahan dlm segi musiknya, emank knp?Terus terang ak juga dah suka ama GIGI sejak ak dibangku SMP sampai sekarang,&ak suka ama GIGI itu dalam hal karakter musiknya yg dipenuhi performance masing2.Sebetulnya ak juga pengin belajar pengalaman yg dari kalian yg sudah kalian dapatkan juga, Ya..dari pengalaman musik, maupun dari karakter kalian.REverensi lg2 GIGI banyak didapatkan dari pengalaman apa aja rata2?&Ngomong2 kalian punya basecamp dimana sekarang???Apa kalian masih suka kumpul ama tmn2 selain GIGI???
#100. My All Time Fav GROUP
#99. aLLow...aLLow..aLLow .. bingUng biNguNg kU memikirnya KudU NgomoNg aP sOaLnya Gigi dA Best Lha pOqona mAh!
#98. hallo GIGI i love u so much. mau nggak kasih aq poster ato kaos kalian. susuh banget ni biar bisa dapat poster ato kaos kalian...!!! plissss!!! gratis boleh kan???
#97. aku gigikit@ dari Indonesia k'lo ada temen2 dari malaysia yg mau gabung ama anak2 gigikit@ gabung aja ke anak2 gigikit@ indonesia!!OKE!!!!
#96. gi2 sbuah band yg pling gw ska! skrg mkin kren dg lagu2 islam aransemenNa! yg kmaren prnah diisuin mo bbar? tp skrg solid lg! good luck gigi....... armand lo styleNa kren abis aksi panggungNa luar biasa, thomas so cool, dewa ga da duaNa, hendy cuaemmmmm abis................ .
#95. gw paling demen sama bujana..
#94. Wajar bila terucap namamu malam ini, bukan sekedar hanya dalam diri sendiri.....
#93. gw faNs brat ma GIGI pa LageE ma armand & Thomas aksi panggung tu b2 kren abisssssssssssstp ko ArMand Tega seh nInggalin GIGI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! pLEASe jgn Bubar yaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!
#92. ko gi2 bbar seh armand jgn gto dunk ksian ma thomas, dEwa BudJaNa, & heNdee
#91. hi! gigi is high quality indonesian band so stay in indonesian music
#90. i like thomas...hahahhaha
#89. gw pngin bisa main band kayak Gigi gt lochhhh....
#88. The bast band
#87. band gigi kayanya udah mau bubar tuh!!! soalnya si vokalis. Armand, lagi ke amrik..... kabarnya sih lagi ikutan reality shownya acara di sana yang mau cari vokalis baru tuh!, ya.... kalo armand udah cabut dari GIGI gosipnya sih budjana, thomas, n hendy bakal bikin album ke-9 tau tuh judulnya apaan trus abis itu mereka bubar deh...mudah-mudahan kabar itu ga bener ya..., tapi kabar yang terakhir tuh bener banget lho..gue harap sih budjana masih bikin album solo yang berikutnya, setelah album "SAMSARA".....
#86. haloo....para fans gigi....gue ngidolain nih band dari SD,yah walaupun sekarang selera musik gue udah laen,tp gue saluttt ma nih band.top abisss.palagi THOMAS..cool dah!tp katanya armand mau cabut ke amrik...ya mudahan aja ga jadi...okey???
#85. gigi is the music of my contry.....
#84. hello GIGI.....gue bener2 suka ma klyan!!!gue slalu tonton konser2 klyan loh....abisnya gue kangen trus ma klyan, tetep semangat 'n makin sukses,ditunggu album barunya ya....eh, inget ya gue GIGIKITA abizzz......
#82. Ke New York lagi donk GIGI band
#81. GIGI..... whut a cool band!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!
#80. semuanya... tolongin gw dunk...masuk ke gigionline gimana sech??? gw dah klik lampunya, mukanya satu-persatu, gambar cdnya, huruf GIGInya tapi tetep ga bisa masuk..mana yang salah ya??? untuk yang perduli sama sesama manusia, berhati mulia, rajin menabung, pandai memasak, suka membantu ibu pls bales ke fanani_inayati@yahoo .com
#79. asyik review indonesian musics ja, how bout malaysian musics review?
#77. hallo semua gw sebagian pecinta n penggemar gigi lhooo'' gw suka cekalee ma mereka karena selalu kompak dan laen dari yang lain. diliat dari kostum n aksesoris nya juga ok banyeeeeet apalagi klo liat gayanya Arman ama thomas tuh kadang gw suka berhayal gw pengen jadi kayak mereka gitu lhoooo trus ama tabuhan bedugnya budhy n sang gitaris andalan gw Dewa bujana hehe seru abizzzzzzzzzzzz
#76. aku tuh seneng bwanget sama lagunya GIGI yang judulnya Terbang.disitu kang Armand kya temen gw ""HELMI".Pokonya dari suaranya,gayanya,ram but SPIKEYnya,pokonya Saaammm.......maaaa Bwanget ! GIGI ga ada matinye.. Hidup GIGIkita.
#75. buat album videoklip gigi donk dari angan ampe cinta terakhir seluruh vid klip jangan ada yang lewat salu buat gigi
#74. GIGI....ruarrrr biasa
#73. gigi kapan ke yogya-nya, ada yang bisa kasih tahu gak Thomas dah merried atawa belon? thanks before
#72. GIGI kereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!
#70. hai gw baru aja nemuin album (kasetnya ) Gigi albim ke 4 ( 2x2). isinya keren banget. kalo' lo mo dibajkin hubungin gw ok. buat yg mo kenalan lewt e-mail gw aje ye
#69. armand maulana........ga ada matinya....
#68. temen-temen gue bilang gue mirip BGT ma kang ARMAN.Thank's BGT buat temen-temen+gank gue yang masih cinta ma GIGI.gIGIkita tetap hidup
#66. gigi rafa suka sangat sekali dengan gigi..... apalagi melihat arman....mirip wajah dengan kuralaut rafa(nick my boy friend) i love u.........
#65. woi .....! apa kabar gigifans
#64. gigi gw cinta mati ma loe..waktu peristiwa di UIN gw selamet karena maju ke samping panggung toek motoin thomas si ganteng itu..so thanks to Allah I'm save...kalo nggak mungkin gw kena runtuhan..yaaaa at least pitak-lah..eh Aa thomas gw boleh minta poto loe ga????
#63. hallo sy dety...sy dah lama banget ngefans ma band gigi,but gak tau kenapa buat dapetin posternya aja nyarinya susah banget
#61. gigi! rock on yo! salam metal ketjil,,,,,,,,,, kapan butuh drummer anyar? saya punya kenalan yang jago ngedrum,,, namanya andi,,,, gimana?
#59. piiiuuuwiiitttt..... ................ buat gigikita yang punya album 2x2, please hubungi aku, ok. byeeeeeee
#58. i love armand
#57. best aa.. band gigi,lagu semua sedap2..tapi nak dapatkan kord susah la..antar aa..
#54. eh ada yang tau gaak?
#53. watched Gigi on Perhargaan MTV performing 'Ku Cari Yg Kau Mahu' last ngt on Astro's MTV..pretty cool..hopefully can catch them during raya time (u know how raya can be with so many activities)..
#52. Buat gigi fans khususnya buat mereka di malaysia, ini ada brita gembira! Concert GIGI di msia akan di siar di Tv, Astro Ria tanggal 26 Nov jam 3.30pm!
#51. Bagi dunia kau mungkin seseorang
#50. hello firman..check email kamu yah!
#49. allow anak2 gig
#47. saw them on beat tv last nite....hehe miss u guys!!
#46. Beat TV on channel Astro Ria (4) will be doing a scoop on Gigi's recent concert in Cheras. Check it out during these days and times.
#45. thank you gmie for that fantastic picture of samoth floating yah!! great pic man!! is that really u budj?
#44. helo all GIGI fans!!!
#42. Fairy, appreciate reply on principle of your focus in this web..Also, makasih kerna introduce 'Balawan' ke gw..Thought heard the name before somewhere..gw harap bisa nongkrong trus di Mahdzan.com yg keren nich..cuman gw kecewa kerna gak bs nonton 'The Groove' di Plaza Indonesia kemarin..waktu itu gw telat cuman 10 menit aja..kamu udah nonton mereka?..
#41. Ah, Gigi. One of the best and most consistent Indonesian bands around, and definitely one of the best live acts (though Armand sometimes overdoes it for my tastes...but hey, what do I know?).
#40. jazzmate, I am not interested in putting up charts and things like that. Those are frivolous things you can get on major music websites. I have my own focus and way of doing things around Mahdzan.com.
#39. Fairy, why not put a list of Top Ten songs in Indonesia on weekly basis..I'm sure you'll be happy coz there'll be a lot of Dewa & Padi there..GIGI, however not so often 'the chosen one'..any more info on Balawan..the link info was too short
#38. Hi sofea, salam kenal juga.
#37. haie..wanna hie say hi to fairy.. i am nu here.. hope to be fren wit all of u guys..walau gimana pun..apa yang mau dikatakan..GIGi dan konsernya..kren bangat..sungguh..suk a..
#36. To all Gigi and Fairy fans out there!
#35. hehe sorry...stress n bored..
#34. ms/mr bottled_tea, mbak fai tu lam yearly schedule die sure ada trip to indo. so.. jeng jeng jeng
#33. Settle down Siryn. Excitednye dia.
#32. hebattt loeeee fairy!!! udagh ada yg minta autograph!! pheeeeeewittttttt!!!
#31. Hmm, food at Indonesian malls and hotels? I don't really think about it, where possible I eat as inexpensively as my pockets can go. I try to avoid eating fastfood in Indo bcoz wtf, I can eat that crap here in Msia. But as Ana says, it's relatively expensive to eat at posh places in Jkt. Which is why I avoid it like the plague. Heck it's expensive to eat food at any posh place, regardless of country.
#30. any news on upcoming indo concert that will b held in msia? gw dah missed both gigi & dewa concert... at least kalau tau awal2, bleh prepare duit balik msia jap... eh fairy, can i have ur autograph on one of your emptied tetra pack teh botol ?
#29. food court in mall, franchise restaurant, cafe' & classy restaurant are expensive.... bener ngga mbak Fai..hehehe
#28. assalamualaikum fairy ... been visiting ur site for quite a while, tapi tak pernah post aper2 pon... anyway ur life seems very interesting, so i tabib salute kat u! just wondering when r u going to indonesia again?, may i tag along? tak reti lahhh jalan sorang2...
#27. I remember had Marlin ikan bakar and dinner at Warung Doel (milik Rano Karno) di KTS..However, don't you think food is more expensive in JKT??..at the mall though not the street vendors..next time you go, compare food court at Plaza Senayan & Mal Taman Anggrek with KLCC..
#26. Hi fairy, wau....bestnya lepak ngan gigi..
#25. Hi Jazzmate, to my knowledge KTS has been closed since last year. That's what my Indonesian friends said lah. I sure had some good times there.
#24. fairy, got to this website link from yahoo groups or something (can't remember),but loved it..mcmn you can be so obsessed with Indon huh?..anyway, like you said..either love it or hate it..how I wished I'm in Jakarta now, enjoying great jazz at The Jamz..Is KTS still exist??..
#23. fuiiiyyyyyyyyoooooo. ..
#21. Discovered your site thru' Nizam Zakaria's blog. Never knew about this site before but now, I'm hooked!
#20. hehe told ya i'm not good in writing...sila ajar mbak fairy!!! heehehe sifo gede ku! hahahahhaa
#19. Siryn, good for you. Sungguh rojak tulisan kau. BM ada, BI ada, BIndo ada.
#18. Hai Im.. hehehheh sori ler tak tegur kemaren. I tot I saw someone familiar tapi macam tak ingat cos ramai sangat sheilagank yg sape I so macam blur gitu..
#17. perghhh fairy...hehehhe byk dah ek org masuk web ko...eh seen GIGI new updated website? hehehe they put my review there...
#16. Im, I was inside the studio masa DJ Era announced your name menang CD! Terbeliak mata dengar nama macam familiar je.. Im Anuar. Alamak member kita lah! Haha. Congrats ya mbak.
#14. hi all.....
#13. uiks.. tambah ramei nih penggemar fairy.mahdzan.com .
#12. Bagas, kan sudah banyak artikel saya mention ttg kotamu. Lagi pula it's mentioned in this article Gigi Berumur 8 Tahun that Armand is "cowok kelahiran Bandung."
#11. Fai, can't you mention 'Bandung' in your Indonesian music article? (big nose)
#10. Ehehehe...best nyeee...ehehehhe.... ..which one is the vid neeway?
#9. yeah!!! GIGI rocks... I love Armand's attitude on stage..heheehehe he got great voice and the night was just perfect to chill out..
#8. hey.....thanks for the pix....
#7. he he he.... nice work.....
#6. arghhhh GIGI!!!!!!!!!!!!! heheheheh
#5. This article has been updated today with one new photo album of Gigi's concert photos and a video clip taken during the concert in KL Friday night! Enjoy all you Gigi fans!
#4. didn't had the chance to meet them personally but i went on to their concert even though i was an hour late and got lost two times on the way. but it's okay.
#3. Siryn, click on the photo album link lah. It's there. Tu lah, excited sangat.
#2. eh mana photo album?!?!?! i met zack at the concert..dia dtg lambat..10.30 tuh hehehehe
#1. hello helloooo...hehehe i really miss them!! they performed a great show last night! I just cant believe that I finally watched their concert after years of admiring their music ! Bravo! Bravo! Cuma aku frust dtg lambat kat klia...so frustrated.. didnt say goodbye to them..toyer jek muka aku bila tengok Lion Airline depart..sedey sedey!! last night is still like a dream...it is such a wonderful xperience and I love Them so so so much...ever la pulak kan! hahahaha
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