Profile

(you can click the ” i ” button for the complete bio of each member of the band)

Bio

[img src=http://whiteshoesandthecouplescompany.org/web/wp-content/flagallery/bio/thumbs/thumbs_wstcc_patungpaktani_photokeketumbuan-poladroid.jpg]6033Hello!
We Are White Shoes & The Couples Company<br />making great music since 2002 and still going.<br />For the love of youth.
[img src=http://whiteshoesandthecouplescompany.org/web/wp-content/flagallery/bio/thumbs/thumbs_1-mr-john_sabdaalam-poladroid.jpg]5891 John Navid a.k.a Lau Kun Sin
(drums, vibes)<br />Nickname: John<br />Birthday: 10 September 1981<br />Zodiac: Virgo<br />Occupation: Music Teacher, Musician<br />
[img src=http://whiteshoesandthecouplescompany.org/web/wp-content/flagallery/bio/thumbs/thumbs_1-mr-ricky_sabdaalam-poladroid.jpg]5000Ricky Surya Virgana
(cello, bass, backing vocals)<br />Nickname: Ricky<br />Birthday : 24 Agustus 1981<br />Zodiac: Virgo<br />Occupation : Musician, Orchestra Player, a Husband & a Father<br />
[img src=http://whiteshoesandthecouplescompany.org/web/wp-content/flagallery/bio/thumbs/thumbs_1-mr-riofarabi_sabdaalam-poladroid.jpg]5080Yusmario Farabi
(acoustic guitar, backing vocals)<br />Nickname: Rio<br />Birthday: 11 June 1982<br />Zodiac: Gemini<br />Occupation: Visual Artist, Musician<br />
[img src=http://whiteshoesandthecouplescompany.org/web/wp-content/flagallery/bio/thumbs/thumbs_1-mr-saleh_sabdaalam-poladroid.jpg]4832Saleh Husein
(electric guitar, backing vocals)<br />Nickname: Ale<br />Birthday: 21 March 1982<br />Zodiac: Aries<br />Occupation: a Painter, Musician<br />
[img src=http://whiteshoesandthecouplescompany.org/web/wp-content/flagallery/bio/thumbs/thumbs_1-mrs-mela_sabdaalam-poladroid.jpg]5430Aprimela Prawidiyanti
(piano, keyboards, viola, backing vocals)<br />Nick Name: Mela<br />Birthday: 26 April 1982<br />Zodiac: Taurus<br />Occupation: Musician, Music Teacher, a Housewife & a Mother<br />
[img src=http://whiteshoesandthecouplescompany.org/web/wp-content/flagallery/bio/thumbs/thumbs_1-ms-sari_sabdaalam-poladroid.jpg]5430Aprilia Apsari
(vocals, finger snaps)<br />Nickname: Sari<br />Birthday: 18 April 1981<br />Zodiac: Aries<br />Occupation: Visual Artist, Song Writer, Musician<br />

A BAND THAT INFLUENCED BY INDONESIAN MOVIES SOUNDTRACK FROM THE 70’S AND INSPIRED BY ACOUSTIC SPIRIT OF 1930’S CLASSIC JAZZ MUSICIANS. UPDATED WITH CLASSIC STRINGS ARRANGEMENTS, RETRO DISCO BEAT, EASY LISTENING ACOUSTIC BALLADS, AND SOME TUNES FROM VINTAGE KEYBOARD TOYS THAT MADE IN 1970’S.

White Shoes & The Couples Company ARE:

Aprilia Apsari : VOCAL, FINGER SNAPS

Rio Farabi   : ACCOUSTIC GUITAR, VOCAL

Saleh Husein : ELECTRIC GUITAR, VOCAL

Ricky Surya Virgana : KONTRA BASS, CELLO, BASS, VOCAL

Aprimela Prawidyanti : PIANO, VIOLA, SYNTH, KEYBOARDS, VOCAL

John Navid : DRUMS, VIBES

 

Profil

White Shoes & The Couples Company adalah sebuah kelompok musik yang membawakan musik Pop Indonesia. Musiknya banyak dipengaruhi oleh lagu-lagu soundtrack film layar lebar yang populer pada era 1940’an hingga akhir 1970’an, semacam classic jazz, disco, easy listening ballads dan lain sebagainya, White Shoes & The Couples Company adalah group musik yang meramu segala macam genre musik dalam setiap penampilannya.

White Shoes & The Couples Company terbentuk pada tahun 2002 disebuah kampus kesenian dibilangan Jakarta Pusat. Dua mahasiswa Seni Rupa, Aprilia Apsari (Sari) & Yusmario Farabi (Rio) memutuskan untuk membuat sebuah grup musik, dengan mengajak teman dekat satu fakultas mereka yang bernama Saleh. Maka terbentuklah formasi pertama grup musik  White Shoes & The Couples Company. Sari pada posisi vokal & violin, Rio pada posisi gitar rythm serta Saleh pada posisi gitar melodi. Atas dasar kebutuhan, kemudian Sari & Rio mengajak sepasang suami istri dari fakultas musik, Ricky pada posisi Bass & Cello serta Mela pada posisi Keyboard, Piano & Viola. Terakhir Ricky mengusulkan untuk merekrut kenalannya, John Navid  yang juga dari fakultas musik menduduki posisi drummer.

White Shoes & The Couples Company kemudian merilis debut albumnya pada tahun 2005 lewat label Aksara Records dan didistribusikan oleh Universal Music Indonesia. Selain itu White Shoes & The Couples Company juga turut mengisi album soundtrack film “Janji Joni” dan “Berbagi Suami” produksi Kalyana Shira Films.

Setelah sukses dengan album perdananya, White Shoes & The Couples Company memproduksi mini album (EP) berjudul ”Skenario Masa Muda” yang dirilis oleh Aksara Records pada bulan September 2007. Mini album kali ini berjalan berkesinambungan dengan pergerakan melestarikan filem Indonesia masa lalu yang bekerjasama dengan Kineforum(Komite Film Dewan Kesenian Jakarta) dan Pusat Arsip Film Sinematek Indonesia.

White Shoes & The Couples Company juga telah menandatangani kontrak dengan Minty Fresh Records, sebuah label rekaman yang berasal dari Chicago, Amerika Serikat.
Sebelumnya, di bulan Januari 2007, pihak Minty Fresh Records bertemu dengan Aksara Records, yang kemudian sepakat memberikan lisensi kepada Minty Fresh untuk merilis album pertama White Shoes & The Couples Company.
Pada bulan September 2007 lalu, Minty Fresh Records merilis album pertama White Shoes & The Couples Company di lima wilayah yaitu Amerika Serikat, Mexico, Kanada, Australia dan Jepang. Dalam album rilisan Minty Fresh ini, White Shoes & The Couples Company menambahkan 2 bonus lagu yaitu Kapiten & Gadis Desa, dan Sabda Alam.
Artis-artis yang tergabung dalam Minty Fresh antara lain The Cardigans, Tahiti 80, Veruca Salt, Liz Phair, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, Kahimi Karie, Komeda, Ivy, The Poems, dan Prototypes.

Profile

The band started as a trio in August 2002, in an art institute in central Jakarta. Two art school colleagues turn lover from the visual art faculty, Rio (Yusmario Farabi) & Sari (Aprilia Apsari), decided to form a band together with their fellow art school student named Saleh (Saleh Hussein). This was the first formation of White Shoes & The Couples Company, which features Sari in vocal & violin, Rio on rhythm guitar and Saleh on melody guitar. The three of them made their first debut with this formation in a college event. However, the trio formation diverged from their original plan where actually Sari and Rio had keenly asked a married couple to join the band. The couple was Ricky (Ricky Surya Virgana) & Mela (Apri Mela Prawidyanti Virgana), both of whom studied classical music in the same art school.  Thus was the “Couple” aspect of the band’s name made plural.

Yet the couple was hard to meet since they were busy lecturing and covering for orchestras. Several months later, the couple agreed to join White Shoes & The Couples Company with Ricky on Bass and cello and Mela on viola, keyboards and piano.
The band remained a quintet for two years, until necessity required them to enlist a drummer for live shows. Enter percussionist/vibraphonist, John (JohnNavid), who joined the band in 2004, and evened out the lineup to three classical music students and three visual arts students.

www.whiteshoesandthecouplescompany.org

 

White Shoes & The Couples Company recorded their debut album comprising 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.

www.aksararecords.com

 

 

 

 

In the same year, White Shoes & The Couples Company has contributed one song in Original Movie Soundtrack “Janji Joni” produced by Kalyana Shira Films. The movie was a big hit in Indonesian Cinemas, and also the single from the band, titled “Senandung Maaf”, becoming a high rotation in every radio in Indonesia. Following this success, in 2006, White Shoes & The Couples Company join another production from Kalyana Shira Films in a movie “Berbagi Suami”. The band recorded two songs for this movie soundtrack.

www.kalyanashirafilms.com

 


White Shoes & The Couples Company 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.
We are honoured to be the part of Minty Fresh, and to be in the same label with other great artists that already there, 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.
www.mintyfresh.com

photo (above): Anggun Priambodo