Maliq & D'Essentials
|Maliq & D'Essentials|
Left to Right: Lale, Widi, Indah, Angga, Jawa and Ilman
|Genres||Jazz funk, jazz rock, funk, funk rock, neo soul, soul rock, nu-disco, funktronica, blue-eyed soul, rock, pop|
|Labels||Warner Music Indonesia (2002–2011)
Organic Records (2012–present)
|Associated acts||Twentyfirst Night, The Boogiemen, Sir Dandy, Rock n Roll Mafia, The Upstairs|
Maliq & D'Essentials is a jazz and soul music based band located in Jakarta, Indonesia. Since their appearance in the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival in 2005, Maliq & D'Essentials popularity has increased, especially among young people in Jakarta.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Band Members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Awards and Nominations
- 5 References
Maliq & D'Essentials was conceived on May 15, 2002 with 8 personnels under a genre they call organic music. The name MALIQ itself is an acronym from Music And Live Instrument Quality as the brainchild of brothers Angga & Widi Puradiredja (the group’s vocalist and drummer, respectively; as well as producer, composer and arranger for the group). The completion of the band became full circle with the presence of Indah & Dimi (vocals), Ifa (keys), Jawa (bass), Satrio (guitars) and Amar (horns). The group started out performing soul and soul-inspired music at different lounges and cafes in Jakarta. The first two years they went through was a solidification process for the group; as well as a way to introduce soul and/or soulful-inspired music to the Indonesian public; as it is yet to be widely known at the time of the group’s establishment.
Come 2004, Maliq & D'Essentials officially became part of the Indonesian music recording industry with the release of their premiere album, 1st Maliq & D'Essentials with the single “Terdiam”. A second single, “Untitled”, soon followed and became the hit song that put the group on the map. The third single from their premiere album, “Sampai Kapan”, is a collaboration with Malaysian songstress Camelia. The fourth and final single from 1st Maliq & D'Essentials is entitled “Kangen”. By 2006, the group released a repackaged version of their premiere album entitled 1st Maliq & D'Essentials Special Edition with a hit single entitled “The One”. At the same time, Dimi one of the vocalist decided to leave the band to pursue a solo career. The group’s first record had not only given them a name for themselves in the Indonesian music industry, but also gave way to their rise to fame in neighboring countries of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam.
By this time, the group has achieved so many as a new artist: whether commercially and critically, domestically and regionally. They were nominated for and/or won many awards such as MTV Indonesia Music Awards, Anugerah Planet Muzik, AMI Awards, & MTV Asia Awards.
2007-08: Free Your Mind
In early 2007, Maliq & D'Essentials released their sophomore record, Free Your Mind with a hit single entitled “Heaven”; followed by “Beri Cinta Waktu” as a second single not long after. Two more noteworthy achievements happened during this particular time. The first was being awarded Best Jazz Album for Free Your Mind in the 2008 AMI Awards. The second was a soundtrack for a major motion picture. Thus, two singles from Free Your Mind (Repackaged) (released early 2008) “Dia” & “Kau Yang Bisa”, became the original soundtrack for the movie Claudia/Jasmine.
2009: Mata Hati Telinga
Around this time, the group went through another change in their core personnel. After Dimi’s departure around 2006; Satrio, the group’s guitarist decided to leave and was quickly replaced by Arya Aditya Ramadhya, more widely known as “Lale”. By 2009, the group released their newest record entitled Mata Hati Telinga. Now the youngest member of Maliq & D’Essentials, Lale with his rock background had interestingly added another color to the group’s unique sound. The pop-rock up-tempo song “Pilihanku” was chosen as the first single from the third album. It was somewhat different than what the public would know of Maliq & D'Essentials; although the group’s color never faded away from the newly explored influences. Along with second single “Coba Katakan”, Maliq & D'Essentials was able to broaden the horizon of their listeners and/or fans. The third album Mata Hati Telinga also received the title as the Best Album 2009 by Rolling Stone Indonesia magazine.
Another milestone for the group; along with the release of Mata Hati Telinga album was the introduction of The One Management and Organic Records. It was created to accommodate the group with a comprehensive, open, secure, proper and prestigious management; along with a record company that would give them as much freedom to explore their music. In addition, through Organic Records Maliq & D'Essentials assumed the role of executive producers for great new talents such as Twentyfirst Night, Boogiemen, Soulvibe, Renita, Djemima, Sir Dandy, Rock n Roll Mafia and The Upstairs.
On March 2009, Maliq & D'Essentials performed for the fourth time at the 5th annual Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, after being absent the previous year. The performance featured The Organic All-Stars which included Twentyfirst Night, Boogiemen and Renita. Recorded live at the Jakarta Convention Centre, the performance became an addition to the group’s discography as a DVD distributed by early 2010.
Over the years of the group’s existence, they have developed a following of loyal fans, eventually named D’Essentials. By early 2009, a few months before the group’s 7th Anniversary, a formal D’Essentials Team was established. As a result, a premiere (and not to mention quite successful) collaboration between The One Management/Organic Records and D’Essentials happened at Maliq & D'Essentials “7th Year Celebration” to celebrate the group’s 7th Anniversary; as well as a form of appreciation to all D’Essentials who had been supporting them.
2010-11: The Beginning of a Beautiful Life
Their fourth album, The Beginning of a Beautiful Life was released to the market on June 2010, with the song "Terlalu" as the first single, followed by "Menari" and "Penasaran" as a second single and third single. At this time, Ifa, the group’s keyboardist decided to leave and was replaced by Ilman Ibrahim Isa, more widely known as “Ilman”.
In 2011, they had perform in Melbourne, Australia on May and a solo concert "Maliq & D'Essentials Live in Malaysia" at the KL Live, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December. The concert tickets were sold out by their fans in the country.
2012: Radio Killed the TV Stars
In 2012, Maliq & D'Essentials with some indie musicians from various genres of music participated in a compilation album titled Radio Killed The TV Star, which was released by The One Management and Organic Records. This compilation is a movement from indie musicians and indie record label for Indonesia's music industry. The musicians that have contributed in this album include Maliq & D'Essentials, Endah N Rhesa, Twentyfirst Night, Zore, The Upstairs, Rock 'N Roll Mafia, and others. The single from Maliq & D'Essentials from this compilation album was titled "Berlari dan Tenggelam".
Their fifth album Sriwedari was released on January 25, 2013. The first single from this album is "Setapak Sriwedari" and followed by the second single with a dangdut genre "Drama Romantika". Different from previous albums that smelled American Music, now Maliq & D'Essentials launches the album with a vintage feel. On behalf of the totality, the album was inspired by several classic British band, mastering a passing phase in the legendary studio where The Beatles worked on music, Abbey Road Studios. The fifth album also received the title as the one of the Best Album 2013 by Rolling Stone Indonesia magazine.
The launch of the album itself was launched in Gandaria City Mall, Jakarta with themed "Setapak Sriwedari Concert" on February 10, 2013 and attended by thousands fans of Maliq & D'Essentials. After "Setapak Sriwedari Concert" accomplished in Jakarta, the concert was also held in Java Jazz Festival, Bali, and Surabaya. In October 2013, they also perform a showcase "Maliq & D'Essentials Live in Singapore 2013" at The Home Club, Singapore to indulge their fans in the country.
After going through so many struggles, changes, trials & tribulations, as well as of course many successes, praises and appreciations, it is certain that Maliq & D'Essentials had taken all their experiences into account and will be able to turn it all into a form of art no less expected of them. After more than a decade, the group had significantly matured into an entity that is quite iconic in the Indonesian music industry.
Additional members (only when live perform)
Albums & EPs
|2006||1st Special Edition||
|2007||Free Your Mind||
|2008||Free Your Mind (Repackaged)||
|2009||Mata Hati Telinga||
|2010||The Beginning Of A Beautiful Life||
- "Tafakur" (2008, Kompilasi LCLM 2008)
- "Prasangka" (2011, A Tribute to KLa Project)
- "Berlari dan Tenggelam" (2012, Kompilasi Radio Killed The TV Stars #1)
- "MALIQ & D'ESSENTIALS feat. Organic All Stars - Live at the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2009" (2010)
- The Beginning Of A Beautiful Life, "a story yet to be told." (2010)
Awards and Nominations
|2006||"The One"||Best Production||Nominated|
|2008||"Heaven"||Best R&B Production||Nominated|
|2008||"Free Your Mind"||Best Jazz Album||Won|
|2009||"Dia"||Best R&B Production||Nominated|
|2010||"Terlalu"||Best R&B Production||Nominated|
|2011||"Maliq & D'Essentials"||Best Duo/Group Performance||Nominated|
|2011||"The Beginning of a Beautiful Life"||Best Jazz Album||Nominated|
|2011||"The Beginning of a Beautiful Life"||Best Graphic Design Album||Nominated|
|2013||"Prasangka"||Best Pop Duo/Group||Nominated|
|2006||"Maliq & D'Essentials"||Best New Duo/Group||Won|
|2011||"'Sampai Kapan' - Atilia & Maliq & D'Essentials"||Best Collaboration||Nominated|
|2011||"Terlalu"||Best Music Video||Nominated|
HAI Reader's Poll Music Awards
|2012||"Maliq & D'Essentials"||Best Stage Act||Nominated|
|2013||"Maliq & D'Essentials"||Best Pop||Nominated|
|2013||"Maliq & D'Essentials"||Best Stage Act||Nominated|
|2013||"Maliq & D'Essentials"||Best Costume||Nominated|
|2013||"Setapak Sriwedari"||Best Single||Nominated|
Indonesia Cutting Edge Music Awards (ICEMA)
|2010||"Mata Hati Telinga"||Favourite Album Packaging||Won|
|2010||"Pilihanku"||Favourite Pop Song||Nominated|
|2006||"Maliq & D'Essentials"||Most Favorite Artist Indonesia||Nominated|
|2005||"Maliq & D'Essentials"||Most Favorite New Artist||Nominated|
|2013||"Maliq & D'Essentials"||Best Group||Nominated|
- True, Chris. "Maliq & D'Essentials: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-20.