Noah (band)

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For the Danish band duo, see Noah (duo). For other uses, see Noah (disambiguation).
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Background information
Origin Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Genres Pop, alternative rock, pop rock, space rock, grunge (early)
Years active 2000–2009
(as Peterpan)
(as Ariel, Uki, Lukman, Reza, David)
(as Noah)
Labels Musica Studios
Associated acts The Titans, Astoria
Past members
  • Andika
  • Indra
  • Reza

Noah (former name Peterpan and stylized as NOAH) is an Indonesian alternative pop/rock band. The band originally consisted of four members, known as Ariel (Nazril Irham), Uki, Lukman and David. Andika and Indra split from the band in 2006. David joined the band in 2008 bringing new color to their music. They are well known in Indonesia for their simple (sometimes poetic) lyrics, catchy beats and Ariel's voice.[1] Reza split from the band in 2014.

As of 2015, NOAH has sold more than 8.5 million albums in Indonesia only. And recognized as the best selling alternative pop/rock band.

1997: Beginnings as Topi[edit]

In 1997, Andika (Andika Naliputra Wirahardja) as keyboardist, formed a school band in Bandung, Indonesia. It was called Topi, with Uki (Mohammad Kautsar Hikmat) as guitarist, Ariel (Nazril Irham) as vocalist, Abel as bass player, and Ari as drummer. They mainly played British alternative rock until Ari withdrew from the group, and Topi broke up.

2000-2012: Formation as Peterpan[edit]

Andika regrouped former members of Topi in 2000. The drummer was replaced by Reza (Ilsyah Ryan Reza), a college student from Palu. Loekman (Loekman Hakim), a friend of Indra's elder brother, joined as their lead guitarist. Andika suggested Peterpan as the name for the band referring to Peter Pan, the character created by J. M. Barrie, an author (Other names they considered were Spiderman and X-Men). The band was formally founded on 1 September 2000. Peterpan played on Bandung streets and gigged in cafés, with the goal of becoming a house band in one of the city's cafés. They often covered alternative rock and rock songs, (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, U2, Creed, etc.) at O'Hara and Sapu Lidi cafés.

At Sapu Lidi the band was spotted by Noey, a producer who planned to release a compilation album. Peterpan recorded three demo songs: "Sahabat", "Mimpi yang Sempurna", and "Taman Langit". "Mimpi yang Sempurna" was chosen for the album, titled Kisah 2002 Malam. The album was commercially successful, selling a respectable 150,000 copies, and "Mimpi yang Sempurna" was given heavy rotation on Indonesian radio.

Musica Indonesia's top major label, offered Peterpan a contract, and in June 2003 their debut album, Taman Langit, was released. Their second album, Bintang Di Surga, was released in August 2004, selling 350,000 copies in two weeks. By the end of 2005, it had sold a remarkable 2.7 million copies.

Their third album was released in September 2005, the soundtrack for the Rexinema movie, Alexandria. The album was titled Menunggu Pagi, and the formal release was covered simultaneously by Indonesia's six top national TV stations. The soundtrack album included five new songs for the film and renditions of five of their songs from Bintang Di Surga. Peterpan collaborated with veteran Indonesian pop singer, Chrisye, on "Menunggumu", which was then used as the theme song for the Indonesian soap opera, Liontin.


In November 2006, Andika and Indra split with the rest of the band, with both sides citing musical differences. According to Ariel, there were problems since the making of their first album. Indra had also just lost his child. Andika and Indra joined a new band named The Titans, and signed with international label EMI Music Indonesia, releasing a self-titled album and a single, "Rasa Ini" (This Feeling).

In 2007, the remaining members of Peterpan released the album, Hari Yang Cerah, which failed to sell as well as their debut. In 2008, David Albert joined Peterpan as keyboard player.

The agreement under, which Andika and Indra left the band allowed the remaining members to continue using the name Peterpan through the end of 2008.[2]

In early 2008, the band announced that they would be changing their name, stating that their 2008 studio album, Sebuah Nama Sebuah Cerita, would be their last under the name Peterpan. The album mostly consists of popular hits from the band's history, with four new songs: "Walau Habis Terang", "Kisah Cintaku" (a cover of Chrisye's song), "Dilema Besar", and "Tak Ada Yang Abadi".

Setting a record

Amidst their tight schedule in 2003-2004, which climaxed on 18 July 2004, Peterpan planned to perform in six cities in Indonesia in only 24 hours.[1] The concerts were titled "Konser Breaking Record", listed in Museum Rekor Indonesia (MURI, Indonesian Museum of Record), and included concerts on two Indonesian major islands: Sumatra and Java. The concerts started on 18 July in Medan in North Sumatra Province, Padang, Pekanbaru, Lampung, Semarang in Central Java Province, and finally ended at Surabaya in Eastern Java Province.

Sex tape scandal[edit]

In 2010, Ariel was arrested for violating Indonesian anti-pornography laws, when videos which appear to be of himself having sex were circulated on the internet,[3] after his laptop was reportedly stolen.[4]

In January 2011, Bandung's District Court sentenced Ariel to three and a half years imprisonment after testimonies by digital forensic experts confirmed that Ariel was the male counterpart in the sex tape scandal, involving Luna Maya and Cut Tari, and that he was responsible for the creation of the videos.[5] In April, an appeal to the High Court was rejected, with judges deciding unanimously to uphold the sentence given by the District Court.[6]

2012-present: Renaming as Noah[edit]

The band decided to rename itself Noah starting 2 August 2012. The former name Peterpan Band also denoted longevity and everlasting youth as well. To emphasize the change of name promotional materials and some releases were called Noah Known as Peterpan Band

Ariel (Nazril Irham), Uki, Reza, Lukman, and David released a new album called Suara Lainnya. It launched in a private concert dubbed as "Konser Tanpa Nama", or the "Concert Without a Name", as they haven’t settled on a new name yet. Suara Lainnya is the band’s first instrumental album, and it contains 11 tracks. All but one of them were taken from the group’s previous albums and recomposed in a different style with some ethnic and classic touches. The group collaborated with other musicians, including a traditional Sundanese music group, Karinding Attack, who added some ethnic flare. Indonesian violin maestro, Idris Sardi added a classical touch in "Taman Langit" as did violinist, Hendry Lamiri, in several other tracks. The instrumental concert is said to be the first of its kind in Indonesia.[7]

On 15–16 September 2012, Noah had a concert in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and finally ended in Jakarta. Here, they have broken their second MURI Record: Concert in 2 Continents, 5 Countries in 24 hours, after their first MURI Record: Concert 6 cities in 24 Hours in 2004. At the same day, they also released their new album called Seperti Seharusnya. The album had sold more than 200,000 copies in just 3 days. As of December 2012, the following album had sold more than 1,300,000 copies. By 19 February 2013, Noah received a Multi-Platinum Awards from Musica Studio's & Swara Sagkar Emas.


Year Album Sales figures Certification
as Peterpan
2003 Taman Langit 850,000 5x Platinum
2004 Bintang di Surga 3,200,000 21x Platinum
2005 OST Alexandria 1,200,000 8x Platinum
2007 Hari Yang Cerah 900,000 6x Platinum
2008 Sebuah Nama Sebuah Cerita 580,000 4x Platinum
as Noah
2012 Seperti Seharusnya 1,900,000 Multi-Platinum
2014 Second Chance TBD TBD

Music Videos[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

English translation Given by Dates
Rookie of the Year Majalah Hai (Hai Magazine) 2002
Most Popular Newcomer - Band/Group SCTV Music Award 2004
Triple Platinum Album: "Taman Langit" Musica Studios Indonesia 2004
Record for Performing in Six Cities in 24 Hours MURI (Museum of Indonesian Records) 18 July 2004 - 19 July 2004
Favorite Indonesian Artist MTV Asia Awards February 2005
Most Popular Pop Album - Band/Group SCTV Music Award May 2005
Most Popular Song SCTV Music Award May 2005
Most Popular Band SCTV Music Award August 2005
Most Sold Album of the Year: "Bintang di Surga" MTV Asia Awards September 2005
Best Pop Song - Band/Group: "Ada Apa Denganmu" AMI Awards November 2005
Best Pop Song: "Ada Apa Denganmu" AMI Awards November 2005
Best Alternative Song - Band/Group: "Ku Katakan dengan Indah" AMI Awards November 2005
Best Album: "Bintang di Surga" AMI Awards November 2005
Best Album Art: "Bintang di Surga" AMI Awards November 2005
Best Production Work: "Bintang di Surga" AMI Awards November 2005
Favorite Indonesian Artist MTV Asia Awards April 2006
Most Popular Pop Album - Band/Group SCTV Music Award May 2006
Video Of The Year: "Bintang Di Surga" MTV Indonesia Award 2006
Best Contribution Award Asia Song Festival Korea September 2007
The Best Video Clip Dahsyatnya Award RCTI April 2009
The Best Band Dahsyatnya Award RCTI April 2009
The Best Song: "Kukatakan Dengan Indah" Rolling Stone Magazine 2009
Most Favorite Band Kids Choice Award Indonesia 2009
Most Inspiring Artist MTV Indonesia Award November 2009
Concert 5 Countries, 2 Continents, 24 Hours MURI Record 16 September 2012
Best Video Clip: "Dara" INBOX Awards 2012 28 September 2012
Band of The Year Yahoo! OMG Awards 26 November 2012
Most Popular Band SCTV Music Award 30 November 2012
Sexiest Male Celebrity: "Ariel" Insert Awards 19 November 2012
Star of the Year Tabloid Bintang 29 December 2012
Best Band 100% Ampuh Awards 16 January 2013
Best Pop Song: "Separuh Aku" 100% Ampuh Awards 16 January 2013
The Best Band Dahsyatnya Award RCTI 21 January 2013
The Most Awaited Performance Infotainment Awards 1 February 2013
Most Phenomenal Entertainment Events: Concert 5 Countries, 2 Continents & 24 Hours Infotainment Awards 1 February 2013
Most Attractive Male Celebrity: "Ariel" Infotainment Awards 1 February 2013
Multi Platinum Awards: "Seperti Seharusnya" (Sold 1 Million Copies) Musica Studio's & Swara Sangkar Emas 19 February 2013
Most Popular Band SCTV Music Award 29 April 2013
Best Band Vocalist: "Ariel" SCTV Music Award 29 April 2013
Best Keyboard Player: "David" SCTV Music Award 29 April 2013
Nominated: "Separuh Aku" Klik Awards 16 May 2013
Best Band Nickelodeon Indonesia Kids' Choice Awards 14 June 2013
Best Duo/Pop Group AMI Awards 2 July 2013
Best Producer/ Music Stylist: "Separuh Aku" AMI Awards 2 July 2013
Best Pop Urban AMI Awards 2 July 2013
Best Record Album Producer AMI Awards 2 July 2013
Best Pop Album: "Seperti Seharusnya" AMI Awards 2 July 2013
Best of the best Album: "Seperti Seharusnya" AMI Awards 2 July 2013
Best Band Anugrah Planet Muzik 18 October 2013
Most Popular Band SCTV Awards 2013 29 November 2013
The Best Pop Hai Magazine Reader’s Poll Music Award December 2013
The Most Widely Played Song (9125 Times Rotation in a Year) Ardan (Radio) Group Award 23 December 2013

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b peterpan
  2. ^ Prodita Sabarini (2008-12-14), "Peterpan's Last Flight", The Jakarta Post (Jakarta) 
  3. ^ Vaswani, Karishma (25 June 2010). "Sex tape charges for Indonesian star Nazril Irham". BBC News, Jakarta. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  4. ^ McPherson, Kate (21 June 2010). "Sex tape stirs Indonesian internet censorship debate". Radio Australia News. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Tri Suwarni, Yuli and Dipa, Arya (1 February 2011). The Jakarta Post [online].
  6. ^ Tri Suwarni, Yuli (26 April 2011). The Jakarta Post [online].
  7. ^ Ade Mardiyati (29 May 2012). The Jakarta Globe [online].

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