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Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Electronica,[1] rock, alternative rock, electronic rock, house, big beat
Years active 1994 - present
Associated acts Leftfield, The Prodigy, Pendulum, Propellerheads, Rednek, Kotak Band
Members Ollie Jacobs (lead vocals, keyboards)
Matt Hart (guitar)
Past members James Barnett
Lalo Creme
Sebastian Beresford

Arkarna are an English electronica/rock band, comprising singer-songwriter/programmer Ollie Jacobs and guitarist Matt Hart. Past members[2] included James Barnett, guitarist Lalo Creme (son of former 10cc and Godley and Creme member Lol Creme) and drummer Sebastian Beresford. Arkarna has enjoyed sold out tours in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, as well as various headlining festival slots. The band is noted for its energetic live performances and for fusing many music genres.

ARKARNA - Original Members, 1997


Formed by engineering prodigy Ollie Jacobs in England in the mid-1990s, and debuting in 1997 with the album Fresh Meat. Jacobs (Programmer and vocalist) had worked as an engineer and producer in his father's London studios, Rollover ,[3] from the age of 14. By the time he started the band, Jacobs had mixed for Dreadzone, Leftfield and Deep Forest.

Acoustic guitarist and backing vocalist James Barnett, formerly a member of Lunarci, recorded for Big Life Records and regularly appeared on the Megadog club scene. Lalo Creme, son of Lol Creme of Godley and Creme fame joined after playing guitar for a series of Trevor Horn sessions, Creme was directed to Rollover Studios where Jacobs and Barnett were in the process of crystallizing their musical ideas.

The trio were signed to WEA Records by Clive Black and Raz Gold in June 1995 and later released their debut single House on Fire and the album, Fresh Meat. During this period they took the first steps in performing live, hiring drummer Sebastian Beresford before enrolled him as the fourth member before their 1997 tour of Australia. As a four piece, they went on to tour across the world until after the release of their second album, The Family Album (2001).

In 2010, Arkarna joined forces with session musicians Tim Owen (drummer) and Dave Landers (bassist) to perform in front of over 30,000 fans for Java Rockin'land in Ancol Dreamland, Jakarta - Indonesia. They headlined alongside the Smashing Pumpkins and Stereophonics and were voted the festival favorite and instantly won the hearts of Indonesian youths across the nation.

New material started to appear in 2011 for their third album, the first single from which is entitled Left Is Best The sneak-peek promo video for Left Is Best first appeared on YouTube in December 2011.

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With millions of loyal fans in Indonesia, on October 20, 2014 Arkarna was invited back by Indonesian President Joko Widodo to perform live in front of over 250,000 people at the presidential inauguration in the National Monument MONAS - Jakarta.


There are about 69 million Indonesians on Facebook, and Jakarta is well-known[citation needed] as the world’s Twitter city. On August 17, 2015, the youth all over the country once again turned to the Internet, radio stations and TV networks[clarification needed] when Ollie Jacobs and Matt Hart were summoned back to Indonesia to launch a new single Kebyar-Kebyar [4] in Indonesian language to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Indonesian independence.


Some of Arkarna's more popular songs are House on Fire and Eat Me, both of which appeared on Arkarna's debut album Fresh Meat. House on Fire has featured on legendary U.S. sitcom series Friends, The OC and also appeared on the Batman & Robin soundtrack. Another hit song from the Fresh Meat album, So Little Time, was also the theme tune to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's famous TV show in the U.S. So Little Time. Arkarna's The Family Album produced the singles Skin, Rehab and the Number #1 radio tune in Southeast Asia Life is Free. Several other international inroads over the past decade included soundtracking Levi's® Ads and Honda TV commercials in the United States.

Ollie Jacobs[edit]

Ollie Jacobs A.K.A. Art Bastian

Jacobs started out doing remixes for Frankie Goes To Hollywood ("Relax") before he went on to mix the platinum selling album, Leftism for Leftfield. Jacobs then began composing his own songs, and became the frontman of Arkarna. Jacobs was soon involved with East 17 and Take That and made an appearance on BBC most influential TV show Top of the Pops with Rozalla.

Jacobs has also collaborated with various well-known artists and producers including Madonna, Trevor Horn, Art of Noise, Barry Manilow, The Prodigy, Skunk Anansie, William Orbit, Tinchy Stryder, Stooshe, Boyzone. Early on, Jacobs wrote and produced the number #1 hit Mysterious Girl for Peter Andre. Additionally, he has mixed the track Pop Your Cork for the Stanton Warriors feat. Twista and also collaborated with Dave Hedger under the name West London Deep. In 2013, Jacobs was voted Top UK Hit Songwriter [5] for writing and producing the number #1 hit for The Saturdays What About Us, which has sold over 500,000 copies in the UK, plus 120,000 copies in the US alone without even charting on the Billboard Hot 100.[6]

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  • Are You Scared [12" Single] (1995)
  • House on Fire [12" Single] (1996)
  • Eat Me (1997)
  • House on Fire (1997) #33 UK[7]
  • So Little Time (1997) #46 UK[7]
  • The Future's Overrated (1997)
  • Life Is Free (2000)
  • Skin (2000)
  • Rehab (2001)
  • Strange Creature (2012)
  • Left Is Best (2012)
  • Kebyar-Kebyar[8] (2015)



  1. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir (2001). All Music Guide to Electronica: The Definitive Guide to Electronic Music (4th ed.). Backbeat Books. p. 21. ISBN 978-0879306281. 
  2. ^ "ARKARNA - Original Members". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Rollover Music UK". 
  4. ^ "Kebyar-Kebyar - ARKARNA Indonesian Hit Single 2015". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Top UK Hit Songwriter 2013". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  6. ^ King, Mollie (23 December 2013). "Photo by @molliethesaturdays". Instagram. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  7. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 29. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  8. ^ "Kebyar-Kebyar - ARKARNA Official Video". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 

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