Jockie Soerjoprajogo

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Jockie Soerjoprajogo
Born (1954-09-14) 14 September 1954 (age 62)
Demak, Central Java, Indonesia
Instruments Keyboard
Years active c. 1967–present
Associated acts God Bless

Jockie Soerjoprajogo (Perfected Spelling: Yockie Suryoprayogo; pronounced [ˈjoki sʊrjopraˈjoɡo] born 14 September 1954) is an Indonesian musician and songwriter.


Jockie was born in Demak, Central Java on 14 September 1954.[1] After beginning his education in Demak, he went to Semarang near the end of his primary years to finish elementary school. His middle school education was in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; while there he joined the local band Safira.[1] Most of his musical skills were self-taught, although he did study composition under Muchtar Embut and musical notation under Idris Sardi.[1]

After middle school, Jockie moved to Jakarta and joined with several acts there, before moving to Surabaya, East Java and joining Jaguar, led by Mickey Makelbach.[1] He eventually finished high school in Malang and moved back to Jakarta.[1] In 1973, he joined with Ahmad Albar, Donny Fattah and Ludwig Leeman to form God Bless; their first concert was in Taman Ismail Marzuki in May 1973.[1] He split from the band for a brief time to found the bands Giant Step in Bandung and Double Zero in Malang, but returned in early 1975.[1] During this period he was heavily into drugs, once stealing and selling a ring belonging to songwriter Harry Roesli to fuel his habit.[2]

In 1976 Jockie joined the committee for Prambors FM's Teenage Song Writing Competition.[1] Along with Prambors head Imran Amir, he unsuccessfully approached Chrisye to ask him to sing the song "Lilin-Lilin Kecil" ("Small Candles");[3] when Chrisye was convinced to record the single by Sys NS, Jockie handled the arrangement.[1] The following year, Jockie collaborated with Chrisye for a new album, Jurang Pemisah (Dividing Canyon); Chrisye provided vocals for seven songs while Jockie provided the vocals for two and wrote several more.[4]

In 1977 Jockie joined with Chrisye and Eros Djarot to record the soundtrack to Badai Pasti Berlalu, directed by Teguh Karya. After the film's success, the soundtrack was rerecorded in Pluit, North Jakarta over a period of 21 days and sold as a soundtrack album.[5][6] The album, also titled Badai Pasti Berlalu, went on to sell 9 million copies over the next sixteen years.[7] In 1978 he released his first solo album, Musik Saya adalah Saya (My Music is Me).[1] This was followed by four more albums over the next 15 years, Yang Terhilang Lepas (Free and Missing), Pernyataan (Statement), Penantian (Waiting), and Selamat Jalan Kekasih (Goodbye Dear).[1] Meanwhile, with God Bless he released Semut Hitam (Black Ants; 1988), Raksasa (Monster; 1989), and Apa Kabar? (What's Up?; 1997).[8]

Jockie again worked with Chrisye for the 1979 album Percik Pesona, for which he wrote several songs.[9] The album was a critical and commercial failure, with critics writing that it was too much like Badai Pasti Berlalu.[9] Beginning in 1983, Jockie joined with Chrisye and Djarot to produce a trilogy of albums, Resesi (Recession; 1983), Metropolitan (1983), and Nona (Miss; 1984); the albums all went platinum.[10][11]

In 1990 Jockie joined with Iwan Fals' band Swami to record Kantata Takwa (Cantata of Taqwa).[1] He and the band would often clash over creative differences, but reportedly were willing to compromise.[1]

In 1993 he released another solo album, Suket (Grass); he also arranged the music for the album.[1] In it he tried to give social commentary from his observations, a technique previously used by Iwan Fals.[1] In 2003 he left God Bless again after creative differences; in an October 2011 Facebook post, he wrote that he had been forced to leave the group and that he was outraged that the band continued to play his songs without his permission.[8] In a later interview with Kompas, he stated that lead singer Ahmad Albar had pulled a gun on him when debating the latter's drug use.[2] Guitarist Ian Antono confirmed that a pistol was involved, but he thought it could be a toy; he stated that the argument flared up when Jockie insulted Albar's family.[12]

In October 2009, Jockie collaborated with numerous artists to put on a tribute concert to Chrisye.[2] Together with Garin Nugroho, in 2010 Jockie helped produce the musical Diana for the Kompas's 45th anniversary.[13] For the production, a tribute to Koes Plus, Jockie remastered 20 of their songs.[13]


In December 2009, Rolling Stone Indonesia selected two of Jockie's songs as being among the 150 best Indonesian songs of all time.[14] His composition "Kehidupan" ("Life"), from God Bless' album Semut Hitam was ranked 8th, while "Kesaksian" ("Witness"), from Iwan Fals' album Kantata Takwa was ranked 82nd.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Jockie is married to Tiwi Puspitasari.[2] They have four children.[1] One of his sons, Nara Putra, plays guitar in the band Jibriel alongside the children of several other God Bless members.[15]