Kotak (band)

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Kotak Band
OriginJakarta, Indonesia
Years active2004–present
LabelsWarner Music Indonesia
MembersTantri Syalindri Ichlasari (Vocals)
Swasti "Chua" Sabdastantri (Bass)
Mario "Cella" Marcella (Guitars)
Past membersJulia Angelia "Pare" Lepar (Vocals)
Prinzes "Icez" Amanda (Bass)
Haposan "Posan" Haryanto Tobing (Drums)

Kotak (lit.: "Square") is a modern rock band from Jakarta, Indonesia, formed in 2004 through a talent competition "The Dream Band".[1] The band currently consists of vocalist Tantri Syalindri Ichlasari, bassist Swasti "Chua" Sabdastantri, and guitarist Mario "Cella" Marcella. The band's name, "Kotak", represented four different characteristics of its first formation members that were bound by music.[2]


Early years[edit]

Kotak was formed by vocalist Julia Angelia "Pare" Lepar, bassist Prinzes "Icez" Amanda, guitarist Mario "Cella" Marcella, and drummer Haposan "Posan" Haryanto Tobing on 27 September 2004 after they won TV7 (Indonesia)'s "The Dream Band" 2004 talent competition.[1] At the audition they met Dody Isnaini, a bassist from Kahitna, who became their producer. That year the band started working on their first album, the eponymous Kotak, which was launched under Warner Music Indonesia in 2005.[2]

Kotak album consists of 10 songs, including "Hilang", "Terbang", "Damai Hati", and "Kau Pilih Dia". Three years later, the band released a new album titled Kotak Kedua, that garnered critical acclaim in Indonesia and Malaysia. It consists of 12 songs, including hits such as "Beraksi", "Masih Cinta" and "Tinggalkan Saja". The third album Energi was released in 2010, the record Energi Repackage in 2011 and the group's fifth album Terbaik in 2012 followed by KFC Adu Bintang in 2013.

Formation changes[edit]

In 2007, vocalist Pare and bassist Icez left the band.[2] Shortly thereafter, the lead vocalist's position was filled by a female singer Tantri Syalindri, and Swasti "Chua" Sabdastantri replaced Icez on bass. The band members changed once more after their drummer, Posan, left in 2011.[3] The band released a second successful album titled Kotak Kedua in 2008. A piece of it was converted into a ringback tone which has been downloaded more than a million times as of 2013. ("Energi: Tendangan Dari Langit", "Energy: Kicks from the Sky").

In 2009, the band won "Best Rock Band/Group" and "Best Rock Album" at the 2009 Anugerah Musik Indonesia.[4] They also won "Best Duo/Group Newcomer" at the 2009 Anugerah Planet Muzik,[5] and "Most Favorite Breakthrough Artist" at the 2009 MTV Indonesia Awards.[6] In the end of the year, Kotak released its new single, "Pelan-Pelan Saja," which was included in their third album, Energi, released in November 2010.

In 2011, Kotak teamed up with Simple Plan to record a new version of their song, "Jet Lag". The band has performed in many countries. The Jakarta Post stated: "One of Indonesia’s most loved rock bands, Kotak, has just released its Best album, containing nine of the most popular tracks from the band’s previous albums, three new songs and a bonus track." The song “Jet Lag”, produced with Canadian pop-punk band Simple Plan, is also available in this album. The album has sold 200,000 copies.[7]

Tour to Singapore and the US, and "Jagalah Bumi"[edit]

The group was invited to perform in Singapore, at an event called Muzik FM, organised by Superstar & Legends and Raistar Entertainment. On June 9, 2013, Kotak held a concert in the US for the first time. They performed in three American cities: Washington, New York, and Los Angeles. Their departure to the US was a reward of their victory at the Indonesian music event Soundrenaline in 2012.[8]

On May 7, 2015, the band released new single "Jagalah Bumi". It was used as the theme song of the third season of Malaysian animated series BoBoiBoy.[9]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Mario "Cella" Marcella — guitars (2004–present)
  • Tantri Syalindri Ichlasari — vocals (2007–present)
  • Swasti "Chua" Sabdastantri — bass guitar (2007–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Julia Angelia "Pare" Lepar — vocals (2004–2007)
  • Prinzes "Icez" Amanda — bass guitar (2004–2007)
  • Haposan "Posan" Haryanto Tobing — drums (2004–2011)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Sales
Kotak N/A
Kotak Kedua N/A
  • Released: 24 August 2010
  • Label: Warner Music Indonesia
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Energi (Repackaged)
  • Released: 29 September 2011[11]
  • Label: Warner Music Indonesia
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Never Dies
  • Released: 24 February 2014
  • Label: Warner Music Indonesia
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Long Live Kotak
  • Released: 1 December 2016
  • Label: Warner Music Indonesia
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Sales Certifications
Terbaik N/A N/A
KFC Adu Bintang
(with Various Artists)
  • Released: 14 January 2013[13]
  • Label: Music Factory Indonesia
  • Format: CD
Rock N Love
(Soundtrack album)
  • Released: 16 December 2014
  • Label: Warner Music Indonesia
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Song title Year Album Album artist Ref.
"Jet Lag"
(featuring Kotak)
2011 Get Your Heart On!
(Indonesia Tour Edition)
Simple Plan [1]
"Cinta Itu Adalah"
(featuring Kotak)
2014 Piyu Piyu [2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work/Nominee Result Ref.
2009 12th Indonesian Music Awards Best Rock Band/Group "Beraksi" Won [4]
2009 12th Indonesian Music Awards Best Rock Album Kotak Kedua Won [4]
2009 2009 Anugerah Planet Muzik Best Duo/Group Newcomer "Beraksi" Won [5]
2009 2009 Anugerah Planet Muzik Best Duo/Group Kotak Kedua Nominated [15]
2009 2009 Anugerah Planet Muzik Best Album Kotak Kedua Nominated [15]
2009 2009 Anugerah Planet Muzik Favourite Indonesian Artist Kotak Nominated [15]
2009 2009 MTV Indonesia Awards Most Favorite Breakthrough Artist "Beraksi" Won [6]


  1. ^ Total album sales upon one week released.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kotak, Sang Jawara "Dreamband"" [Kotak, the winner of "Dream Band"]. DetikCom (in Indonesian). 14 February 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Rulistia, Novia D. (11 April 2014). "Kotak keeps rolling in rock". The Jakarta Post. PT Bina Media Tenggara. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  3. ^ Ahmad, Mohd. Rasdan (29 April 2012). "Tidak Goyah Walau Bertiga" [Steady with three members]. Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). The Utusan Group. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Winners of the 12th Annual AMI Awards (2009)". AMI Official Website (in Indonesian). 24 April 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b Yanuar, Elang Riki (19 July 2009). "Kotak Raih Penghargaan APM 2009" [Kotak won the 2009 APM Awards]. Okezone (in Indonesian). Media Nusantara Citra. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b Laura, Lady Asther (26 November 2009). "Para Pemenang MTV Indonesia Awards 2009" [Winners of the 2009 MTV Indonesia Awards]. KabarIndonesia (in Indonesian). Yayasan Peduli Indonesia. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Guess what?: Rock band Kotak launches 'Best' album". The Jakarta Post. PT Bina Media Tenggara. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  8. ^ Iman, Dhania (11 June 2013). "KotaK Gelar Konser Perdana di Amerika" [Kotak's US debut concert]. VoA Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  9. ^ Ariestia (8 May 2015). "Kotak Buat Single untuk Soundtrack Film Animasi Anak-Anak 'BoboiBoy'" [Kotak release single for children animated film 'BoboiBoy']. Tribun Pekanbaru (in Indonesian). Tribun News. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Karya Matang Jebolan Dream Band" [The masterpiece of Dream Band champion]. Viva (in Indonesian). Visi Media Asia. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  11. ^ Putra, Rama Narada (29 September 2011). "Launching Album Kotak Dihadiri Musisi Tersohor" [Kotak's album launching was attended by famous musicians]. Okezone (in Indonesian). Media Nusantara Citra. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  12. ^ Sartika, Khairiyah (2 April 2014). "Berkiprah Satu Dekade, Kotak Rilis Album Terbaru "Never Dies"" [Playing music for a decade, Kotak release their new album "Never Dies"]. Tabloid Bintang (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  13. ^ Angelica, Renata (9 January 2013). "Tantri Kotak Tak Sabar Adu Suara dengan Judika" [Tantri of Kotak can not wait to do duet with Judika]. KapanLagi.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  14. ^ Alpito, Agustinus Shindu (1 December 2016). "Kotak Raup Rp9 Miliar dari Album Rock N' Love" [Kotak earned Rp9 Billion from the "Rock N 'Love" album]. MetroTV News (in Indonesian). MetroTV. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  15. ^ a b c Ariestia (4 June 2009). "Afgan dan Hujan Rajai Nominasi Anugerah Planet Muzik 2009" [Afgan and Hujan most nominated at the 2009 Anugerah Planet Muzik]. DetikCom (in Indonesian). Retrieved 11 July 2018.

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