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Origin Jakarta, Indonesia
Years active 2002–2017 (on hiatus)
Labels Musica Studios
Members Andro
Past members Giring Ganesha

Nidji is a band from Jakarta, Indonesia. Formed in 2002, Nidji's name comes from the Japanese word "Niji" (虹), meaning "Rainbow". The band's music can be classified under the alternative pop genre, and the band has cited Coldplay and The Killers as major influences.[4] The band currently consists of Andro (bass guitar), Run-D (keyboards), Rama (guitar), Ariel (guitar) and Adri (drums).[5]

The band has released six singles: "Child", "Sudah", "Hapus Aku", "Kau dan Aku", "Disco Lazy Time" and "Biarlah". Two of the singles, "Heaven" from the Breakthru' album and "Shadows", taken from the Top Up album, were used as background music in the Southeast Asian third season promos for the television series Heroes,[6] and they provided soundtrack music for the Indonesian film Laskar Pelangi.

The album Breakthru' was released in 2006 with an English language version the following year. The second album, Top Up, was released in 2007.


Nidji was formed in February 2002. The beginnings of Nidji came about through the friendship between Rama and Andro. They were joined by Arieland together they wrote a song entitled "Maria". However, "Maria" was not completed until Giring met them and added some vocals.

Afterwards, Andro recommended Adri who had often done jam sessions with him to fill the position of drummer. The four of them then invited Rama to join. At the beginning of April 2005, Nidji added another member, Randy, a keyboard player who was a close friend of Giring.[7]

In 2012, the "Liberty Victoria" song was used by Manchester United F.C. as a new anthem.[8]

Five years later, on April 5, 2017, the band released a new album entitled Love, Fake & Friendship.[9] It is the last album that featured the original vocalist Giring before left for joining political career.

Side projects[edit]


In October 2013, Nidji formed a side project called NEV (Nidji Electronic Version), which they used as an avenue to explore their electronic side. In this project, they rearranged their songs to the electronic version. However, the remix version will not be released to be an album. They will play it in live performance only.[10][11]


Following the departure of the vocalist Giring and the hiatus of Nidji, the other five members formed a side project called NEV+ (Nidji Electronic Version Plus) in 2017. Its concept is the same with NEV. Without Giring participation, NEV name was changed to NEV+. 'Plus' means the collaboration of Nidji with a number of other singers, to fill in the gaps left by Giring.[12]

In 2018, NEV+ alongside NOAH vocalist Nazril "Ariel" Irham and Hivi! former vocalist Dalila "Dea" Azkadiputri performed "Janger Persahabatan", a song written by Guruh Soekarnoputra. This song was made as one of the official songs for the 2018 Asian Games.[13][14]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Rama — guitar (2002–present)
  • Ariel — guitar (2002–present)
  • Andro — bass guitar (2002–present)
  • Adri — drums (2002–present)
  • Run-D — keyboards (2005–present)
Former members



Title Album details
Top Up
  • Released: December 24, 2007
  • Label: Musica Studios
  • Format: CD
Let's Play
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Musica Studios
  • Format: CD
Kompilasi Album Religi
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Musica Studios
  • Format: CD
Liberty Victory
Sumpah Dan Cinta Matiku
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Musica Studios
  • Formats: CD, digital download
King Of Soundtrack
  • Released: April 2, 2014
  • Label: Musica Studios
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Love, Fake & Friendship
  • Released: April 5, 2017
  • Label: Musica Studios
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Title Year Album
"Child" 2006 Breakthru'
"Hapus Aku"
"Bila Aku Jatuh Cinta"
"Kau & Aku"
"Disco Lazy Time"
"Angel" 2007 Breakthru' (English version)
"Biarlah" Top up
"Jangan Lupakan"
"Arti Sahabat"
"Akhir Cinta Abadi"
"Laskar Pelangi" 2008 The Rainbow Troops movie soundtrack
"Sang Mantan" 2009 Let's Play
"Kutakkan Bisa"
"Dosakah Aku"
"Tuhan Maha Cinta" 2010 Sang Pencerah movie soundtrack
"Indahnya Cinta" 2011 Liberty Victory
"Jangan Takut"
"Liberty & Victory" 2012
"Diatas Awan" 2013 5cm movie soundtrack
"Secepat Kilat" 2014 Street Society movie soundtrack
"Teroesir (Menunggu Karma)" Tenggelamnya Kapal Van Der Wijck movie soundtrack
"Ketika Tuhan Jatuh Cinta" Ketika Tuhan Jatuh Cinta movie soundtrack


Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 Nidji MTV Indonesia Awards — Most Favorite Band[15] Won
MTV Indonesia Awards — Most Favorite New Artist[15] Won
2014 "Sumpah dan Cintaku Matiku" Indonesian Music Awards — Best Original Soundtrack Film[16] Won


  1. ^ True, Chris. "Nidji | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ Maullana, Irfan (June 21, 2013). "Aksi Nidji di Konser K-20" [Nidji performance at K-20 concert]. Kompas (in Indonesian). Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ Zulmi, Nizar (June 20, 2014). "[Eksklusif] Oh, Ini Rahasia Sukses Nidji Go Internasional" [[Exclusive] Oh, this is the secret of Nidji go International success]. (in Indonesian). Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ Sukarno, Puput Ady (May 10, 2015). "Nidji Akan Tampil di Otobursa Tumplek Blek Malam Ini" [Nidji will perform at Otobursa Tumplek Blek tonight]. Bisnis Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ Khoiri, Agniya (January 3, 2018). "Ditinggal Giring Jadi Caleg, Nidji Resmi Vakum" [Giring left the band for joining politics, Nidji officially on hiatus]. CNN Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  6. ^ "~ Life in Indonesia ~: Heroes Season 3 – Shadows by Nidji". Quirky Indonesia. November 9, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Artist: Nidji". Musica Studios (in Indonesian). Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ Suhardiman, Arief (April 4, 2012). "Nidji's song becomes MU's next anthem". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ Ardian, Dicky (April 5, 2017). "Nidji Buka Puasa 5 Tahun Tanpa Album Lewat 'Love, Fake & Friendship'" [Nidji releases 'Love, Fake & Friendship' after 5 years without album]. (in Indonesian). Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  10. ^ "NEV, Sisi Elektronik Dari Nidji" [NEV, the electronic side of Nidji]. Hai Grid (in Indonesian). October 31, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Nidji Bentuk Alter Ego 'Nidji Electronic Version'" [Nidji forms alter ego 'Nidji Electronic Version']. (in Indonesian). October 30, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Nidji Vakum, Lahir NEV Plus" [Nidji on hiatus, NEV Plus formed]. Viva (in Indonesian). September 9, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  13. ^ Riantrisnanto, Ruly (May 13, 2018). "Bareng Nev Plus dan Dea, Ariel NOAH Berpartisipasi di Asian Games 2018" [With Nev Plus and Dea, Ariel NOAH performing the 2018 Asian Games song]. Liputan 6 (in Indonesian). Retrieved June 4, 2018. 
  14. ^ Pangerang, Andi Muttya Keteng (May 2, 2018). "Guruh Soekarnoputra: "Janger Persahabatan" Cocok dengan Suara Ariel NOAH" [Guruh Soekarnoputra: "Janger Persahabatan" fits Ariel NOAH's vocals]. Kompas (in Indonesian). Retrieved June 4, 2018. 
  15. ^ a b Purwanto, Heru (November 9, 2006). "Nidji Raih Dua Penghargaan MTV 2006" [Nidji wins two awards at MTV Awards 2006]. Antara (in Indonesian). Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  16. ^ Sulaiman, Trian (June 20, 2014). "Raih Piala AMI Awards 2014, Nidji: Berarti Karya Kita Diakui" [Winning the AMI Awards 2014, Nidji: our work is recognized]. (in Indonesian). Retrieved December 21, 2017. 

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