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About

Peterpan is a multi-award winning Indonesian pop rock band currently consisting of Ariel, Andika, Loekman and Reza.

The group started in 1997 when Andika (Andika Naliputra Wirahardja) formed a school band in Bandung, called Topi, together with Uki (Mohammad Kautsar Hikmat), who plays guitar, Ariel (Nazril Irham) as a vocalist, Abel as a bassist and Ari as a drummer. They mainly played Brit Alternative until Ari withdrew from the group and marked the end of Topi.

Andika started to regroup Topi’s former members in 2000. The drummer position was replaced by Reza (Ilsyah Ryan Reza), a college student from Palu. Loekman (Loekman Hakim), Indra’s elder brother’s friend, also joined them as their lead guitarist, which added a sense of matureness and enriched the melody in their songs to complete the band.

Andika then suggested Peterpan as the name for the band, Peter referring to a dreamer who wanted to fly, a Disney cartoon character name which according to Andika comes in front of other character names such as Mickey Mouse, Spiderman, X-Men etc. After the name was chosen, Peterpan was formally founded on September 1st 2000.

On 2001, Peterpan played their music on Bandung streets, one cafe to the others with a realistic vision of being a home band in one of Bandung famous cafes. Peterpan often played top 40 songs, rocks songs (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, U2, Creed, etc) at O’Hara and Sapu Lidi (Indonesian for broomstick) cafe. It was in Sapu Lidi Cafe the band was spotted by Noey, a producer who planned to release a compilation album.

Subsequently, Peterpan sent 3 demo songs: Sahabat (Best Friend), Mimpi yang Sempurna (A Perfect Dream), and Taman Langit (Garden of Sky). Mimpi yang Sempurna was chosen as one of the songs to be included in a compilation album titled Kisah 2002 Malam (The Story of 2002 Nights). The album was commercially successful and surprisingly it was Mimpi yang Sempurna that came as the best song in this album boosting the sales up too 150,000 copies. It is considerably a good achievement for a compilation album sales in Indonesia. Mimpi yang Sempurna was automatically charted in Indonesian Radios top air play and popularly known, making the song frequently performed by street musicians.

Musica, Indonesian top major label proposed a contract to Peterpan and in June 2003 their Debut album titled ‘Taman Langit was released. Peterpan members’ different tastes of music varies with the songs’ lyrics and music. Ariel’s vocal strength and Peterpan’s simple lyrics were noted as Peterpan’s main musical strength.

Afterwards, Peterpan released their 2nd album titled ‘Bintang Di Surga (A Star in Heaven) in August 2004. In its 2nd week of release, Bintang di Surga reached 350,000 sales. From this point, Peterpan reached the same level as other Indonesian big bands in the terms of commercial album sales.

In Bintang di Surga Peterpan made big improvements in their music which can be felt in each of the songs. Ariel’s vocal character was stronger, Loekman and Uki synchronized to each other in playing guitar better, Reza gave more color to each songs, Andika grew his creativity in arranging the album tracks, and Indra bass groove added flavor to the album. By end of 2005, the 2nd album sales had reached the number of 2.7 million copies, a fantastic number in Indonesian recently slow economy and music sales.

Recognizing their success in the music industry, Peterpan received 3 SCTV awards, 1 in 2004 and 2 in 2005. They also received MTV Asia Awards for Indonesian Favourite Artist at Bangkok on May 9th 2005. In the Indonesian AMI awards 2005, Peterpan received the award of “Best Pop Alternative Band” with the song Kukatakan Dengan Indah.

After the 2nd album, on September 18th, 2005 Peterpan released an album as the original soundtrack for the Rexinema movie, Alexandria. The album was titled Menunggu Pagi (Waiting for Dawn) and the formal release was covered simultaneously by Indonesia’s 6 top National TV stations. The soundtrack album includes five new songs for the film and renditions of five of their old songs in Bintang Di Surga.

On November 4th, 2006, Peterpan held a conference to formally announce the exit of their 2 members, Andika Naliputra Wirahardja and Indra. Both left Peterpan due to a music creativity difference to the other members. According to Ariel, there were problems since the making of their first album, Taman Langit. The break up came at a difficult time for Indra as he had lost his child just before the break up. Both Andika and Indra claimed that they have settled the royalty matter with Peterpan and have officially left Peterpan since October 8th, 2006. Now, Andika and Indra are members of a new band, named The Titans. The band is recording under EMI Music Indonesia, an international record company. With their brand new self-titled album ,and first single Rasa Ini (This Feeling), The Titans has established themselves well in Indonesia’s music scene.

On May 25th, 2007, Peterpan released their highly anticipated 4th album, Hari Yang Cerah (A Bright Day). This album includes hit singles Menghapus Jejakmu (Erasing your Traces), Bebas (Free), Hari Yang Cerah Untuk Jiwa Yang Sepi (A Bright Day for a Lonely Soul) and Sally Sendiri (Lonely Sally), all of them constantly air on radios and entered the music charts.

Source : Wikipedia

20 comments

  1. hey its me,doreen,u may knoe me as pinkcuddler from you tube!!awesome job u done there,carrying on with the gud job!!!😛


  2. Thanks for stopping by doreen. I hope you enjoy this site. I wish to make it better, but this is my first wordpress blog. I’m still learning.


  3. cek out latest video clips “Cobalah Mengerti” at facebook official peterpanband

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Peterpan-Band/18660056499?ref=mf


  4. hey! I’m pya, such a big fan of peterpan since I was in the 6th year of my school. may i knoe, who’s this? I get this so much interesting, it’ll be good if we can share more great things about this lovely band. great job, anyway! love this site : )


  5. hi pya, my youtuber friends call me venom or ven or VS (my youtube ID is venomscorpion). I made this website after I received messages from fellow sahabats peterpan who do not understand Bahasa Indonesia. They are filipinos, Indians and Pakistanis who just found out abt this band, interested with their songs and want to know the meaning. So this is my tribute to Peterpan and all Sahabat Peterpan.


  6. it is the best band i ever seen,i love it.


  7. im so glad u decided to made this website VS.Keep up the great work….Peterpan rocks!


  8. Hello there! I’m from Argentina and as a non-speaker of Bahasa Indonesia, I have to say THANK YOU for all the lyrics translations, the videos you post and the news. This is very kind of you =)
    I love Peterpan so much, their songs are something special.
    And also thank you for you YouTube channel, very interesting.
    Much love from Argentina!


  9. i just find this blog~
    this is awesome!
    hope peterpan would gain more fans in the future with new name..^^
    hope their music become better and better~
    peterpan rockz!


  10. […] lagi tengok la kat blog tu dan layari website baru Peterpan. […]


  11. lam kNl yWA dRi sHbT PtRpn….


  12. tak ada yang abadi….tapi PETERPAN c.s tetep d’ best!!!


  13. akhirnya peterpan, menyelesaikan konser tunggal terkahirnya. Sangat disayangkan hanya sebuah nama menjadi berakhir seperti ini……


  14. owhhh… peterpan Q,, aQ ngefans bgt sama Xan, ntar kalo udah ganti nama vacumnya jangan terlalu lama ya….

    i will still love you,,,


  15. peterpan all the best band…..
    Balas pesan aq ya… please
    thanks


  16. Yay! Found you. Thanks from me also for the translations.🙂 And a big Hello from Regensburg, Germany.🙂


  17. hai…..my name is lina……..ariel is the best for me……coz you are my inspirasi……


  18. Hi i had left a few comment in this blog on different heading. However, my message always under “your comment still under moderation”.
    Thus, i am not sure you guys can see my comment here or not.If can, please let me know .. thanks🙂


  19. Hi, this is my first time write in this commenting box, not sure it can be view or not. Anyway, may i know that every time I saw there are questions in the comment box to Peterpan band and there are people answering it. Is this people the owner of this website or Peterpan themselves will answer it personally?? Is this one of the peterpan official website? Do they read their fan comment here as well?
    I first hearded their hit over the radio is Ada Apa dengan mu back to 2005 and love it cause i always like alternative and rock band songs and that song is real powerful. Actually that is my first time get hit up by Malay song and they are real impressive. Then to my suprised I heard Semua Tentang Kita and I actually like it more then Mungkin Nanti which was a hit on 2005 and is still a hit now:) But cant deny that i love Mungkin Nanti the more times i listen to.
    After sometimes, they seems getting a little slower here or maybe i just follow other bands song, i kidn of lost them. Until end of 2008, I got a indonesian friend who borrow me the “Alexandra’ album which was composed by Peterpan, i was hooked up by their beautiful love songs with soft rock again, the songs with the talk scene touch my heart as if i m watching that movie. So, i start to listen to all their songs since their appearance early 2000. The Bintang di Syurga album is the best and fantastic, i am regreting that i know this quite few years late. But Peterpan still there right.🙂
    I hope I can get to know more about this band from indonesia which is really rocking me and hope to attend their concert too.:)
    Will they come to Malaysia for concert again in 2009 please?


  20. websiteku pake spasi lo http://www.mardiyono raharjo.com/co.id



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