FormationIn 1997 keyboardist Andika (Andika Naliputra Wirahardja) formed a school band in Bandung, Indonesia. The band was called Topi, with guitarist Uki (Mohammad Kautsar Hikmat), vocalist Ariel (Nazril Irham), bass player Abel, and drummer Ari. They mainly played Brit Alternative rock until Ari withdrew from the group, and Topi broke up.
Andika regrouped former members of Topi in 2000. The drummer was replaced by Reza (Ilsyah Ryan Reza), a college student from Palu. Loekman (Loekman Hakim), a friend of Indra's elder brother, joined as their lead guitarist. Andika suggested Peterpan as the name for the band referring to Peter Pan, the character created by author J. M. Barrie. Other names they considered were Spiderman and X-Men. The band was formally founded on September 1, 2000. Peterpan played on Bandung streets and gigged in cafés, with the goal of becoming a house band in one of the city's cafés. They often covered pop and rock songs (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, U2, Creed, etc.) at O'Hara and Sapu Lidi cafés.
RecordingIt was at Sapu Lidi that the band was spotted by Noey, a producer who planned to release a compilation album. Peterpan recorded three demo songs: "Sahabat" (Best Friend), "Mimpi yang Sempurna" (A Perfect Dream), and "Taman Langit" (Sky Garden). "Mimpi yang Sempurna" was chosen for the album, titled Kisah 2002 Malam (The Story of 2002 Nights). The album was commercially successful, selling a respectable 150,000 copies, and "Mimpi yang Sempurna" was given heavy rotation on Indonesian radio.
Musica, Indonesia's top major label, offered Peterpan a contract, and in June 2003 their debut album Taman Langit (Sky Garden) was released. Their second album Bintang Di Surga (A Star in Heaven) was released in August 2004, selling 350,000 copies in two weeks. By the end of 2005, it had sold a remarkable 2.7 million copies.
Their third album was released in September 2005, the 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 six top national TV stations. The soundtrack album included five new songs for the film and renditions of five of their songs from Bintang Di Surga. Peterpan collaborated with veteran Indonesian pop singer Chrisye on the song "Menunggumu" (Waiting For You), which was then used as the theme song for the Indonesian soap opera Liontin.
ChangesIn November 2006, Andika and Indra split with the rest of the band, with both sides citing musical differences. According to Ariel, there were problems since the making of their first album. Indra had also just lost his child. Andika and Indra joined a new band named The Titans, and signed with international label EMI Music Indonesia, releasing a self-titled album and a single "Rasa Ini" (This Feeling).
In 2007 the remaining members of Peterpan released the album Hari Yang Cerah (A Bright Day), which failed to sell even as well as their debut. In 2008 David Albert joined Peterpan as Keyboard player.
The agreement under which Andika and Indra left the band allowed the remaining members to continue using the name Peterpan through the end of 2008. In early 2008 the band announced that they would be changing their name, stating that their 2008 studio album Sebuah Nama Sebuah Cerita (One Name, One Story) would be their last under the name Peterpan. The album itself mostly consists of popular hits from the band's history, with four new songs; "Walau Habis Terang" (Though Low Light), "Kisah Cintaku" (My Love Story) (a cover of Chrisye's), and "Dilema Besar" (Big Dilemma), and "Tak Ada Yang Abadi" (Nothing Lasts Forever).
The quartet continues to perform.
Setting a recordAmidst their tight schedule in 2003-2004, which climaxed on July 18, 2004, Peterpan planned to perform in six different cities in Indonesia in only 24 hours. The concerts were titled Konser Breaking Record and listed in Museum Rekor Indonesia (MURI, Indonesian Museum of Record), and included concerts in 2 Indonesian major islands: Sumatra and Java. The concerts started on July 18 in Medan North Sumatra Province, Padang, Pekanbaru, Lampung, Semarang Central Java Province, and finally ended at Surabaya Eastern Java Province.
Sex tape scandalIn 2010 Ariel was arrested for violating Indonesian anti-pornography laws when videos which appear to be of him having sex were circulated on the internet, after his laptop was reportedly stolen.
In January 2011, Bandung's District Court sentenced Ariel to three and a half years imprisonment after testimonies by digital forensic experts confirmed that Ariel was the male counterpart in the sex tape scandal involving Luna Maya and Cut Tari, and that he was responsible for the creation of the videos. In April, an appeal to the High Court was rejected, with judges deciding unanimously to uphold the sentence given by the District Court.
2012Ariel (Nazril Irham), Uki, Reza, Lukman and David released a new album called Suara Lainnya ("The Other Voice"). The band’s latest album, “Suara Lainnya” (“The Other Voice”), launched in a private concert dubbed “Konser Tanpa Nama,” or the “Without a Name Concert,” as they haven’t settled on a new name yet. “Suara Lainnya” is the band’s first instrumental album and it contains 11 tracks. All but one of them were taken from the group’s previous albums and recomposed in a different style with some ethnic and classic touches. The group also collaborated with other musicians, including a traditional Sundanese music group, Karinding Attack, who added some ethnic flare. Indonesian violin maestro Idris Sardi added a classical touch in “Taman Langit,” as did violinist Hendry Lamiri in several other tracks. The instrumental concert is said to be the first of its kind in Indonesia.
|YEAR||ALBUM NAME||SALE NUMBERS||SALE CERTIFICATIONS|
|2003||Taman Langit||850,000||Platinum 5 times|
|2004||Bintang di Surga||3,200,000||Platinum 21 times|
|2005||OST Alexandria||1,200,000||Platinum 8 times|
|2007||Hari yang Cerah||900,000||Platinum 6 times|
|2008||Sebuah Nama Sebuah Cerita||580,000||Platinum 4 times|