Domestic Groove: EKA ANNASH

DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb’s Chosen Nine is my biweekly column in The Beat (Jakarta) mag. Basically it’s an interview via e-mail which focuses on small, intimate, domestic stuff; what Indonesia’s public figures are really into.

For the 29th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Eka Annash.

Singer, Songwriter, Art Director

What music are you into at the moment?
Undun by The Roots, El Camino by The Black Keys, and a complete discography of an all-female Cali-glam rock outfit called Fanny. They’re way better than The Runaways.

What was the first record you bought—any interesting story behind it?
Guns N Roses’ Appetite For Destruction. Bought it when I was 11 on cassette tape after almost 2 weeks of starving myself. Still got it now.

What is your all-time favorite album? Why?
Fugazi’s 13 Songs. It taught me how to do everything on my own terms.

What was the worst record you ever purchased?
I’m a music fascist, so I’d never buy anything that is considered worthless. Although I remember once bought an album by Nurse With Wounds and being completely confused by it.

Who do you want to be, other than yourself, next time you reincarnate?
Keith Richards. You’d probably know the reason why…

What book are you reading now and what’s the score (1-10)? Borrow or buy?
Keith Richards’ “Life”. Haven’t finished yet. But very entertaining so far on the scale of 8. Bought it from HMV in Piccadilly, London.

What new movie should people see? Why?
“Drive” by Nicholas Winding Refn. An urban meditation on violence. “Taxi Driver” meets “Vanishing Points”.

What album do you choose to start your weekend?
Everybody Loves The Sunshine by Roy Ayers.

And album you choose to end your weekend?
Urubu by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

With his band, The Brandals, Eka just released the second single from their latest album DGNR8, “Awas Polizei”. A documentary movie of The Brandals, “Marching Menuju Maut” will also be published shortly.

Outside his band Eka is working as Senior Art Director at an ad agency and contribute writings for a youth tabloid.


*This interview was firstly published on The Beat (Jakarta) #53, Dec 12 – 25, 2011
*Photos by Ade Branuza


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