Last Saturday brought me back to my memorable early 20s when I was still working as a music journalist. Yeap, long before I knew how to write fashion articles, movie scripts, company profiles, etc, I first found my grip on writing about music.
Reviewing the new released albums from several record labels, interviewing musicians, attending concerts and parties were mainly my job desk. I was so into it, I climbed the corporate ladder from journalist to – probably – the youngest Chief Editor in this country. You can read some of my early writings here. I was surprised and emotional to find that a pdf copy of this magazine is actually available online (sadly, the magazine was terminated in 2010.)
Anyways, back to the story of last weekend. Thanks to Ismaya Live, DR and I got the chance to watch Panama at Publik Night Out, a celebration to Publik Markette’s first anniversary.
Panama is an electronic band from Sydney, Australia, which consists of Jarrah McCleary and Tim Commandeur. They have released 2 extended play albums: “It’s Not Over” and “Always” circa 2012-2013. Some of their singles like “Always”, “How We Feel”, and “It’s Not Over” are in my weekend playlist. You can listen to my playlist, here.
It’s been a while since the last time I attended a music event – the last event I went to was Java Jazz in 2014 – so I was highly excited and had been waiting for this particular Saturday to come since the first time we got the invitation.
DR & I, came earlier to Grand Indonesia. We had dinner first at Genki Sushi with some of our friends, continued with a little dessert time as we craved for some ice cream. A cup of Wafogatto from Ron’s Laboratory came to the rescue. Making sure that your tummy is happy before watching a concert is a must!
When we arrived at 9PM-ish the place was already packed with twentysomethings and thirtysomethings who were waiting enthusiastically for Panama. The bar and the vip tables was filled by young adults, but as I fixed my gaze to the front line area, it was already packed with teenagers. DR & I was like, wow teenagers these days do listen to this kind of music? The standard have been raised! LOL. You don’t wanna know what we listened to when we were in their age.
A pretty DJ, Ninda Felina, was spinning behind the DJ booth. I enjoyed her tunes, I couldn’t stop nodding my head and tapping my feet every now and then every time she lifted the atmosphere and dropped some sick beats. Panama was scheduled to perform about 1 hour later. I mostly couldn’t stand waiting while standing that long. But that night, I wasn’t complaining.
After about 1 hour of waiting, Jarrah and Tim finally came up on stage. The crowd cheered loudly upon their appearance. Since I was so engaged by their performance, especially Tim’s, I completely forgot that night’s song list. At first, I thought Tim is the quiet and shy one. But, apparently I was wrong. He definitely stole the spotlight at times even from behind his drum set. Jarrah was a little bit more calm, yet the audience know that he is the leader in this team. They both played out their role really well.
They performed several singles from their two released EPs, but, they kept this one single that is probably everyone’s favorite til the end. I overheard a random guy betting to his friend that Panama will use “Always” as their closing song, and that guy was right since Panama kept the best for last. When Jarrah hit the intro of “Always” everyone screamed hysterically and immediately sang along to every part of the lyric.
It was around 11.30 PM when they finally said goodbye and left the stage, which was quite a relieve for us because we had to leave early the next morning.
The song “Always” stayed a little while in our heads. The moment we got into our car, DR quickly asked me whether I have the song in my iPhone or not. Of course, I do. And so we drove back home accompanied by Panama’s chill electronic tunes.
Thank you Ismaya Live for having us, and happy first anniversary once again to Publik Markette!
Write to you later,