Interviews — October 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm

The Experience Brothers’ crazy rock’n’roll


Daud and Ibrahim are The Experience Brothers, a crazy two-piece rock’n’roll band formed in Jakarta in 2001. Influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and The Beach Boys, the duo is known to produce electric live sets that could question the usefulness of four-plus-member rock bands. Heading to Urbanscapes Festival in a few weeks time, Ibrahim answered our questions about the band’s latest album released today, family bound and how to survive a whole day at a music festival.



Hello The Experience Brothers! You’re scheduled to perform in Urbanscapes next month. How are you preparing for the gig?

We are very excited because this is our first gig in Kuala Lumpur. The timing is perfect because our new album will be released on the 31st of October. That means our fans will get to hear all our songs from the first to the third album at Urbanscapes. We are keen to show Malaysia how our sound can be so complete with the two of us only!


As brothers, is it safe to assume that you were raised in a musical family? Does anybody from your family play or sing? And did you guys have any form of sibling rivalry when you were young?

Dad was the one who introduced us to music, especially form the sixties and seventies. He plays the guitar and educated us on music. We explored different genres, growing up from rock to psychedelic. Ibrahim was more into the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix whilst I was more into Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. It was more companionship than rivalry because we started making music together from an early age.


Your third album has been released today. How has your sound progressed from 2011’s Eye Contact to this year’s From the Deepest Growl?

Our music has matured. The sound of the third album is much wider, more eclectic. The second album was influenced by the music from the sixties and seventies, whilst the third one has a more modern sound. The creative process stays true to our style, this is why we called the album From The Deepest Growl.


Earlier this year, you had a chance to play in Singapore for Mosaic Music Festival. What’s the experience of playing in a different country like? Are there any differences in the atmosphere comparing to your local music scene?

We felt challenged to play in a completely different place and for a completely different crowd from what we are used to, and thrilled to see the positive response. It gave us some new confidence that fans from the whole region appreciate what we are doing. 


What else can your fans look forward to this year after your album release and Urbanscapes performance?

We are releasing a bunch of live videos from our concerts which are due to drop very soon along with a special gig for of our album launch. We are also planning several new collaborations with different artists. 


Name three things that you find necessary to survive a whole day at a music festival:

Toilet paper, fresh music and a sense of humor!




Get your tickets to Urbanscapes festival on November 24 and 25 at MAEPS in Selangor, Malaysia here!