Monday, September 28, 2020

Superman is Dead drummer Jerinx arrested

We first heard of Bali's SID in 2014, proposed to us by our event partners FYI Entertainment. We successfully brought the band with full permits into Cyberjaya for the CJ Playground concert held at Lim Kok Wing University as a part of the 3-day collaborative effort that welcomed over 1000+ people to Cyberjaya for CJ Tech Talk x FEYST x Doppelganger Open Mic x Cyberfusion video games tourney x Arts for Grabs. Since then, I've been a massive fan of their music, their work, their philosophy.

So imagine our surprise when we read that guitarist Jerinx was hauled up for something he had said in his social media account about COVID-19 testing forced onto pregnant mothers. He was struck with defamation and inciting hate and brought to the Bali police station. But we'll let you make your own mind up about what transpired...

Click here to view the Video on Instagram.

Text by Doppelgangerkl, interpreted from Indonesian blog Radar Bali: 

DENPASAR - Who doesn't not know JRX, front man of Superman Is Dead (SID)? His name is even more recognisable when he makes his opinions heard on COVID-19 .

JRX's zealous discussions on COVID-19 conspiracy theories have brought him to the attention of Bali Police, with two police reports made on his statements.

JRX is currently being questioned as a witness, but what the charges against him have not made him back down.

Every day since June 4, 2020 until now, JRX and his band boys have been generously giving out free rice to the community, to people in need. The reporters from Radar Bali met him on Monday 10 August, and this is what he said...

"Honestly, if asked if I am happy to do something like this (share rice) and get satisfaction? Yes, it is not so. I am honest, doing something like this is tiring.

Not to mention being manipulated by people in the T-shirt business, violating protocols of all kinds, "said JRX.

"I'm really tired. But, if my friends and I don't do this kind of activity, citizens remain hungry, crime is on the rise, casualties are falling, who is responsible?" he continued.

However, a free food sharing program like this is certainly not easy. We need sufficient funds to provide food to the needy in the community. JRX emphatically says, this resulted in an organic movement.

JRX sees Indonesia being too forced to be uniform, in the sense of submitting to World Health Organisation, WHO.

He feels that there are layers of society that are not in line with that. On the one hand, the facts are that many people are going hungry and a hungry society needs to eat not just receive a phone call. Without food, people will not survive.

JRX has an idea to create a shirt that expresses his thinking during this pandemic, while helping people in need of food.

"I finally created the campaign. My friends during the pandemic who became unemployed a lot, right, so I handed over each shirt design to a different friend," he said.

"I am not involved in production or even giving capital. I am only involved in giving ideas and mandates.

I help share the profits towards the free food distribution at Twice Bar in Bali, "he replied.

So it happens organically and if asked the funding from which this free rice distribution activity, is from the people themselves.

(rb / ara / mus / JPR)



In another report by blog, Jerinx, whose real name is I Gede Ari Astina, was detained last Wednesday for alleged defamation and hate speech, over a social media post deemed insulting by the Balinese chapter of the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI). 

In a post uploaded to his Instagram account @jrxsid on June 13, Jerinx accused IDI of being “flunkeys” to the World Health Organization (WHO). He said that tests to detect COVID-19 are inaccurate and questioned why the association and hospitals in Indonesia are making it a requirement for mothers who are giving birth.


Latest news is JRX in court, responding to the judge: 

Jerinx: Salah Saya Apa Sih, Apa Saya Berpotensi Membubarkan IDI?

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At time of publish, over 100 Indonesian doctors have lost their lives to Covid-19, we have no doubt the Ikatan Doktor Indonesia is undergoing tremendous stress, and to have to deal with criticism from JRX at this time, may have tipped them over.   


Published 06 Aug from Line Today blog.

Drummer Superman Is Dead (SID) I Gede Ari Astina alias Jerinx apologizes to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI). He admitted that the apology was a show of empathy for the IDI and that he had no intention of hating IDI.

"I really do apologize to showcase my empathy to IDI friends. Because I wish to reiterate that I do not have hatred, neither do I have intention of destroying or hurting the feelings of friends at IDI," he said at Mapolda Bali, Thursday (6/8).

According to Jerinx, he is only purely criticising the IDI and it isn't a personal hate speech.

"So, this is 100 percent a criticism. Again, I clarify my apology as a form of empathy," he said.

"So, to assert to my friends IDI, that I have no personal purpose. I have no personal purpose for IDI. This is 100 percent criticism. So, please do not respond with feelings," said Jerinx.

Jerinx shared that as a result of his criticism of the IDI, he has been dropped by a sponsor and received hostile threats from many.

"I was abandoned by a sponsor, they have left me. And people are definitely hostile, hostile to some friends and some even outside their circle of friends," said Jerinx, at the Bali Police, Thursday (6/8).

"Yes, there is a report made by the IDI, relating to hate speech and defamation through social media on his instagram account," said Kabid Humas Polda Bali Kombes Syamsi.



Latest news from online publications including this one from the Jakarta Post, dated 22 September 2020: 

(THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A recent survey by Indonesia's Health Ministry has found that many Indonesians do not believe that Covid-19 exists and that many have challenged the call to adhere to health protocols, the national Covid-19 task force has said.

In response, the task force has formed so-called "behavioural change" units. They consist of members of the community, the military and local administrations, and seek to raise public awareness about the dangers of Covid-19.

National Covid-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said the initiative would be tested first in Jakarta, a hotbed of coronavirus contagion, before being brought to other regions.

At least five behavioural change units consisting of a total of 100 volunteers have been deployed in five sub-districts of the capital to inform people about the virus and reinforce the need to adhere to health protocols.

"If the initiative works, we will develop it in other regions as well," Lieutenant-General Doni said during a meeting with the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Sept 22).

"Covid-19 is real and has claimed nearly a million of lives globally," Lt-Gen Doni said, but he did not reveal the details of the Health Ministry survey he had cited during the meeting.

Indonesia has recorded nearly 10,000 fatalities and 252,923 total cases as at Tuesday.

"If some people deny the presence of Covid-19 (and neglect health measures), transmission will continue," Lt-Gen Doni said.

Some Indonesian citizens, including public figures, have endorsed conspiracy theories about the pandemic.

Bali-based musician Jerinx, for example, claimed that the recorded number of COVID-19 infections was being manipulated to be larger than it actually was. He has also ignored authorities’ calls for social distancing and mask wearing, including while participating in a rally in late July to protest against COVID-19 testing requirements for travel to Bali. The Bali Police have named the musician a suspect for defamation after he accused the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) of being “the WHO’s flunkey” for mandating that women preparing to give birth be tested for COVID-19.


Monday, August 24, 2020

Canadian alternative band Poor Traits releases newest single, Stay Up

Source: PRNews/GIG

20 Aug 2020 - Vancouver band Poor Traits just released their newest single- “Stay Up’ which marks the band's first single in 4 years.

Poor Traits is an Alternative Indie Emo Pop Rock group from Vancouver B.C. formed in 2014. Current band members include- Alex Badger (Vocals) and Kyle Thomas (Bass).

Since originally coming together, Poor Traits has put out a collection of music with varying styles- Minor Setbacks 2014, A Bigger Picture 2015 Stay Up (single) 2020). PT have seasoned the stage and played many live shows- over 50 in their first year as a performing band, with two western Canada tours in 2015.

More information on Poor Traits can be found at-

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

DoPPel Music World PLAYLIST

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Friday, November 15, 2019

MusicDish*China website launched! // DoPPelMusicWorld // 15 Nov 2019 Beijing, China - MusicDish*China 独立小炒 has just launched its website. A creative music agency based in Beijing, MusicDish*China has been producing and promoting live music events across China. 

It organised a first tour for musician Tomas Doncker at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and since then, MusicDish*China has been developing and touring a growing roster of international artists, including award-winning acts Sugar BlueTom "The Suit" Forst and Sturle Dagsland. In 2018, they organised events in 24 cities, including at festivals (OCT-Loft Jazz Festival in Shenzhen and Shunde, MTA FestivalFuNiushan College Student Music Festival, World Music AsiaYilong Country Music Festival and Xiamen Chuan Jazz Festival), livehouses, art spaces and shopping malls such as Beijing's SOHO Galaxy and Shenzhen's CITIC Plaza

MusicDish*China has also produced events in North America and Europe for some of the biggest names in the Chinese music world such as MaydayJolin Tsai and Second Hand Rose.

Visit their website at

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Japan's LOUDNESS metal band tours Malaysia this November 2019

One of Japan’s most revered metal bands LOUDNESS, founded by guitar legend Akira Takasaki will rock the stage at The Bee Publika in Kuala Lumpur on 10 November 2019 from 7pm, confirms concert promoter Lampuneon.

From left: Masayoshi Yamashita, Minoru Niihara, Akira Takasaki, Masayuki Suzuki

Official Venue The Bee Publika KL spokesperson, Rahul Kukreja expressed that this will be a first-of-its-kind concert in the capital city by Loudness in an intimate setting, giving music fans a chance to get up close to the legendary 35-year old metal band’s live performance. Akira is known for his amazing fingerwork on the lead guitar, and it will be a chance in a lifetime to enjoy the band in this setting.
LOUDNESS’ Rise to Glory Tour hits KL right after their Hong Kong show next month.

Founded in 1981, LOUDNESS toured North America and Europe in 1983 and made history the following year as the first Japanese band to sign with an international record label, Atlantic Records. They were also the first Japanese act to play at the prestigious Madison Square Garden and opened for a Motley Crue concert. Their first international release Thunder In The East (1985) and the single “Crazy Nights” peaked at #4 in Japan and #74 on the US Billboard charts for 19 weeks!
LOUDNESS lost its original drummer Munetaka Higuchi at the age of 49 in 2008, so to keep his spirit alive, the band recruited new drummer Masayuki Suzuki. Today, LOUDNESS is Akira Takasaki (Guitar), Minoru Niihara (Vocals), Masayoshi Yamashita (Bass) and Masayuki Suzuki (Drums).

Concert promoter Lampuneon is no stranger to the music scene, with a list of successes having brought Swedish neo-classical metal guitarist Yngwie malmsteen for his only Asian show to Kuala Lumpur in 2018, with upcoming shows in December 2019 by Halestorm, an American rock band from Pennsylvania (Atlantic Records) and Anthrax in April 2020.

Tickets can be purchased online at and start from RM178.00 (early bird), RM208.00 (advance), RM288.00 (VIP) and RM238.00 at the door. All ticket prices exclude extra ticketing fees. VIP tickets include: 2 Drink Coupons (Claimable at VIP bar for Soft Drinks, Coffee, Beer, Wine) and Priority VIP Entry and Access to the VIP Area.

Official venue The Bee in Publika KL is a 800-capacity bar, kitchen and live hall venue located in Publika Mont Kiara (Get here via MRT feeder bus from MRT Manulife-Semantan station).

Address: The Bee Publika Mall, 36, Block C, Level G2, 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Phone: +60 3-6412 7881

Friday, April 19, 2019

Where to go for live music in KL?

19 April 2019: We found a list of live music venues from Four Square and figured hey, that must be pretty accurate right? Anyway, we've created a list out of that list to guide you in finding live music in KL / PJ. Here's the Doppel Music World top 5 recommendations.
  1. No Black Tie @ 17 Jalan Mesui near Changkat Bukit Bintang - catch daily music shows feat. jazz, acoustic, live bands, stand-up comedy etc in an amazing sounding room. They serve Japanese food and has a bar. $$$
  2. Le Noir @ TREC Jalan Tun Razak - I recently checked this place out, and three things ticked the list of MUST VISIT. Their choice of musicians, their sound system and their moving backdrop were out of this world. They serve food and drinks here. $$$
  3. Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur @ Concorde Hotel - I've checked this out recently too, and the hap band was performing some good ole rock numbers. A band comprising of 5 band members, solid musicians performing a great set. Food and drinks served plus a retail shop, of course! $$$
  4. Merdekarya @ 352 (First Floor), Jalan 5/57, Bukit Gasing, PJ - it is what it is, a no-frills upstairs almost-secret venue where you'll be sure to catch a new act or local singer songwriter.
  5. Backyard Pub @ 28, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Taman Sri Hartamas in KL -  This is your true blue neighbourhood watering hole pub, casual and relaxed, draft beers and stout, don your jeans and just get ready to have a bit of a dance with live music. Band here plays 80s-90s music, as well as good ole rock.

And here's a super comprehensive list from GoogleMaps:

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We update this list regularly, so here's the article from last year.

29 March 2018: So I was there when musicians used to pass on their MySpace links. Never Friendster. Then YouTube. Then their own named sites. Then Facebook Pages. Then Tumblr. Now Instagram and today, a CDBABY link from Izzy Anuar (formerly IzzyMohd)! Woo hoo! Come to think of it, it's pretty awesome that I had a very short conversation with CDBABY founder last year and he told me about his new project, #nownownow and I found out he's been hanging out in New Zealand.

Occasionally, a thread of organic SEO for Doppel Music World leads us to travelling musicians. Last week, a drummer travelling from Venezuela emailed asking if there were any gigs in town. So I reached out to Shaneil of Open Mic Malaysia and connected them. Then, had this crazy idea because I wanted my nephew to learn drums! So I contacted Roland Malaysia to see if they'd be keen to host a drum clinic. They are keen, and there's a possibility...

Buzzed and curious, I wondered what's new in the music scene in KL and started googling. So if you're looking to gig, or just to chill out to a band, here are some links we've scoured the web.

Let's start with the Top 10 venues as suggested by Time Out's Best Live Music Venues in KL!

  1. Perfect Square Space, TTDI
  2. PlaySpace, The Place in Damansara Perdana
  3. Bobo KL, Bangsar
  4. ATAS by Bijan FX, Kelana Jaya
  5. The Bee, Publika
  6. Merdekarya, PJ Section 5 near Gasing
  7. Findars, Jln Panggong near Chinatown KL
  8. No Black Tie, Jln Mesui near Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL
  9. Alexis Ampang, Great Eastern Mall Jln Ampang KL
  10. Gaslight Cafe, Medan Damansara, KL
And here are more live houses we found!!!
  1. LiveHouse, TREC Jln Tun Razak KL
  2. Le Noir, TREC Jln Tun Razak KL 
  3. Timbre @ The Row, Jln Doraisamy KL
  4. Voizup, Taman Desa, Seputeh KL
  5. Live Fact, Taman Danau Desa
  6. Waikiki Bar, Lorong Sultan near A&Ws, PJ
  7. Pisco Bar, Jln Mesui near Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL
Finally, I'll leave you with these pretty awesome venues for private events.
  1. DropKL (closed 2018)
  2. Life Center KL concert hall
  3. Glasshouse, Seputeh
  4. Slate @ The Row
  5. APW Jalan Riong Bangsar
  6. Ruang in various locations around KL/PJ
Oh, one last thing. We run a news/media company and have moved into 90 Bangsar Warehouse HQ, a quaint post-war shop house along Jalan Bangsar near Abdullah Hukum Station, on the main road where APW, NSTP, China Press offices lie behind. This space can be used as an experimental arts events, and fits about 20 pax. Feel free to contact us. 

Latest list update: 10 Dec 2017 23 Mar 2018 19 Apr 2019

View from TREC KL

Slate @ The Row in KL (formerly Heritage Row)

If you know of more venues, please add in the comments below. Thank you and happy venue hopping!