In August 2002, in an art university in central Jakarta, two lovers from the fine art faculty Rio & Sari decided to form a band together with their confidant in the faculty named Saleh. This was the first formation of White Shoes & The Couples Company, which features Sari in vocal & violin, Rio in rhythm guitar and Saleh on melody guitar. The three of them made their first debut in this formation in a college event. However, the trio formation diverged from their original plan where actually Sari and Rio had keenly asked a married couple from the music faculty to join the band the couple was Ricky Surya Virgana & Mela Virgana. Yet the couple was hard to meet since they were busy lecturing and covering for orchestras. Several months later, the couple eventually joined White Shoes & The Couples Company with Ricky on Bass and cello and Mella in viola, keyboards and piano.
The first song of white shoes & The Couples Company was “Runaway Song” written by Sari & Rio. The next one was “Windu & Defrina”, followed by “Sunday Memory Lane” and “Nothing To Fear”.
The Band’s acquaintance with its current manager Indra Ameng was another story. Indra Ameng was then already a well-known manager. Previously he was the manager of an old famous band in the 1990’s called Rumahsakit. Nevertheless, White Shoes & The Couples Company and Indra Ameng did not meet in the world of music, but the world of visual art. This was because Indra Ameng happened to be a visual artist and a program coordinator in an artist initiative space called ruangrupa.
At the beginning, White Shoes & The Couples Company did not have a drummer. Thus, Ricky initiated to ask a friend at his faculty namely john Navid a.k.a Lau Kun Sin for position of additional drummer. However, as the time went by and according to necessities, John eventually became a permanent drummer in 2004. Thus, the final formation of White Shoes & The Couples Company was set up.
White Shoes & The Couples Company recorded their debut album comprising 11 songs under Aksara Records company. This Album, available in CD and cassette, was launched by Aksara Records and distribute by Universal Music Indonesia.
Aprilia Apsari ..................... VOCAL, FINGER SNAPS
Yusmario Farabi ...................... ACCOUSTIC GUITAR, VOCAL
Saleh Husein .................... ELECTRIC GUITAR, VOCAL
Ricky Surya Virgana .................... KONTRA BASS, CELLO, BASS, VOCAL
Aprimela Prawidyanti Virgana ................... PIANO, VIOLA, KEYBOARDS, VOCAL
John Navid ..................... PENGGEBUK DRUM,PERKUSI