MIKA: The Origin of Love Jakarta Concert 2013


Friday, May 10th 2013, my years of being a crazy fan tweeting Mika have finally paid off. Jakarta’s The Origin of Love 2013 Concert held at Skeeno Hall Exhibition, Gandaria City. It was a cloudy afternoon and I rushed from office with butterflies flying in my stomach.

His first gig in Jakarta packed in a more of an intimate setting. It was a simple stage compare to his circusy grander decoration, with light boxes backed the band and Mika’s piano at the center of the stage surrounded by cool hanging bulbs. The band played the Italian part of The Origin of Love when Mika entered the stage, but instead of continue the song, he opened his concert with Relax (Take It Easy) and second later we were magically spelled into his charisma.

He finished the first song with a big smile and said, “Jakarta can sing”. Right! I was also so shocked by the audience. At first, based on where the promoters sale the presale tickets, I think they who’d come just want to be there for the sake of being cool, but apparently they were all donkey’s devoted fans. Skeeno Hall might not a full house but those people definitely knew how to sing and eagerly move their hips until the very last song. Psyched!

Last night was a mixed across Mika’s three records played in a powerful lively performance. He clapped, danced, swayed, jumped, leapt around the stage and joked around with his band mates. God, I wonder how his body could be that stretchy. The high-pitched vocal range heard in harmony with the band’s instrumental beats. He’s very communicative and never forget to made the audience part of the show. He knew how to build the tension in his performance; played it mellow in Stuck in the Middle and Happy Ending, made a flirty piano session to open Big Girl (You Are Beautiful), playfully sing some songs with one damn lucky girl choir (I’m green with envy, damn those girls!), in the end of Love Today he fooled around with Max, the pianist/bassist, then bashed the audience again with Celebrate, he even danced and laid down on top of his piano in several songs. He sang Lollipop twice and closed the night with the more upbeat one.

Mika’s definitely made to be a performer. An amazing one.

One thing noted, one hour and a half is not enough! Say that I’m greedy but 17 songs weren’t able to feed my thirst of his appearance. It felt like an anti-climax because he went away without any last word. It turned out because he must perform in X Factor Indonesia. Fuck it.

Well, after all it was an ocean amount of fun.

Thank you for coming to Jakarta and I’m looking forward to see you again, Mr. Penniman!



Set list:

Relax, Lola, Lollipop, Billy Brown, Popular Song, Stuck in the Middle, Rain, Big Girl (You are Beautiful), Origin of Love, Underwater, Emily/Elle Me Dit, Happy Ending, Love Today, Celebrate, Grace Kelly, We Are Golden, Lollipop (Encore)


Mika: 3 albums short review & Jakarta’s concert preview

From ear to heart, Mika stole my attention through Lollipop which brought me to the Life in Cartoon Motion (2007).  His music’s so danceable that you’d take as light and easy listening yet also stunned you with deep great lyrics. His amazing high-pitched voice and singing style were a fresh breakthrough from regular male singers that day. Mika’s not just sung but expressed his feeling through the songs. He sad when it’s sad, he knew when to scream and dance. He’s not just singing, he is performing and you’ll feel it though you don’t see him perform live. He’s album speaks. Pitchfork may gave this album 1,5 but what did they know? It’ll hypnotize your soul. Mika knew how to make us sing along with his everyday-life-experienced lyric, from Stuck in the Middle, Relax, Take It Easy, to My Interpretation. He made sensitive issue as an interesting story in Billy Brown. Through Love Today, he made you dance in the morning and for myself, he gave me the confidence in Big Girl (You Are Beautiful).

Mid 2009, he’s back with The Boy Who Knew Too Much. Good, this boy knew how to keep me on his charm. The album’s so lively and cheerful. We Are Golden brought the youth in your rotten soul and give youngsters the bright days because “we are not what you think we are, we are golden”. He gave us the melancholic feeling through I See You and By the Time, two tracks that have strong piano element mixed the deep feeling in his voice. We could hear that this album has bolder arrangement yet still give us his theatrical character.

Then last year The Origin of Love (2012) came out. Mika stated that this album will be “more simplistic pop, less layered than the last one” and it’s true. Not that it’s less good; it’s just calmer than two albums. One thing that you can see clearly that there is a grown up Mika in this album. Beside the calmer music, he write beautiful ode to God in The Origin of Love, on loving himself in Emily and grown up love like in Step with Me. Fun yet serious Mika found in Love You When I’m Drunk where you want to get out from lie relationship. This album pictured the responsibility and how it feels to grow up without scare you. He shows us what the real origin of love is. He picked up nowadays electronic arrangement and France influence here and there mixed up with his character bring us these damn good tracks.

Early this year, he announced that he’ll have concert in my city, Jakarta. I’ve been tweeted him for years so he could change his mind because rumor has it that he’s scared to come to my country for safety reason but it’s happening now! Finally the boy came to Jakarta on May 10th 2013 and will have his performance at Skeeno Hall Exhibition, Gandaria City.

See you soon, Mr. Penniman!


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