Adrian Adioetomo Is now known as one of the current revivalist of Blues music in Indonesia, especially Delta-Blues. This is due to his first album, “Delta Indonesia”, which was included in the Rolling Stone Indonesia’s Best Album Of The Year 2008 that has made its mark as a revolutionary album in the Indonesian music scene. The album is a tribute to the great delta bluesmen in the 1930’s in a lot of ways; the guitar playing, the songwriting, as well as the overall sound of the recording. With the sound simulating dust and scratches of an old 78 RPM records, this album rally brings all the atmosphere of an early delta-blues record.
Adrian himself started playing back when he was still in high school. Playing any simple punk and rock songs at first, the developed into heavy metal. When he moved to Australia, his taste and playing gradually shifted to Delta Blues. This was further encouraged when he met one of his heroes, the late great Chris Whitley there and hung out at his apt in New York.
In Australia he met another great slide guitarist, Jeff Lang whom he also learned a lot from. After coming back to Indonesia for sometime, he started playing blues at pubs and expatriate cafes around Jakarta and garnered quite an appreciation for playing favourite blues numbers in acoustic slide-delta style. The live-recordings and demos he made as souvenir sold out almost every time he played . This ensured him to record the demo in an album version and made it commercially available.
Since then, Adrian has played a lot of events, played in various cities and regions across Indonesia, and earning some media attention. Last year, he took part in a local MTV program called MTV Studio playing a song from his upcoming album. This is quite an achievement considering delta-blues is not a widely known (let alone popular) type of music in Indonesia. And he is moving on. In the month of October 2010 he played various events, one being an international blues festival held in Jakarta.