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Known to some as an electronic pop band and to others as an alternative dance outfit—. Bimbim Slank says, “They’re like Down­ under band INXS”—PopOut was formed in Jakarta by two old friends and alumni of the Jalan Potlot community, Massto Sidharta (vocals + Music Programming + drums) and Ario Bayu Putro (guitar + Music programming). The duo started jamming together in 2012, melding influences like Depeche Mode, Stereo MC’s, Dan Reed Network, U2, EMF, and Chemical Brothers with a keen sense for carrying a song through the rhythm—both Massto and Ario are best known as drummers. In PopOut, the two step out from behind the kit to take on new instruments and experiment with a variety of audio software to create their unique sound.


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