Infobox musical artist
Name = Loso (โลโซ)
Img_capt = Sek Loso performing in Mannheim, Germany.
Background = group_or_band
Thai rock, Rock
Years_active = 1996-present
URL = http://www.myspace.com/seklosomusic, http://www.seklosomusic.com
Current_members = Seksan Sookpimay (Sek Loso) : Vocal, Guitar
Apirath Sukkhajitr (Rath Loso) : Bass
Eric Lavansch (Eric Loso) : Drum
Vorabut Tiaprasert (Tom Loso) : Guitar
Past_members = Kittisak Khotkam (Yai Loso)
Nattaphon Suntharaanu (Klang Loso)
Chris Borsberry (Chris Loso)
Anthony Wilson (Eddie Loso)
Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs
Loso (Thai: โลโซ) is a
Thai rockband fronted by singer- guitarist- composerSeksan Sukpimay (aka Sek Loso). The band was formed in the mid-1990s in Bangkok, Thailand. Its name is derived from a play on "hi-so", Thai slang for socialites and the upper class(from English 'high society'), and is meant to reflect the group's humble origins. It is one of the first Thai bands to achieve success on the international music scene, having played festivals, including South By Southwestand Glastonbury, and to be produced by a Western record producer.
One of the first popular
Thai rockbands of the 1990s, Loso was founded by Seksan Sookpimay (b. August 7, 1974 in Nakhon Ratchasima).
Seksan, the son of an
itinerant rice-farming family, moved to Bangkokat age 12 and found work in a shop owned by an aunt, making jewelry. He also worked in a factory that made air conditioners. In 1991, inspired by his favorite artists, including Guns N' Rosesand Carabao, he saved up enough to buy an inexpensive guitar, learned some chords and talked his way onto the stage at one of Bangkok's best-known live-music venues at the time, Austin Pub. Within a year, the 17-year-old singer-guitarist was leading the house band, playing covers of Thai rock, indie and pop, as well as Green Day, Nirvana, the Rolling Stonesand Jimi Hendrix. [Worathep na Banglampu (March 10, 2006). [http://www.nationmultimedia.com/weekend/20060310/index.php?news=weekend_20002463.html Loso's island: The Thai rocker returns to Samui for one night only] , "The Nation" (retrieved July 23, 2006).]
Within a couple years, Sek had written 10 songs. With
drummerKittisak "Yai" Khotkam (b. January 22, 1973) and bassistApirath "Rath" Sukkhajitr (b. September 20, 1967), Sek recorded the tracks in a night and sent the demo tape to Asanee Chotikul of the popular Thai rock duo Asanee-Wasan. Called "Lo Society", the band's demo tape was released as an album in 1996 on Asanee's indie record labeland distributed by GMM Grammy, Thailand's biggest record company. It sold 1.5 million copies.
Loso released eight more albums, each selling at least 1 million copies ("platinum" status on the
RIAA certificationscale), and some selling 3 million copies.
Among the band's most popular songs is "Som Sarn" (Thai: "ซมซาน" or "Hesitant"), which features an acoustic guitar intro that is widely recognized in Thailand. Another hit was "Pantip", with its hook chorus, "mai bai Pantip" ("no go
Pantip" or "I won't go to Pantip"). The song is about a man dating a woman and taking her shopping at World Trade Center, MBK Centerand Siam Square, but he refuses to take her to Pantip Plazabecause his ex-girlfriend has a shop there.
The band’s line up remained stable except for a period where Apirath was replaced by Nattaphon “Klang” Suntharaanu. Klang Loso played bass on the Rock & Roll and Losoland albums and toured with the band. Apirath Loso then returned to bass duties with the band until its demise.
Just about all the band's albums are accompanied by the release of a
karaoke VCD, featuring music videos of the songs. Through the music videos and his appearance as pitchman for the M-150 brand energy drink, Sek Loso, usually wearing sunglasses, has achieved cultural icon status in Thailand. He even spoofed his celebrity image with a Sek look-a-like making a cameo appearancein the 2005 Thai action film, " Tom-Yum-Goong". The song that accompanies the M-150 commercials, the ballad "Teh Yang Thai" ("ฝนตกที่หน้าต่าง"), is another hit.
After the release of the 2002 live album "Loso Concert", Loso broke up, with Sek Loso becoming a solo act. Kittisak and Apirath formed a new band, Fahrenheit. Sek released his debut solo album, "7 August", in 2003 and duetted with veteran string and
luk thungstar Bird McIntyre, for the 2004 hit album, "Bird Sek". The pair played sold-out concerts at Bangkok's Impact Arena. [Weekend staff (June 4, 2004). [http://www.nationmultimedia.com/search/page.arcview.php?clid=16&id=100361&usrsess= Creating a flap] , "The Nation" (retrieved July 24, 2006).]
Sek, meanwhile, had aspirations beyond the Thai music scene: In Thai music terminology, he wanted to "go inter". He had been reading biographies of his rock idol,
Jimi Hendrix, and decided that to achieve international stardom he needed to go to Englandas Hendrix had. In 2004, he moved to Londonand enrolled in an ESOL school, and after six months of intensive learning, he could speak English with an upper-class British accent. He began writing songs in English and placed advertisements in " NME" for a bass player and drummer to form a new Loso, auditioning prospects by having them perform the entire Hendrix album, "Are You Experienced".
The new Loso
So with drummer Eric Lavansch (“Eric Loso”) and Anthony Wilson (“Eddie Loso”) on bass Sek took his new band to Thailand for a six-month tour. During this tour the band was supported by the Thai band Silly Fools.
With the help of Tim Carr, an American writer and former
A&Rexecutive living in Thailand who had worked with such bands as the Beastie Boys, Megadeth, Ash and Cornershop, a demo tape of the band was sent to some producers. The first to respond was Owen Morris, who had produced albums by Ash, Oasis and The Verve. Morris was flown to Thailand by GMM Grammyto be introduced to Sek. After seeing the band perform before 50,000 people at the Pattaya International Music Festival, Morris was duly impressed. Hitting the studio, Morris produced three songs from the demo album, "I Wish I Could", "I Just Wonder" and "Fly Away", along with "Love Is My Religion" and two "rave-ups" that were improvised and developed in the recording sessions, for Sek's debut English-language album, "For God's Sake", which is awaiting release as of December 2006. Sek also recorded some Thai tracks with Owen Morris, "Chun mai sum-oiy" ("ฉันไม่สำออย"), "Karm chun pai korn" ("ข้ามฉันไปก่อน") and a punk version of the earlier hit, "Pantip", which are included in the 2005 compilation, "Sek Loso:The Collection".
Owen invited former Oasis member and rhythm guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs to Bangkok to see the band. Bonehead loved the band’s sound and ended up playing on some tracks and he also played gigs with the band. Eric and Eddie returned to UK after the recordings were finished for a well earned break with their families. For various reasons Eddie Loso left the band after recording an advert for Yamaha with Sek in London.
Eric went back to Thailand (with new bass player Rob Hudson and Bonehead) to work on the final mixes of the "For God’s Sake" album. In early 2005, the whole crew returned to England to finish the album at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. There they were invited to play at Glastonbury and the
Patti SmithMeltdown Festival. After finishing the recordings Rob Hudson decided to leave. He didn't want to be away from the UK for lengthy periods required to do the Thai concerts, and subsequently the US tour.
In January and February 2005 Sek took Thai musicians Vorabut Tiaprasert (Tom Loso), Tu Loso and Tok Loso (on rhythm guitar, drums and bass guitar respectively) on a very successful tour in Europe. Back in Thailand they toured during March and April at outdoor venues in Nong Khai, Phuket (where Sek donated his income from the gig for the victims of the December 26th 2004 tsunami), also Krabi, Hat Yai, Thung Song, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani and Chumphon. The outdoor concerts also featured Lanna Commins and
Big Ass. The tour ended in Bangkok at the Hollywood Awards on April 7th to an audience of approximately 150,000 people. Using video footage from nine of the above concerts Thai-TV made a one hour concert show and it was broadcast on May 1st. The band needed a new bassist so Chris Borsberry (a long established friend of Eric from school days and teenage bands) flew out to Bangkok to be "tested" by Sek and the rapport was instant. Sek had met him previously at the Yamaha advert filming. Chris had got the part as the "Evil Guitarist" with the Union Jack guitar. It was pure coincidence as he’d only gone along with Eric to make up numbers and the producers loved his evil look. It was doubtful if Sek or anyone else realized at the time that he could actually play the guitar. So he swapped from six strings to four and Chris was working in the studio the next day. Two days later he was playing with the band at 2005 Bangkok Music Festival in front of a huge audience!
Following the death of his father, Sek released a song in his memory as a limited edition single called "Tiger" in June 2005. Only 100 copies of "Tiger" were released along with a bonus CD of songs from the Pattaya International Music Festival. "Tiger" is also featured on the "For God's Sake" recordings.
In the summer of 2005 Loso embarked on a heavy schedule of international touring, including appearances at rock festivals including South By Southwest, the Glastonbury Festival and Patti Smith's Meltdown at Royal Festival Hall.
Bonehead left the group after a few gigs during the US leg of the tour. Sek had guitarist Tom Loso flown out from Thailand, who then became a permanent member of the band. Tom is an excellent guitarist in his own right and he isn't just the rhythm player. He played on Sek’s newest albums "The Collection" (2005) and "Black & White" (2006); he is seen on the karaoke VCD versions of these albums and also on the "Bird Sek Live Concert" (VCD & DVD July 2004). Bonehead sometimes played with the band as a guest during the remainder of 2005, notably at a concert outside the World Trade Center in Bangkok on the 20th of December.
The band played their first Middle Eastern concert in
Manama, Bahrainat the Delmon International Hotel on January 27, 2006.
"Sood Chewit Khon Thai" VCD was released in June 2006 and features performances by all the bands.
A new Thai-language album, "Black & White", was released in July 2006.
Incident in "Ramakien: A Rak Opera"
Sek Loso was among an all-star cast of Thai artists performing a
rock operaadaptation of the " Ramakien" national epicon July 28-30, 2006 at the Lincoln Center for Performing Artsin New York. Sek was cast in the lead role as Phra Rama, with Noi of the band Pru as Hanuman.
The first night's performance was disrupted by an altercation between Sek and Noi, in which Sek struck Noi on the head with a shoe. The two musicians then grappled with each other and eventually took their fight offstage. A video of altercation was shown on television in Thailand and was later posted to
YouTube. Sek refused to return to the production and Loso rhythm guitarist Tom Loso replaced the frontman as Phra Rama for the remainder of the show. [Soop Sip, "The Nation", August 1, 2006, Page 12A (print edition).] [Soop Sip, "The Nation", August 3, 2006, Page 12A (print edition).]
Other Thai artists participating in "Ramakien: A Rak Opera" were the band
Modern Dog, the DJ-production duo Photo Sticker Machine, Belgian-Thai singer Palmy, rapper Joey Boy and singer Rik Vachilipilun. New York singer-guitarist Arto Lindsayalso performed. [Pareles, Jon (July 31, 2006) [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/31/arts/music/31rama.html?_r=2&oref=login&ref=arts&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin "'Ramakien': Thai Rock at the Lincoln Center Festival"] , "The New York Times" (retrieved August 3, 2006).]
eptember 2006 onwards
The band are continuing to tour around Thailand to promote the new album "Black & White".
At some shows the former bassist Rath Loso has played as a guest. He is now the band’s bassist for all the Thailand shows. This is because Chris Borsberry played his last Thailand gig at The Sky Club, Srinakarin in Bangkok on October 28th 2006. Chris is still a member of the band and will play in future International shows. [All changes on 13.12.2006 refer to http://koratblues.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=38&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=01st post on the page KaiDao, 2nd post on the page Napoleon, 5th post on the page scottishman2, 11th post on the page stixman, Page 2 15th post on the page stixman. Note that "scottishman2" is the father of Eric Lavansch the drummer of Sek Loso’s current band & "stixman" is Eric Lavansch.]
In November, 2006 a DVD & VCD set called "10 Years Rock" was released and features 32 karaoke videos.
* "Lo Society" (1996)
* "Lo Society Bonus Tracks (1996)
* "Redbike Story" (1997) (movie soundtrack)
* "Entertainment" (1998)
* "Best of Loso" (CD 1999)
* "Rock & Roll" (2000)
* "Losoland" (2001)
* "The Red Album" (August 2001)
* "Best of Loso" (Karaoke VCD, 2001)
* "Loso Concert For Friends" (VCD 2001)
* "7 August" (April 2003)
* "Bird Sek" (June 2004) with
* "Bird Sek Live Concert" (VCD & DVD July 2004) with
Bird McIntyreLive performance at the Impact Arena, Bangkok with Bird McIntyre & Palmy
* "Tiger" (June 2005, a CD single, in English)
* "For God's Sake" (English language, awaiting release)
* "Sek Loso: The Collection" (June 2005)
* "Sood Chewit Khon Thai" (VCD June 2006) Live performance at the Impact Arena, Bangkok on April 25th, 2006 (Also features Big Ass, Bodyslam, Lanna Commins and Potato)
* "Black & White" (July 26, 2006)
* "10 Years Rock Vol.1" (VCD November, 2006)
* "10 Years Rock Vol.2" (VCD November, 2006)
* "10 Years Rock" (DVD November, 2006)
References and notes
* [http://www.seklosomusic.com SEK LOSO : The Official Site] - SEK LOSO The Official Site
* [http://www.myspace.com/seklosoband Myspace Music] - SEK LOSO'S THE OFFICIAL MYSPACE MUSIC
* [http://www.myspace.com/seklosomusic Myspace] - Sek Loso's Myspace
* [http://www.myspace.com/drummeruk Myspace] - Eric Loso's Myspace
* [http://www.myspace.com/borz666 Myspace] - Chris Loso's Myspace
* [http://www.myspace.com/losoguitar Myspace] - Tom Loso's Myspace
* [http://www.sekloso.net SekLoso.net] - The official 'English' Sek Loso website with fan forum
* [http://www.losofc.com Losofc.com] - LOSO Fans Website
* [http://www.koratblues.com Korat Blues] - Active 'English' fan website
* [http://www.myspace.com/7thaugust Myspace] - Active 'English' fanspace ran by Korat Blues Site
* [http://loso59.skyblog.com/ Loso Blog] - French 'blog' website
* [http://ethaimusic.com/archives/loso.php Ethaimusic] Full album list at eThaimusic
* [http://losofc.blogspot.com LOSO BLOG] - LOSO BLOG
* [http://www.loso.in.th LOSO Music BLOG] - LOSO SONGS COLLECTION
* [http://music.gmember.com ฟังเพลง] - LOSO's Music Label Site (GMM Grammy)
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