BioWhite Shoes & The Couples Company was formed in 2002 by Art Institute of Cikini colleagues-turned-lovers Rio and Sari. The original line-up of the band included Sari on vocals and violins, Rio on rhythm guitar and a third Art Institute employee Saleh on melody guitar. Always conceptualizing the band as more than a trio, after their Indonesian debut Sari and Rio asked another couple from the music department at the school to join the band. Though they initially turned down the offer to focus on conducting a student orchestra and lecturing, Ricky Surya Vurgana and Mela Virgana eventually accepted Sari and Rio’s invitation to bring their keyboard, bass, and orchestral talents to the group, the line-up for White Shoes & The Couples Company was almost there. All that was missing from the band’s already rich indie-pop sound was the percussive crash of drums, a void filled by John Navid in 2004. The sextet was complete.
Influenced by 1930s jazz, 1970s movie soundtracks and everything in between, White Shoes have creating a gentle, hypnotizing and gorgeous sound that has made them stand-out among the global musical masses. The band has already received the honors of being named one of the “Top 25 Bands on MySpace” by Rolling Stone Magazine and “One of the 25 Most Crushworthy Bands of 2006” by All Music Guide.