Roti, which means ‘bread’ in Malay, was formed in early 2008 with members Alip on vocals, Amin on violin, Jimbo on keyboard, Arm on guitar, Api on bass and Bintang on drums. The name was decided on spontaneously when the guys were at a mamak stall and everyone ordered the same food.
It also implies that Roti’s music is ‘food for your ears’. They have a wide variation of styles and are one of the few local bands who have the violin as part of their swag. Roti band members deck themselves up in uniforms as part of their indie/new wave/post punk band image at their performances, and have songs predominantly about the environment, life and the things surrounding them. They may look potentially fluffy, but their songs prove otherwise. They are straight to the point, with no frills included. Roti’s new song ‘Bosan’ incorporates the zapin element to their 80s post punk band influenced sound. The boys are currently working on their 2nd single titled ‘Litar Pintas’. Roti may still be considered ‘babies’ in the music industry, but the hardworking and resourceful band has played at Xfm’s X-Gig, Remix Tour, Rakan Muda tour as well as heading out of KL to Port Dickson, Penang and Johor to make themselves heard. Roti is currently focused on promoting their EP and on securing their place in the industry, despite getting recording offers for an album.
Roll over to www.myspace.com/bairotiband and watch them rise.