This is not a company producing shoes, couples or couples in white shoes. This is a band influenced by the acoustic spirit of 1930s classic jazz musicians, updated with classic strings arrangement, retro disco, easy listening acoustic ballads and a small, 1970s keyboard. The music is a swirl of Indonesian retro pop and jazz layered with charming, distinct melodies and orchestration. The retro feel is also reflected in the band's preference for 60s hairdos and clothing.
White Shoes & The Couples Company are an Indonesian pop/funk/jazz band from Jakarta. The band are currently signed to both Indonesian label Aksara Records and American independent label Minty Fresh based in Chicago. White Shoes & The Couples Company consists of Aprilia Apsari, Saleh, Yusmario Farabi, John Navid, Ricky Virgana, and Aprimela Virgana. Apsari and Farabi, who are currently dating, met each other while they were both studied at the fine art faculty in Institut Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Institute Of The Arts). The two formed the band with their colleague, Saleh in 2002. In 2004, Ricky Virgana, John Navid and Aprimela Prawidyanti Virgana (Ricky Virgana’s wife) joined later. The band came up with the name due to the fact of the fad of wearing white shoes at the school where they met and the two romantically-involved couples that are in the band. The band sing the majority of their songs in their native tongue of Bahasa.
In August 2002, Sari and Rio took their relationship one step further and formed a band. They asked close friend Saleh to join but a trio was not what they had in mind. They then asked their friends Ricky and Mela, a young married couple, to join. They agreed but could only join a few months later because they were still preoccupied with teaching and playing in several orchestras. At last the band came together in 2004 when John joined as drummer after a long stint as an additional player.