Zio is a a multi genre all round musician, singer, songwriter. He plays the bass, keyboard and drums. He started playing music as a kid sitting next to his mother playing the piano at church every Sunday.
At 10 thought himself to play the drums and progressed to the bass and piano soon after. He started to play professionally in college and has been involved in various musical projects along the way. Other than music he co-owns and run a successful restaurant in Seminyak Bali called The Straw Hut with his brother-in-law Julian Kanginnadhi.
He released his first self – titled “Hydra” album in 2003 with his previous pop rock band Hydra. Following that in 2005 Saturday Night Riot and in 2006 Rockabilly Riot with Bali’s pioneer rockabilly band The Hydrant. Zio left The Hydrant to join Dialog Dini Hari in 2008 and released three studio albums, Dialog Dini Hari (2010), Lengkung Langit – vinyl EP (2012), Tentang Rumahku (2014) followed by Tentang Rumahku vinyl (2016).
In 2016 he released one mini album with DDHEAR (Dialog Dini Hari Endah & Rhesa) called Parahita. DDHEAR went on numerous live performances in which he sings Endah & Rhesa’s hit song “When You Love Someone”.
Currently Zio is working on and producing his first solo album See The Sun
independently. The album in due to be released in middle of 2017 and will consist of 8 tracks. See The Sun will be the first single to be released. This album was born out of self motivation, the songs are about love, nostalgia and looking towards the future. In short, it is about retaining a positive attitude in this era of uncertainty. Heavily influenced by 1970s synth-pop, Blue Eyed Soul, Acid Jazz and Progressive Rock, See The Sun is a pop-jazz meets synth rock album.
Taking roughly six months, a huge portion of this album was done in Zio’s home studio with very basic equipments. Drum recordings was done in Bali and Jakarta with Zio’s brother Morris Orah who is also Andra & The Backbone’s drummer and Dialog Dini Hari’s drummer Deny Surya. Vocals, Bass and Keyboard/Synthesizer parts are performed by Zio himself.