Risky Summerbee & the Honeythief was formed in 2007 with noteworthy line up of Risky Summerbee (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Erwin Zubiyan (guitars/keyboards), Nadya Hatta (piano/keyboards), Doni Kurniawan (bass), and Sevri Hadi (drums/toys). The band's tendency to dig musical ideas has brought them the reputation of being an experimental band in a wide sense. However, some of their works have been associated with genres such as pop, folk, blues, jazz, progressive rock, psychedelic and contemporary music.
Their strong rapport to the visual and performing arts scene has brought their sensibility of creative works in their music and their gigs. After a series of line up changes in their first year, Risky Summerbee – a literature graduate- invited Erwin Zubiyan –music degree drop outs - whom he met and played together in 2004 playing jazzy version of The Jam's "That's Entertainment" and Echo & the Bunnymen's "Seven Seas". Erwin then introduced a drummer, an old high school friend named Sevri Hadi – in and out his studies in Communication. To complete the rhythm section, Doni – bassist from Risky's previous band - was brought in. The quartet did a signifiant break in an interdisciplinary performance entitled "She Flies Tomorrow". Days before the gig, Risky sent mobile messages to selected friends asking them to come and see the concert, one of which was Nadya Hatta – an architect student whom he noted playing piano in several shows a few times before. Later that year, Nadya found herself playing on the band's another self initiated experimental concert entitled "The Rise and Fall of a Scoundrel Queen." – Scoundrel Queen was performed November 2007 and left positive remarks as to their musical works and led doors to other challenging musical works.
The 5 musicians gradually brought each of their musical strength and produced strong compositions and tuneful songs. The year 2008 saw the band's collaborative works with Slamet Gundono in "Memoirs of Gandari" – a pleasant modern – traditional musical meet. An involvement in theater work with Corrina Manara – a Dutch based theater director in an adaptation of Anton Chekov's "The Seagull." And notably on Teater Garasi's grand contemporary dance/theater/image production of "Je.ja.l.an."
Their first album is released in early 2009 under their own record label – dialectic recordings. The 11 tracks album entitled "The Place I Wanna Go" presents rich and various music forms. The quintet also contributed to the making of "John Peel Day 2008" held first time in Indonesia. On that occasion the band did a cover of Echo and the Bunnymen "Seven Seas" in their notably progressive style. A song that actually initiated them together in the first place – some three years before their establishment. Strange!