Maliq & D'Essentials was first formed in 15 May 2002 with 9 personnel. They began their career as a band who performed in a small pub in a five-star hotel in Jakarta, where they played music that at that time was not very common among young people in general. Now after 15 years, they are still going strong with 6 personnel: Angga Puradiredja (Vocals), Indah (Vocals), Ilman (Keyboard & Piano), Jawa (Bass), Lale (Guitar) and Widi (Drums).
The word ‘Maliq’ is a concept and a short term for Music and Live Instrument Quality which was first conceived by Angga and Widi who also doubles as producer, composer, arranger and song writer. Then the term D'Essentials originally was as a supporter of the concept which refers to other personnel. Now the term Maliq & D'Essentials has become a unity that cannot be separated, although there are still many people who often incorrectly mention the name of this music group.
Many argue that Maliq & D'Essentials is a music group that carries the Jazz genre. This is because their initial debut was on the Java Jazz Festival 2005, a stage that made Maliq & D'Essentials more widely known to the public. However, their music is actually not only jazz, but also a blend of various musical genres such as, soul, funk, rock, blues, and others. They call it Organic Music to make it easier.