STAFA was born in 2005 to be exact in April. This band group that was born from the fraction of D`Stafa Band and MC Band from Malang city tried to start again the creativity in music by forming another band, and this STAFA was born.
The name STAFABAND itself comes from the previous name, namely D`Stafa Band with personnel Dedix (vocal 2), Singo (Vocal 1), Taufan (Drums), Ardheny (Guitar 1), Firman (Bass) & Ariely (Guitar 2). D'Stafa was formed in 2003. In the past, this band often performed at schools and at youth events. However, after a few years, Dedix decided to leave the band due to problems with other personnel. Shortly after, Singo & Firman also decided to leave because they had more important activities besides playing music. Finally, D`Stafa only had 3 personnel left and their positions changed to Ariely (Lead Vocal + Guitar), Ardheny (Bass + Back Vocal) & Taufan/Ardian (Drums). Even though there are only 3 of them, D`Stafa is still running as usual, events such as Festivals & Music Parades are still often followed, the initial event which was followed by 3 Personnel was an event at the Uniga Malang Campus, at that time D`Stafa had a chance hassle to choose a song. But finally one of them was inspired to choose songs belonging to MUSE, Superman Is Dead, J-Rocks, etc. At the event, the song Muse, which was New Born & Showbiz, was sung, and Ardheny won the Best Bassist award even though D'Stafa did not get a rank at the event.
From here, D`Stafa believes that even with 3 personnel, he is able to continue his creativity in music. Not long after, one of D'Stafa's friends also had a band, namely MC Band. MC also consists of 3 personnel only, Ari (Guitar + Vocal), Etix (Bass) & Agus (Drums). They appeared long before D`Stafa was formed. The MC also often jams with D`Stafa at local events. But the band experienced contra between personnel which resulted in their band breaking up.
Finally, in April 2005, Ardheny decided to bring Ari into D'Stafa. Ari invited one of his friends who is also a friend of D'Stafa personnel, namely Tony. He is quite vocal with alternative pop characters and he wants to have a band. And without thinking D`Stafa accepted them both. The positions here have changed, Tony (Vocals), Ardheny (Keyboards), Ariely (Guitar), Ari (Bass) and Ardian (Drums). And it was during this change that D'Stafa's name was changed to STAFA. STAFA itself stands for Spaceworthy, Thrifty, Amity, Friendly, Amatory which means "Friendship united with love and friendship with great care to achieve high goals". So the purpose of taking this name is so that STAFA can achieve their wishes and aspirations through music, even though that is not their main goal.
With a composition like this, STAFA started the journey all over again. The genre of music that previously crossed, D'Stafa which was dominant with R&B and MC who preferred Rockmantic music, finally now STAFA decided to choose the music genre AlterPro which means Alternative Pop + Progressive Rock with lyrics that smell of love life among today's teenagers. With a new composition, STAFA started from festival to festival to better introduce the name STAFA, of the 5 festivals and 2 Music Parades that we participated in STAFA has won several achievements, including 1 time Best Performance (Music Parade at UM Malang Campus), 3 times Champion I (August 17 Parade in Muharto, Festival at Unisma Malang Campus, Festival in Tretes), 3 times The Best Player (Semi Festival at STIA Malang campus, Festival at Uniga Malang campus, Festival in Tretes). 4 times as the opening band, 1 at a music parade, 1 at an event on the Unisma campus, 2 at an August event in the Malang area. It was quite a struggle for STAFA to be proud of, because with the new composition, we seem to have been able to find a stable music playing considering that the personnel had so little time to gather because the personnel were already busy with their respective jobs outside of playing the band.
STAFA itself for the flow of music was influenced by Dream Theater and MUSE. STAFA currently has 4 songs, including Tak Jadi Cintamu, Pemujamu, My Star and Return. The song that became the mainstay of STAFA is Tak Jadi Cintamu, this song is often used to follow music events. But unfortunately all of STAFA's songs have not been recorded, only one song has been recorded, namely Tak Jadi Cintamu. So for now, only this one song we can enjoy.
Hopefully STAFA can quickly get the opportunity to be able to record the songs they have made. And also acceptable among listeners, especially lovers of local band music.