11 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Have Missed Up Dharma Down’s Concert (Part 1 of 2)

“Favors in reverse. Songs are unrehearsed. When I get through this. I hope I get through you.”

11 | Eleven years of Up Dharma Down and counting.

Practically today’s most relevant and current OPM group that rose to the top of the Philippine music industry as an independent band (with a natural flair for experimental, pop, and electronic rock) since they started in 2003, Up Dharma Down (UDD) [@uddofficial] has always been about pushing the boundaries when it comes to their craft. And after so many years, the much-awaited finally surfaced last March 21, 2015 on this very stage, in a surreal kind of way.

Reverb Manila UDD Minutes before the Show
Dharma Lights x Music Museum. Beautiful stage taken minutes before the concert.

UDD’s concert titled Dharma Lights: The Illumination of Up Dharma Down’s Music at the Music Museum celebrates 11 years of their beautiful journey as Up Dharma Down. UDD is thankful for all these years they’ve stuck together, and to the Dharmalites who have supported them through and through.

10 | It’s the best eargasmic OPM concert experience ever. Ever.

Up Dharma Down's Armi Millare (Vocalist, Keyboard), Carlos Tanada (Lead Guitar). Paul Yap (Bass), and Ean ()
Up Dharma Down. Armi Millare (Vocalist, Keyboards), Carlos Tanada (Lead Guitar, Synths, Samples). Paul Yap (Bass, Synth, Backup Vocals), and Ean Mayor (Drums, Synths, Samples)

I myself had never seen UDD live until that night, so my expectations prior to the show were based on how I’ve seen them on YouTube. The first note in Turn it Well got me instantly. I knew from there on the show was going to be amazing. I don’t know how they do it, but there’s just a lot of things going on with each song, and all these elements sound so delicious altogether. I can’t fully describe what I felt about the whole UDD experience. Perhaps it’s like I’ve fallen in love again; only this time, there is no heartbreak.

9 | Armi’s sexy #LittleSortofBacklessBlackDress #OOTD.

Armi Millare and her fashion statement.
OOTD. Armi Millare rocks in a little, sort of backless, black dress, her Nord keyboard, and her cute, awkward smile.

Clad in her version of a little, sort of backless, black dress, accentuating her dope Nord keyboard even further, Armi was (and I don’t mean to sound like a perv) just so darn hot and beautiful. That night, she became my ultimate #girlcrush.

8 | So, Oo was in their set list.

“Di mo lang alam, naiisip kita. Baka sakali lang maisip mo ako.”

Everyone can relate to Oo. UDD has gained a massive, organic following ever since the single took off and became the Philippines’ national anthem for the brokenhearted #PambansangAwitngMgaSawi.

7 |  And Tadhana, too!

March 21, 2015. Up Dharma Down's first concert at the Music Museum.
Feel the Love. Dharmalites sing along to Tadhana!

“Ba’t ‘di pa sabihin ang hindi mo maamin. Ipa-uubaya na lang ba ‘to sa hangin.”

You’ve heard Tadhana featured as OST to some mainstream TV series and, very recently, that CinemaOne Originals indie movie That Thing Called Tadhana; once again proving countless times that UDD’s got hugot resonating all over the mainstream airwaves, spreading like wildfire.

Here’s an 90%-ish complete footage of Tadhana:

To be continued. Stay tuned for photos and video updates soon here and on Tumblr. Search and hashtag Reverb Manila | #ReverbManila via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Meanwhile, for more of Up Dharma Down, their music, and their day-to-day musings, visit updharmadown.com and armimillare.com. Search @uddofficial @armimillare @carlostanada7 @eanmayor @polyap on social media.


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