Kimbra photo by Niña Sandejas

I was lucky enough to catch Kimbra at last year’s Laneway Festival. Her performance was all sorts of madness. Her dramatic flair, unique singing style and colorful outfits made her one of the most unforgettable performers in the festival. I was also lucky enough that Gotye was headlining that event and surprised everybody with a performance of their duet “Somebody that I used to know”

This year, JACK TV’s MAD Fest brings her to Manila in a festival with several local acts that’s gonna fill your music quota for the year!

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“I’m sorry I must have been tired. I don’t know, it’s pretty ‘Death Cab’ of me.” Lauren Mayberry said after she was asked by one of the journalists about her ‘not writing about love because you don’t write about what you don’t know’. Lauren Mayberry is part of the Scottish trio CHRVCHES who is about to perform tonight November 26 at the Samsung Hall. Her bandmates Iain Cook and Martin Doherty laughed as Lauren said she vaguely remembers saying the very emotional statement, claimed that she may have been having a bad day.

It’s CHRVCHES very first concert in Manila. Laneway veterans will take delight in this, especially those (like me, who missed the festival early this year). The Scottish trio consists of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. They’re touring to promote their newest album, “The Bones of What you Believe.”

All the questions thrown at them took them by surprise, one of them about their dietary restrictions in a previous interview. They quickly explained that it was just about finding good food to eat. “One of the first things we do is research on great, authentic restaurants,” said the band. Lauren added that it’s just a matter of not eating crap. “If you constantly eat shit at service stations all the time eventually you’re going to die”. If they hadn’t been in a band, they’d be food travelers, they said. Oh good, foodies! THE MEAL WE SHARE!

When asked about their luggage disappearing, “What’s going on? How do you know that?” 

Ssshh… The internet knows everything.

Social media played a big role in the band’s success. Any fan will be proud of helping make that happen. Just like being able to relate and connect to their music on a personal level, we’d love to share everything else with them right? Like food and horrific airport experiences. Or maybe music journalists secretly want to be rockstars too… Look at Lauren! (Oh wait, Francis and Jason are already doing that).

Acknowledging social media’s role, CHVRCHES believes it’s important to be a part of that community, but to separate it from the creative process. “It’ll just be too confusing”, Lauren said.

Well we can still share that experience by being spectators and one of the ways to do that is to watch the concert tonight!

Concert is happening tonight at the SAMSUNG HALL at SM Aura! Check out Vybe Productions for more information

Rest of the band photos below!

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All photos taken using Sony A7

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Happy 24th Anniversary Razorback! Sorry I arrived at your set halfway, but thankfully Manong Guard Pat Pulumbarit pointed us towards the right direction.

Rock and roll has never felt so safe!

I was surprised to see the whole band in security guard costumes with their own security agency BIGOTILYO SEKU AGENCY written on their personalized uniforms. It was weird to see bouncers escorting a group of security guards! Haha!

I didn’t get to take photos of Kjwan dressed up as gangsters, but Marc and Kelley jammed with the band and seeing them side by side with Razorback made them look like a bunch of miscreants at a mall trying to get the ire of the guards, haha!

Wally Gonzales and Sammy Asuncion performed with Razorback as well but they didn’t need costumes, they were already musical superheroes!

All photos taken using Sony A7r with 24-70 2.8 and 135 1.8 Zeiss

Venue: 12 Monkeys Century City Mall

You can view more photos on my facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nsandejas

 

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Shooting Radiohead was one of the most difficult shoots I ever did in my life, because it was also an emotional one. I’ve submitted and posted some photos from this set before but never really went through the entire set because somehow I didn’t want to think that it was over. That 2 years has passed since I shot them in Japan and that Fuji Rock Festival practically changed my life.

Radiohead’s set was dark for the large stage and the LED screens and smoky atmosphere didn’t help. It was technically difficult to shoot, coupled with the fact that I was shaking inside knowing that Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood was only several feet away from me. I remember sneaking into the backstage to use the toilet and while walking, I was trying to take a peek if someone would step out of their tents. Unfortunately I didn’t see anybody.

I flew to Japan mainly because of Radiohead, shooting Noel Gallager and Liam Gallagher (separately was a bonus), Stone Roses, Jack White, REFUSED, Justice, James Blake, and oh so many more I can’t possibly name was just a load of cherries on top. It was an overwhelming burden, one that almost made my heart burst. It was life changing, to wake up in your hotel with a view of Mt. Naeba and walking to work to take photos of these huge bands for three days in a row.

It was not a bad life to have. Not bad at all.

I remember saying that I would cry when they play Arpeggi, but I didn’t. I was in so much shock hearing it live that I just couldn’t react to anything because I still had to do my job. I cried the day after. I was so grateful, haha.

Radiohead is one of the top bands I’ve crossed out on my short short bucketlist. I started a career in music photography so I can just cross off this list, but have only crossed out half of that so I can’t retire amidst this lovely domesticated life I have (being 31 years old and about a year away from settling down).

I’ve still got a long way to go. I’m posting these because the travel bug has been biting me in the ass for a while now with only one trip this year. Maybe after I get married I’ll go on tour again! Hopefully!

So here it is, a lot of Jonny and Thom’s photos mainly because the stage is mighty huge and I’m mighty tiny, I can’t seem to take a photo of the rest of the band perfectly.

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My name is Niña Sandejas. Duly educated in fashion but would rather take photos of musicians and go to concerts for a living.

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