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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I was so late for this gig. Rushed from another event where I took photos of Kjwan, WilaBaliW and Razorback. Kulang nalang Slapshock I would have been able to take photos of the entire Red Horse Beer roster. Good thing I got to the event mid-way, just as things were starting to get warmed up. I was extremely tired from having two other separate events earlier in the day starting 9am, but I didn’t want to miss this! I missed the first 15 years and did everything I could to get there on time. Sometimes I wish I had been able to follow all their adventures through the years, but I’m just grateful I get to live it vicariously through their stories. I’m so proud of the band and Niño most especially because he’s one hardworking and extremely talented musician. Di nako mageelaborate baka sabihin biased ako, hehe.

Greyhoundz performed 17 songs in line with the 17th anniversary and played for almost two whole hours! B-Side packed more than a thousand people who screamed, moshed, danced, taunted the bouncers (haha). Reg told the ones in the moshpit that they’re one of the reasons the band looked good. I agree. It makes my albums look good, too! Ian Tayao jammed with Greyhoundz mid-way until the end of the set!

I reserved a Greyhoundz 17th Anniversary shirt. I suggest you buy one in Medisina right away before it runs out.

Check out the photos of the event below! All photos taken using Sony A7r with 24-70 2.8 and 135 1.8 Zeiss

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To give you an idea of how much beer there was at the SMB Oktoberfest in Greenfield District last night, there was a constant mist of beer coming out of several humongous beer bottles to cool the crowd. To make it even more fun, there were these trigger happy ‘beer men’ who walked around with kegs of beer hosing down everyone in sight, making sure everyone gets a taste of beer.

The biggest beer festival in the country kicks off with a powerful show with Rivermaya singing the Oktoberfest anthem. Seeing Rivermaya again after such a long time was one of my personal highlights, especially seeing Mike Elgar sing and dive into a moshpit as he got carried and tossed around by crazy fans.

It was also a treat Alice Dixon there, who actually showed interest in jamming with Greyhoundz earlier that evening (I was even supposed to talk to her, but I’m not Greyhoundz’ manager, haha) but since the band was going to play later on in the evening, she ended up dancing on stage with Kjwan who performed earlier. She was so eager to party!

Pepe Smith is THE man, his humor is boundless. When Ruffa Gutierrez was called, Pepe Smith was the one who came out on stage stealing a bit of the actresses limelight. He got more cheers than Daniel Matsunaga, FYI, haha.

Main bands 6cyclemind, Pupil, Greyhoundz with Loonie and B-boy of Queso, Kjwan and Slapshock performed their first songs with a live remix of top DJs like Deuce Manila, Couchlab, Ace Ramos and Mars Miranda, because kids, you’re all about EDM nowadays *sigh*.

The much elusive performance of Greyhoundz with Loonie  and B-Boy performing “Ang Bagong Ako” was a treat, since it’s only the 2nd time they’ve performed it publicly after the release of their video (the first one was during the Brgy. Tibay anniversary at 70s Bistro early this year)

Slapshock closed the set wearing futuristic skull masks, made the crowd jump so hard that you could feel the ground shake a bit. If you weren’t there, well here are some photos for you to spend your day with a ton of regret. :)

For more photos: Please check my facebook page at as I’ll be updating it constantly especially some behind the scenes pictures.

All photos are © Niña Sandejas and unathorized use is strictly prohibited. All photos taken using the Sony A7r with 24-70 2.8 and 135 1.8 Zeiss lenses.


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A few days ago, I posted a status on twitter about how I got slammed onto a table full of bottles and broken glasses. So here’s how it happened:

It was a monkey day for WilaBaliW as they had 2 gigs, one in 12 Monkeys in Makati and the next one was in Funky Monkey way, way up north – in Fairview.

A really rowdy crowd is normal at the rock gigs that I go to. Your popstars? Your pop-rock stars? SORRY, I can compare and they can’t compete with the kind of crowd I always experience with the rock gigs that I go to.

I’ve been pushed, hit in the head and got wet with beer and It’s very normal. Except this time it was the first time I actually semi-destroyed property, HAHAHAHA. There was a couple who was sitting on the table I slammed onto and they stood up out of fear. I was scared at first, then I felt so relieved nothing happened to me, then hours and days later I started getting all sorts of thoughts about how it could have destroyed my camera, only 3 weeks with me!

The funny thing about all of it is that I actually saved my camera which is why I fell. I could have used my hands to hold on to something, but I decided to just fall on my side or back (or side-back, whatever) to protect my camera.

I said that the photo I was trying to take should be worth it, but it isn’t. It’s a normal photo. I wasn’t looking for danger anyway, danger came to me. If my intention was to get a dangerous photo I would have something different.



Anyway, the photo just looks near to the crowd, but I wasn’t really directly behind them. It was dark and apparently I took a snapshot of the table right beside the one I landed on the way down. Haha.


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Since he was outside during WilaBaliW’s set, Kevin Roy asked the crowd, “Nagbackflip ba si Ian?”  

The crowd shouted yes, and told him Ian flipped twice.

“Dalawang beses? Aba sulit.”

He added, “Well kung may backflip si Ian, ako may ‘long moves’, and he started swaying his arms around slowly.

Oh Kevin. This is why I want Razorback to perform at my wedding, oh and this most especially, a reminder of how the whole of Razorback is super funny.

This is the first time WilaBaliW and Razorback performed back to back. Razorback manager Pat Pulumbarit told me outside that he was surprised that despite the packed gig outside, no one was going out. Usually when there are band productions, fans watch only one band they like and then stay outside or leave, as the fans of the rest of the bands enter to get their turn to watch.

Well it was empty outside during the bands’ sets. In between set-up of course there were people outside because the bands were outside, having their photos taken with fans. This was fun to shoot because of interesting reasons — such as Kevin’s new haircut and Manuel Legarda performing in shorts (not short shorts of course, but it is kinda weird to see ML in walking shorts. BAGETS.)

They also performed Eraserheads – Superproxy in extended version Razorback style (and you’ll see the video of that below so scroll down and watch til the end to see a funny comment from Kevin).

Ian did flip twice, but since WilaBaliW likes blinking lights, as compared to Razorback’s rather consistenly dim set (as they requested, bagay naman sa music), so focusing was difficult, not because of the camera, but because when lights go on and off and you’re trying to focus, the camera can’t decide if there’s a subject in front or none at all.

Also, I FINALLY GOT TO TAKE PHOTOS of my kindred spirit, Audry Dionisio of General Luna. The most badass female guitar player and my work chatmate in the mornings (inside joke). She has been jamming with so many bands the past several months, Kjwan, Razorback, whoelse? I don’t get to follow because I never get to see her. Ever since I got engaged you know my life has just been one big adjustment. My lack of posting here doesn’t mean I’m not active, it just means that there’s a whole lot of jobs that come my way and it’s file dumping and delivery. Grown up stuff you foos!

When you find the opportunity to get paid for what you do then you take it! I’ve been through the whole passion thing, which I sometimes miss, but I’ve got bigger plans. It’s all penciled in, now I just have to find time to do it, just as I recently found time to write this post! Yehay!

WilaBaliW has a 3-song EP out being pushed by Sonic Boom. It’s paired up with a shirt to complement the latest single Not So Fast. Fahira is in that EP too. You should check it out and buy it. The poster is AMAZING. I’m saying that not because it’s a photo I took, but the printing… Oh it just makes everything look nice.

All photos were taken using the Sony A7r with the amazingly crisp Zeiss lenses 24-70 2.8 and 135 1.8. You can find more info on that on the Sony Philippines facebook.


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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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