Up Dharma Down

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Up Dharma Down
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres Post rock, experimental rock, pop rock, shoegazing, electronic rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Terno Recordings
Website Official website
Members Armi Millare
Carlos Tanada
Ean Mayor
Paul Yap
Past members Jeft Ignacio

Up Dharma Down is a Filipino band that takes elements from different genres and combines them to create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their discography contains three LPs, 2006's Fragmented, 2008's Bipolar and 2012's Capacities (all under independent record label Terno Recordings).

Mark Cole's BBC show tagged them as the Asian band to most likely cross over to North American shores, and has been featured in numerous regional shows together with bands such as Arcade Fire (Canada) and Bloc Party (UK).

Their eclectic music was enough to be featured in the July 2007 issue of Time Magazine.

They have also been recognized by Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile, Curt Smith of Tears for Fears and Tim Bowness of No-Man.

In 2005, the band won the coveted In the Raw Award at the NU 107 Rock Awards as well as Best New Artist and Best Female Award for vocalist and keyboardist, Armi Millare, in 2006. In 2008, they were awarded Favorite Indie Artist at the Myx Music Awards.[1]

The band has open for acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Bloc Party, The XX, Tegan and Sara, Tahiti 80, and Cut Copy.

In 2014, the band released a Japanese version of their song Luna.

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Armi Millare - keyboards, vocals (since 2004)
  • Carlos Tanada - lead guitars, synthesizers (since 2004)
  • Ean Mayor - drums, samplers (since 2004)
  • Paul Yap - bass, synthesizers (since 2004)

Former Members

  • Jeft Ignacio - co-lead guitar, violin, backing vocals (2004-2005)

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Song Album
"Maybe" Fragmented
"Pag-Agos" (played by the original drummer)
"Oo"
"Hiwaga"
"We Give in Sometimes"
"Every First Second" Bipolar
"Sana"
"Taya"
"Turn It Well" Capacities
"Tadhana"
"Indak"
"Luna"

Compilation Tracks[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

  • Ang Pamana (The Inheritance) - "Flicker"
  • Mayohan - "Hiwaga [Acoustic Version]"
  • Ilumina (TV Series) - "Tadhana"
  • Sana Dati (Cinemalaya 2013) - "Indak"

Ad Campaigns[edit]

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2006 "Maybe" Nicolo Reyes[2]
"Pag-agos" Uncredited
"Hiwaga" Nicolo Reyes[3]
2007 "Oo" RA Rivera[4]
2008 "Every First Second" Keith Tan[5]
2009 "Sana" Pancho Esguerra[6]
2010 "We Give in Sometimes" The Acid House[7]
2011 "Indak" Carlo Perlas, Mike Babista, Boogs San Juan[8]
2012 "Turn It Well" Caloy Soliongco[9]
2013 "Luna" Nicolo Reyes & Pong Ignacio[9]
2014 "ルナ" Nicolo Reyes & Pong Ignacio[9]

Cover Songs[edit]

  • "Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko" - Bodjie Dasig[10]
  • "One on One" - Hall and Oates
  • "Here Comes the Rain Again" - Eurythmics

Awards and nominations[edit]

Globe Tatt Awards[edit]

Globe Tattoo created the Tatt Awards which recognizes individuals who share Tattoo's fiery passion for greatness, founded on individuality and a sincere interest to lead by sharing with others.[11]

Year Award Work Results
2011 The Indie Rocker Up Dharma Down Won[12]

AVIMA[edit]

The Asia Voice Indie Music Awards (AVIMA) has been dubbed the world's largest celebration of independent talent.[13]

Year Award Work Results
2009 Best Overall Female Vocalist Armi Millare Won[14]
2010 Won
Best Video "Sana" Won[15]

NU Rock Awards[edit]

The NU Rock Awards was an annual recognition program sponsored from 1994 to 2010 by the defunct Metro Manila based radio station NU 107.

Year Award Work Results
2005 In the Raw Award Up Dharma Down Won
2006 Best New Artist Won
Best Female Award Armi Millare Won
Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Guitarist of the Year Carlos Tañada Nominated
Bassist of the Year Paul Yap Nominated
Rising Sun Award Up Dharma Down Nominated
Song of the Year "Oo" Nominated
Album of the Year "Fragmented" Nominated
Producer of the Year Noel de Brackinghe, Sweetspot and Up dharma Down Nominated
2009 Artist of the Year Up Dharma Down Won
Album of the Year "Bipolar" Won
Vocalist of the Year Armi Millare Won

MYX Music Awards[edit]

The MYX Music Awards is an accolade presented annually by the cable channel Myx to honor the biggest hitmakers in the Philippines.

Year Award Work Results
2007 Favorite Indie Artist Up Dharma Down Nominated
2008 Won

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Award Work Results
2006 Best Video "Pag-agos" Nominated
Best New Artist Up Dharma Down Nominated

Yahoo! OMG Awards[edit]

Year Award Work Results
2011 Coolest Band Up Dharma Down Nominated[16]

Recognitions[edit]

  • First Filipino Band to be featured in MTV's “Advanced Warning”, showcasing up-and-coming artists in the Asian region and worldwide.
  • Featured in Mark Coles' BBC Radio Show as the "Manila band most likely to cross over to the lucrative Anglophone market of North America."
  • Featured in July issue of Time Magazine
  • Featured as one of Metromix USA's "Bands We Like"

References[edit]

  1. ^ dela Cruz, Karen (2008-11-11). "Up dharma Down turns "Bipolar"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  2. ^ Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "Maui Mauricio YouTube Channel". 
  3. ^ Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "YouTube". 
  4. ^ Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "RA Rivera YouTube Channel". 
  5. ^ Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "Keith Tan YouTube Channel". 
  6. ^ Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "Toti Dalmacion YouTube Channel". 
  7. ^ Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "Acid House Official Site". 
  8. ^ Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "Tower Of Doom YouTube Channel". 
  9. ^ a b c Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "UDDTV YouTube Channel". 
  10. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbSMF4cDmsw
  11. ^ Tomas, Tongson (2014-10-01). "About Tatt Awards". 
  12. ^ Tomas, Tongson (2014-10-01). "Winners of the Globe Tatt Awards 2011 – Awards Night". When in Manila. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  13. ^ Tomas, Tongson (2014-10-01). "Wolfgang Nominated for Asia Voice Indie Music Awards". Myx. 
  14. ^ Tomas, Tongson (2014-10-01). "AVIMA 2009: And the winners are...". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  15. ^ Tomas, Tongson; Tony Maghirang (2014-10-01). "Pinoy musicians win Asian awards". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  16. ^ Tomas, Tongson (2014-10-01). "Yahoo! OMG Awards 2011 Nominees Revealed!". Showbiz Nest. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Pedicab
NU Rock Awards
Best New Artist

2006
Succeeded by
Hilera