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. Many of their listeners have tried to categorise their music, but the best way to understand their music is to press play. 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.


Former Members[edit]


Studio Albums[edit]

Album Singles/Releases[edit]

  • "Maybe" (from Fragmented)
  • "Pag-Agos" (from Fragmented) played by the original Drummer:
  • "Oo" (from Fragmented)
  • "Hiwaga" (from Fragmented)
  • "We Give In Sometimes" (from Fragmented)
  • "Every First Second" (from Bipolar)
  • "Sana" (from Bipolar)
  • "Taya" (from Bipolar)
  • "Turn It Well" (from Capacities)
  • "Tadhana" (from Capacities)
  • "Indak" (from Capacities)

Compilation Tracks[edit]


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

Ad Campaigns[edit]

Cover Songs[edit]

  • "Sana Dalawa Ang Puso Ko" - Bodjie Dasig[2]
  • "One on One" - Hall and Oates
  • "Here Comes The Rain Again" - Eurythmics


  • Globe Tatt Awards 2011 Indie Rocker Category
  • AVIMA 2010 Best Female Vocalist
  • AVIMA 2010 Best Video (Sana)
  • AVIMA 2009 Best Female Vocalist
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2009 Artist of the Year
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2009 Album of the Year
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2009 Vocalist of the Year
  • MYX MYX Music Awards 2008 Favorite Indie Artist
  • NU 107 Rock 2005 In The Raw Award
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Best New Artist
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Best Female Award


  • Yahoo Ph OMG 2011 "Coolest Band"
  • Myx Music Awards 2008 Favorite Indie Artist
  • Myx Music Awards 2007 Favorite Indie Artist
  • MTV Video Music Awards 2006 Best Video For “Pag-Agos”
  • MTV Video Music Awards 2006 Best New Artist
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Vocalist of the Year
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Guitarist of the Year
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Bassist of the Year
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Rising Sun Award
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Song of the Year for "Oo"
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Album of the Year "Fragmented"
  • NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Noel de Brackinghe, Sweetspot and Up dharma Down for Producer of the Year


  • 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"


  1. ^ dela Cruz, Karen (2008-11-11). "Up dharma Down turns "Bipolar"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbSMF4cDmsw

External links[edit]

Preceded by
NU Rock Awards
Best New Artist

Succeeded by