6underground

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This article is about a music venue. For the 1996 Sneaker Pimps song, see 6 Underground.

6UNDERGROUND is a music venue in the Philippines established in 2004 that was founded by Filipinos from fields of music, photography, and acting. They employed a venue where a prior rock bar once flourished in the 1990s called Kalye.[1] Also known as 6UG, it gives a chance for new bands to perform their original Filipino music as well as for established acts to nurture their fan base at the bar level.

In 2006, Glass Tower, the building where the old 6Underground was housed, was purchased by a corporation whose plans were to use the property as a new thrift bank. The bar transferred to a new place in Ortigas Center and renamed the venue 6Underground Live & Raw.[2]

The bar[edit]

Many first-time customers found it difficult to locate the place. The small signage wasn't visible from the outside street and the venue itself was actually located at the basement, i.e. "underground", of the old Glass Tower building along Palanca Street in Legaspi Village. Upon finding the facade, the entrance was a mere passageway leading to the main gig area.[3] Chandeliers hang scarcely on the ceiling; old style narra tables and chairs replaced the look of most watering holes; and Jason Moss suicide paintings were suspended on hand-written walls.[4] Partly inspired by the movie "Blade", 6underground's look catered to college students, young urban professionals, and alternative music enthusiasts.

6UG in Ortigas Center is along Pearl Drive, Pasig City, near the University of Asia and the Pacific. Inasmuch as it is no longer physically located "underground", the bar took on a new look with the more spacious stage placed right in the middle of the venue, having the crowd encircling the performing artists, ala the "unplugged" television setting. Likewise, the old narra tables and chairs were replaced by Japanese-style tablets and pillows, giving a cozier bar atmosphere.[5]

The events[edit]

6UG was where Rivermaya made their live television special, "Live @ 6Underground", aired over Studio 23; one of the uncommon times that the old quartet with Rico Blanco performed their set in a relatively small venue. Ironically, it was also one of the very limited bars where Bamboo (band), a rival of Rivermaya, performed. When foreign acts Love Me Butch and Interlace came to Manila, their very first stops were also at 6underground. Conclusively, the film of The Dawn (band), "Tulad Ng Dati" as well as their video "Ang Iyong Paalam", were shot at the bar.

During its Makati tenure, 6UG was also the venue of events by Pulp magazine[6] NU 107, 99.5 RT, Monster Radio RX 93.1 radio stations, MTV Philippines, a bunch of get-togethers from schools Ateneo de Manila University, DLSU, Assumption College (Philippines), University of the Philippines, and many other groups. Even the first Philippine Idol TV series celebration was held there, among others.

6UG also played host to several sanctioned fights. Local mixed martial arts club, URCC,[7] did one of the very first organized fights there. The bout had no ring, just people acting as rings with mats all over the place and complete with round girls. It also witnessed other surprising and unpublished fist fights involving famous and infamous band members, groupies, goons, starlets, among other personalities. Quite naturally, 6underground was also the site for many photo shoots involving models, singers, actresses and the likes.

The albums[edit]

It is the only music venue in the Philippines that released two compilation albums. The Gathering album[8] was released in 2006 produced by 6UG co-owner Bel Sayson[9] under 6Underground Records and Ballyhoo. It was an independently produced collection of bands that regularly played at the bar. They were The Amandas, Kiko Machine, Pinas, Lahi, Southern Grass, Sugarhiccup, Shoulder State, Dream Kitchen, Prank Sinatra, to name a few.

The second album entitled Live & Raw was released in 2007. It is a collection of live and unedited performances captured at 6UG. The artists included therein are considered as some of the well-known personalities in Pinoy rock: Pepe Smith, The Dawn (band), Rivermaya, Kjwan, Kapatid (band), Skychurch, among others.[10] This was likewise produced by Bel Sayson under 6Underground Records and distributed nationwide by Warner Music Philippines.

The bands[edit]

More than 600 artists have performed at 6UG. Among them were 6 Cycle Mind, 18th Issue, Angulo,[11] Badburn, Callalily, Chicosci,[12] Cynthia Alexander, Champagne, Daydream Cycle, Death by Stereo, Dicta License, Enemies Of Saturn, Erektus, Faspitch, Furlong, Francis M, Greyhoundz, Hale, Imago (band), Itchyworms, Join d Club, Juana, Julianne, Jun Lopito, Kala, Kapatid (band),[13] Kiko Machine, Kjwan, Lokomotiv, Mayonnaise, Menaya, Narda, Paramita, Parokya Ni Edgar, Pedicab, Pepe Smith, Pupil (band), Queso, Radioactive Sago Project, Razorback (band), Rocksteddy, Sandwich, Session Road, Sinosikat?, Slapshock, Sponge Cola, Stonefree, Sugarhiccup, Black Manika, Kadja Odja, Tropical Depression, Tuesday Vargas, Typecast (band), Up Dharma Down,[14] Urbandub, Vinyard, Wickermoss, and many others.

Media[edit]

6underground was featured in various Philippine print media like Pulp, Burn, Fudge, Mabuhay, FHM, Uno, Anthem, Loud, Circuit, Philippine Star, and Manila Bulletin. Many of its past events were covered by both MTV Philippines and the Myx channels.

In 2008, 6UG launched the "Live & Raw" television show on Studio 23 every Sundays at 10:45PM. It is a collection of live performances as recorded at 6Underground. This is the first time that a Philippine rock venue has gone national TV. Simultaneously, 6UG also partnered with the Home of NU Rock, NU 107, for a similar-format FM radio show every Tuesdays at 10:00PM with hosts Pulp's Joey Dizon and Bel Sayson.[15] To complete the media, they also feature other band performances and live video streaming through their website, underground.ph [1], making 6Underground an independent multimedia community.

References[edit]

  • Philmusic.com, 6Underground Divesifies: Branch Out to TV, Radio, and Internet. [2][16]
  • Philmusic.com, 6Underground Lives on: Live & Raw. [3][17]
  • Anthem Mag, January 2007 [4][18]
  • Anthem Mag, March 2007[19]
  • Burn Mag, December 2006[20]
  • Burn Mag, February 2007[21]
  • FHM Phils Mag, July 2005[22]
  • FHM Phils Mag, August 2006[23]
  • FHM Phils Mag, June 2007[24]
  • Fudge Mag Phils, December 2006[25]
  • Fudge Mag Phils, October 2008[26]
  • Mabuhay Mag, December 2005[27]
  • Philippine Star newspaper, December 23, 2005[28]
  • Pulp Magazine, September 2005[29]
  • Pulp Magazine, November 2007[30]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mallabo, D: "What can be found in...", page 48, Burn Magazine, December 2006
  2. ^ Seen, P: "No longer seen in the dark", page 12, Pulp Magazine, March 2009
  3. ^ Buendia, E: "Watch this space, 6Underground", page 40, FHM Philippines Magazine, July 2005
  4. ^ "Far from the maddening crowd", page 32, Mabuhay Magazine, December 2005
  5. ^ Allejo, A: "Scenes from the underground", pag 42, Fudge Magazine, October 2008
  6. ^ Pulp's Adrenaline Pumping Christmas, page D-8, Philippine Star, December 23, 2005
  7. ^ Luna, S: "6UG is 2", page 68, Burn Magazine, February 2007
  8. ^ Caballa, J: "A well-selected compilation..", page 93, Pulp Magazine, 2006
  9. ^ Dizon, J: "6Underground", page 40, Pulp Magazine, July 2005
  10. ^ Caballa, J: "6Underground Live & Raw", page 106, Pulp Magazine, November 2007
  11. ^ Bahaghari: "We offer fame", page 20, FHM Philippines Magazine, August 2006
  12. ^ Ramos, E: "Ebonics Emo", page 4, Fudge Magazine, December 2006
  13. ^ "Big Brother, Kapatid's Comeback Gig", page 130, Rogue Magazine, March 2009
  14. ^ Sarmiento, A: "A whole lotta music...", page 3, Anthem Magazine, March 2007
  15. ^ Ayson, J: "6Underground Diversifies...", Philmusic.com, 2007
  16. ^ Jim Ayson: "6underground Diversifies Branch Out to TV, Radio, and Internet, page 1, Philmusic, 2008
  17. ^ Jim Ayson: "6Underground Lives on Live and Raw, page 1, Philmusic, 2007
  18. ^ "Venerating music beneath the earth", page 2, Anthem, 2007
  19. ^ Ailene Sarmiento: "A whole lot of music at 6Underground", page 3, Anthem, 2007
  20. ^ Denise Mallabo: "What can be found 6 feet underground in the middle of yuppie city?", page 48, Burn, 2006
  21. ^ Shaira Luna: "6UG is 2!", page 68, Burn, 2007
  22. ^ Ely Buendia: "Watch this space, 6Underground", page 40, FHM, 2005
  23. ^ Bahaghari: "We offer fame", page 20, FHM, 2006
  24. ^ "Schools of Rock, page 30, FHM, 2007
  25. ^ Ed Ramos: "Ebonics Emo", page 4, Fudge, 2006
  26. ^ Annie Alejo: "Scenes from the underground", page 42, Fudge, 2008
  27. ^ "Far from the maddening crowd", page 32, Mabuhay, 2005
  28. ^ "Adrenaline pumping christmas", page D-8, Philippine Star, December 23, 2005
  29. ^ Joey Dizon: "6Underground", page 40, Pulp, 2005
  30. ^ Jason Caballa: "6Underground Live & Raw, page 106, Pulp, 2007

Coordinates: 14°34′50″N 121°03′38″E / 14.5805°N 121.060425°E / 14.5805; 121.060425