UDD (band)

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Up Dharma Down 2008.jpg
The band posing for a photoshoot in 2008. From L-R: Carlos Tañada, Armi Millare, Ean Mayor, and Paul Yap
Background information
Also known asUp Dharma Down (former name)
OriginManila, Philippines
Years active2004–present
LabelsTerno Recordings
WebsiteOfficial website

UDD, formerly known as Up Dharma Down, is a Filipino band formed in Manila in 2004. They have released four albums Fragmented, Bipolar, Capacities and U D D' released under independent record label Terno Recordings.

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.[1] In 2008, they were awarded Favorite Indie Artist at the Myx Music Awards.[2]

Mark Coles' BBC show tagged them as the Asian band to most likely cross over to North American shores,[3] and has been featured in numerous regional shows together with bands such as Arcade Fire (Canada) and Bloc Party (UK). They have also been recognized by Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile, Curt Smith of Tears for Fears and Tim Bowness of No-Man. They were featured in the July 2007 issue of Time magazine.[4] The band has opened for acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Bloc Party, The XX, Tegan and Sara, Tahiti 80, and Cut Copy.

On January 1, 2017, the band officially renamed to its initials UDD.[5]

Band members[edit]

Current members

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


Studio Albums[edit]

  • Fragmented (2006, Terno Recordings)
  • Bipolar (2008, Terno Recordings)
  • Capacities (2012, Terno Recordings)
  • U D D (2019, Terno Recordings)


Song Album
"Maybe" Fragmented
"Pag-Agos" (played by the original drummer)
"We Give in Sometimes"
"Every First Second" Bipolar
"Turn It Well" Capacities
"New World" N/A
"All The Good Things"
"Sigurado"[5] UDD
"Crying Season"[7][8]

Compilation Tracks[edit]


  • Ang Pamana (The Inheritance) - "Flicker"
  • Mayohan - "Hiwaga [Acoustic Version]"
  • Ilumina (TV Series) - "Tadhana"
  • Sana Dati (Cinemalaya 2013) - "Indak"
  • That Thing Called Tadhana (Cinema One Originals 2014) - "Tadhana"
  • Honor Thy Father - "Tao (by Armi Millare)"
  • Apocalypse Child - "Young Again (by Armi Millare)"

Ad Campaigns[edit]

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2006 "Maybe" Nicolo Reyes[10]
"Pag-agos" Marie Jamora
"Hiwaga" Nicolo Reyes[11]
2007 "Oo" RA Rivera[12]
2008 "Every First Second" Keith Tan[13]
2009 "Sana" Pancho Esguerra[14]
2010 "We Give in Sometimes" The Acid House[15]
2011 "Indak" Carlo Perlas, Mike Babista, Boogs San Juan[16]
2012 "Turn It Well" Caloy Soliongco[17]
2013 "Luna" Nicolo Reyes & Pong Ignacio[17]
2014 "ルナ" Nicolo Reyes & Pong Ignacio[17]
2015 "All The Good Things" Johan Polhem
2017 "Sigurado" Nicolo Reyes

Cover Songs[edit]

  • "Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko" - Bodjie Dasig[18]
  • "One on One" - Hall and Oates
  • "Here Comes the Rain Again" - Eurythmics
  • "Kaibigan" - Apo Hiking Society (Kami nAPO Muna ULIT)
  • "Just A Smile" - Barbie Almalbis
  • "Tinseltown in the Rain" - The Blue Nile

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.[19]

Year Award Work Results
2011 The Indie Rocker Up Dharma Down Won[20]


The Asia Voice Indie Music Awards (AVIMA) has been dubbed the world's largest celebration of independent talent.[21]

Year Award Work Results
2009 Best Overall Female Vocalist Armi Millare Won[22]
2010 Won[23]
Best Video "Sana" Won[24]

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[25]
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[26]

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[27]
2008 Won[2] [28]

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[29]


  • First Filipino Band to be featured in MTV's “Advance 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.[4]
  • Featured as one of Metromix USA's "Bands We Like."


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  3. ^ Evangelista, Patricia (December 10, 2012). "Up Dharma Down and the perks of being wallflowers". Rappler. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
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  6. ^ News, ABS-CBN. "New Year surprise: UDD releases 3 new tracks". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
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  15. ^ Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "Acid House Official Site".
  16. ^ Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "Tower Of Doom YouTube Channel".
  17. ^ a b c Tongson, Tomas (2014-10-01). "UDDTV YouTube Channel".
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbSMF4cDmsw
  19. ^ Tomas, Tongson (2014-10-01). "About Tatt Awards".
  20. ^ Tomas, Tongson (2014-10-01). "Winners of the Globe Tatt Awards 2011 – Awards Night". When in Manila. Retrieved 2011-08-28.
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  22. ^ Tomas, Tongson (2014-10-01). "AVIMA 2009: And the winners are..." Malaysiakini. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
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  25. ^ Gil, Baby A. (November 24, 2006). "NU 107 Rock Awards nominees". PhilStar.com. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
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  27. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (March 15, 2007). "2nd Myx Music Awards to take place tonight, March 15". PEP.ph. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
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  29. ^ Tomas, Tongson (2014-10-01). "Yahoo! OMG Awards 2011 Nominees Revealed!". Showbiz Nest. Retrieved 2011-06-26.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
NU Rock Awards
Best New Artist

Succeeded by