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Rich In Love At Timbre (Part 3)

This post has been lying on our WordPress draft section since Oct 7. Completely forgot about it. Last month was pretty tight with lots of gigs and activities. So here goes…

…continued from Rich In Love At Timbre (Part 2)

Our Final Set at The Substation

Right after chilling out for a bit at Timbre @ Old School we headed straight to The Substation for the usual soundcheck. A few minutes before our set a queue was forming outside. We played to what seemed like a full house bar for that evening. Many guests who came to see us the previous night were also present to witness our last gig in SG.

We were far more relaxed, like we’re in a familiar place. It felt like home.

All black and white photos by Deo Virtucio of Requiem Rising Singapore. To see more, click HERE>>>

Canto De Maria Clara – The Camerawalls (Live at Timbre @ The Substation)

My Life’s Arithmetic Means – The Camerawalls (Live at Timbre @ The Substation)

Bread and Circuses – The Camerawalls (Live at Timbre @ The Substation)

Rockin’ The Rabbit

We dearly love and enjoy playing twee and indie pop music. However, I cannot disregard the inclination to touch base with my blues, rock and roll and psychedelic roots from time to time. When Playboy Philippines invited us to be part of the roster of artists for the 2011 Rock The Rabbit on September 30 at Elements in Centris, we found the perfect setting for our heavier materials.

The event was headlined by Pinoy classic rock icon Pepe Smith and the equally classic Maria Cafra. We performed after them in a pretty late slot of around 2am to a thinning crowd. We enjoyed the gig and the stage nevertheless and played  our hearts out on two songs. Too much that my aged Fender strap snapped during the first song. Heart Abunda of Tanya Markova was there to save me with his hot pink strap. 🙂

Lord of The Flies 

The Emperor, The Concubine & The Commoner 


Rich In Love At Timbre (Part 2)

…continued from Rich In Love At Timbre (Part 1)

Our first gig at Timbre, despite the rain, wasn’t bad for a Tuesday night. It was delight to find many Filipinos in the crowd and some locals who have been following our music since last year.

A Visit to the Timbre Music Academy

The excitement of the night didn’t wear off till the wee hours of the morning. We overslept during the day crushing our plans to take a stroll around the city. Our itinerary the following day starts with a short stop at Timbre Music Academy. It’s a unique facility that balances the learning curve of their students by providing not only theoretical or technical knowledge but also hone the practical aspects of performing outside the classroom. Timbre operates 6 live music venues across the city, featuring prominent local bands every night and all their instructors gig professionally so they are able to impart practical and proven techniques of a live music performance.

At Timbre Music Academy

Recording my Tip of the Day.

They often ask visiting musicians to contribute a tip of the day to their Timbre Music Academy Facebook page and YouTube channel. The tips can be anything music-performance related and will be recorded inside the academy. I shared some pretty basic strumming tips for those with budding interest in learning how to play the acoustic guitar. Below is the result:

 

The intro riff is the exact acoustic rhythm section I recorded for our song “The Emperor, The Concubine & The Commoner“. I stressed the importance of learning to play good rhythm. Sure, anyone can be a burning lead guitar player and rip out on solos. But solos occupy a small percentage in most songs, so one’s lead guitar skills are really only ever be as good as his rhythm skills.

Chilling at Timbre @ Old School.

With Sy Low - Timbre's Music and Marketing Manager.

Right beside the academy conveniently lies Timbre @ Old School, an acoustic bar nestled amid creative agencies and art galleries. This acoustic music space and watering hole’s laid back ambiance is just perfect for chilling out. It’s already open early in the afternoon. We chilled out and chatted for a while with Sy Low. She is Timbre’s music and marketing manager and the one directly taking care of us. She shared some of her interesting experiences with musicians they invited over to perform like Bob Dylan and some tidbits from past events.

Old School!

to be continued…

Rich In Love At Timbre (Part 1)

If you’re an indie band playing indie music, what are the chances of getting on the commercial train in the current climate of our music industry? Not very high, of course. Rejecting what artists are force-fed, and the decision that we can do better ourselves is the fundamental premise behind the existence of indie labels, especially in the case of Lilystars Records.

When opportunity knocks

A few years ago, when I ceased to distress myself over the things that is crippling the health of indie and commercial pop music, I get relieved when once in a while, we receive a knock of opportunity that recharges our battery of hope to thrive and continue. The opportunity to gig abroad was one of them.

Last year, we had a very memorable experience at Baybeats in Esplanade, Singapore. Our first festival gig in a foreign country. A year after, we found ourselves back in the streets of this marvelous city, this time to perform intimate shows in a bar setting. We aren’t so good at finding gigs, much less having an ear and awareness for these types of engagements. Luckily, they find us.

As early as July, we received a generous invite from Timbre Group, a company with a diversified portfolio of a holistic and synergistic range of music, lifestyle, entertainment and education brands, to perform on September 13 and 14 in one of their live music bars – Timbre @ The Substation.

The experience was equally memorable as the last one. We got to play more songs (an hour each per night), meet and greet more people, sell more records and more drunken nights with just the four of us getting plastered in a back alley where Spicy Thai Thai Restaurant is located, helping ourselves with large bottles of Carlsberg (600+ml) and extra spicy Thai and Indochinese food till 3Am.

Day 1 in Singapore

We arrived at Changi International Airport a day earlier after boarding the first flight via Tiger Airways. Ben and Sy of Timbre welcomed us and took us to our hotel along Dickson Road. Along the way, i brought up the topic about the Old Changi Hospital, asking if the way it was documented in that horror flick is accurate. He shook his head and discouraged us from visiting that place, considered as one of the scariest places in Singapore. Try watching Haunted Changi to see what it looks like inside out.

We rested for a while and did a short tour of Little India complete with authentic Indian cuisine for lunch. Early evening we decided to visit Marina Bay Sands. Along the way, we kept admiring their ultra convenient bus and train system, so far in comparison with what Manila has to offer.

At Marina Bay Sands mall.

We were able to catch Wonder Full, the free spectacular light and water show, the largest in Southeast Asia. The show employed the mediums of giant water screens, vibrant multicolored high-powered Lasers, search lights, spot lights, fountains, surround sound, strobes, LED lighting, video projection and other special effects. The sights and sounds were astounding and breathtaking. A goosebumps galore moment for all of us.

Wonder Full is definitely a cheap thrill of world-class architecture and musical direction everyone visiting Singapore must see.

It was the best nightcap ever. The weariness from lack of sleep and travel blues was instantly swept away.

Waiting for the bus.

At the Substation – Sept 13

Well rested the following day, we headed early at The Substation where the Timbre branch is located to do a sound check. It was a sizable open-air venue which can hold around 250 people or more. Pretty big actually. We were expecting a closed, intimate space but the ambiance kind of feels like home.

Early sound check at Timbre @ The Substation

A view of one side of the venue from the stage.

Getting the hang of it.

When we finally got the feel of the sound and the stage, we killed the next hour with pizza and bottles of Heineken. Surprisingly, there were a number of Filipino employees working at the bar. And did I mention the front desk lady at our hotel is also a Filipina? One can expect great service on such occasions.

Pizza and beer with our roadie Antonette.

Danny Loong, Timbre's co-founder and creative director, introducing us to the crowd during our first night.

It began to rain the moment we climb the stage to begin the show. We had the pleasure of being introduced by the creative director and one of the founders of Timbre Group – Mr. Danny Loong (who also happens to be an excellent blues guitarist). I was able to chat with him earlier about the music scene in the country and a possible collaboration with Lilystars to bring in great Singapore acts to Manila and vice-versa. Something worth considering especially with the kind of hospitality, promotion and exposure they are giving The Camerawalls.

We also met some folks from Requiem Rising Singapore. An events production group consisting of Filipino young professionals and artists and indie/new wave music enthusiasts. One of their members Deo Virtucio, was kind enough to share some black and white pictures he took during the event. See them below:

Clementine

Law Santiago

Not minding the rain.

Joseph "Bachie" Rudica

Our new guitarist - George Carillo.

All warmed-up and spaced out.

 For more photos by Deo Virtucio, click Here. 

We were able to capture “The Emperor, The Concubine & The Commoner”, our last song, on video recorded by Antonette.

 

Some of the good people we met, bought our records and chatted with during our first night at Timbre:

With folks from Requiem Rising Singapore.


 

…continued at Rich In Love At Timbre (Part 2)

The Significance of Four

Every number has a certain power which is expressed both by its symbol to denote its representation and by its connection to universal principles. Numbers have relationships with all things in nature, thus making them supremely powerful symbolic expressions.

This is based on Numerology – the study of numbers and their influence in our lives. While I do not practice or subscribe to this, it’s fascinating to sometimes look up on spiritual meanings behind numbers and explore how it applies to us for our own personal coherence on the subject. For instance, it’s significance to the anniversary of our band. We recently celebrated our fourth year as a group on September 9 at Gweilo Bar in Makati to welcome what we considered The Camerawalls’ founding date, which falls on September 10.

The symbolic meaning of number Four deals with stability and invokes the grounded nature of all things. Consider the four seasons, four directions, four elements all these amazingly powerful essences wrapped up in the nice square package of Four. Fours represent solidity, calmness, and home. A recurrence of Four in your life may signify the need to get back to your roots, center yourself, or even “plant” yourself. Fours also indicate a need for persistence and endurance.

Stable, grounded, solid. — Perhaps those four years of struggle and trying out new things on our own has made us experience enough to consider such. Humbling episodes year after year. I had the pleasure of working with great people, some of them good friends, to be able to come through with the challenges of getting back to my roots and be an indie band.

Looking back at the year that has passed, here’s a modest list of interesting events that happened to The Camerawalls since our last anniversary celebration:

1. Recruited a new drummer, Joseph Rudica, who’s also from Bulacan and drummer of twee pop band The Gentle Isolation. Related story…

2. Went back to Sonic State studio with producers Jonathan Ong and Robert Javier to record a new EP. Related story…

3. Released “Bread & Circuses” EP under Lilystars Records. The EP was launched on December 11, 2010 at Ayala Museum. Related story…

4. Fronted for the China Crisis during one of their shows in Manila. Related blog…

5. Shot two music videos in one day. A Gentle Persuasion and Bread and Circuses courtesy of our generous friend G-nie Arambulo of Adphoto.

6. Our single Bread and Circuses, was named semifinalist in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition in the Folk/Singer/Songwriter Category. Related story…

6. Recently recruited George Carillo, our new electric guitarist,  finally completing our sound during live performances.

7. Visited Singapore for the second time for a two-night show at Timbre @ The Substation. Related story…

The crowd at Gweilo that night were an odd mix of young students eager to see the band, young professionals, a number of foreigners, and some stray folks in their late 30s and early 40s. The rest are close friends of ours. The younger audiences did came as a surprise. Our music crossing over to high school and college students, without the benefit of radio and tv, is something of value.

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Photos courtesy of Cristina Roig (http://gig.ph)

To make it worth their while, we played two sets alternating originals with choice covers. Below is our take on a classic Ocean Blue song.

 

We closed the bar as usual and parted ways around 4AM. I love the intimate vibe our gigs in a small watering hole produces. Strangers meet strangers and like minded people, all infected with the music and camaraderie. We are thankful to all who came, bought the records at 40% off, and partied with us. Many of which have to travel far just to get there. Cheers and on to the fifth! – Clementine