The first time I really got a chance to see Vincent Eco play live was during a Listening Room performance hosted 22 Tango Records. The experience was surreal. I couldn’t help myself and talked to the person beside me, “It’s so good… But so fucking depressing!” And I mean that in the most positive way possible. Good music along with good art has the ability to make you feel.
If you aren’t familiar with Happy Garaje, they are a design/illustration studio comprised of husband and wife team, Mark Deutsch and Johanna Velasco. It was founded in 2009 and also includes associate artist Karina Cuizon who joined in 2015. They’ve received numerous awards and distinctions, notably the Gold Award from The Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles, inclusion in the list of 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 put together by the advertising index Luerzer’s Archive in Europe; and their work has been featured in notable publications such as Communication Arts, Semi-Permanent, Australia, BluPrint magazine, among others.
Lawrence “Larry” Ypil is an accomplished writer and poet. His first book of poems, The Highest Hiding Place was given the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award (2011). His work has received The Academy of American Poets Prize, the Philippines Free Press Awards, and the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards among others.
This episode was a real treat for me. From my perspective, Urbandub came out of nowhere. I went to college in Manila and lived in a dormitory. The dorm organized lots of parties. To me, it looked like they just showed up one day and performed one heckuva rock show. From then on, I was hooked. I watched them almost every time they played in my college.
For now, I wanted to examine what happened in the past. After all, the past is what you learn today to benefit the future. With that in mind, I invited Alex “Phatboy” Lim to guest in the podcast. Having real experience managing a band and organizing concerts, he has plenty of stories to share.
Jude Crisostomo is the perfect person to ask about this world. Not only does he have years of marketing experience, he knows what it is like on the client side through his experience with his clothing brand, Strawberry Clothing. He is part of a very talented group of people in White Brick Creative Studio.