I feel sometimes that I don’t give enough representation to the genre of OPM (Original Pilipino Music). I know a lot of the people who look at my website are Filipino and I know a lot of people involved in Kpop are Filipino. I used to live in the Philippines. I know some things. With that being said, I want to represent the Filipino music industry a bit better. Today I will start with one of my favorite songs in the Filipino industry, “Indak” by Up Dharma Down.
In the series the video comes from, a music studio brings in musicians from all over the country and has them perform as a live studio performance. For those of you who don’t know what that means. It means they play their music live and all the tweaks done are usually done in post production. The series is called Tower of Doom and they’ve had all sorts of musicians in their studio, but they tend to stick more towards actual musicians playing actual instruments rather than just vocalists. As I mentioned, the video is just them performing their song as if it were a band practice in the studio.
The reason this is one of my favorite songs is under multiple reasons actually. The first being that the girl can sing. This may not be the best example of what her voice is capable of but trust me when I say she can sing. That’s the first reason. The second is the instrumentation. There’s something soothing about a soft steady beat, some glitchy synthesizer tones, a lulling bass, and powerful vocals. It is just so beautiful and relaxing and unlike anything else OPM has to offer. The last reason I sort of mentioned at the end of my last reason and that is that it is honestly unlike anything in OPM. The Filipino music industry strives on following popular fads, musically, that are current in the States. They are not a very creative bunch when it comes to innovating ideas musically. That’s why when you get groups like Up Dharma Down, it’s something so beautiful. The Filipino people are very talented, don’t get me wrong, but I would like to see them pull off something like Kpop does, shaping new genres around stylistic forms in the U.S, but also developing it to be their own.
Anyway, do you like OPM? Have you heard of it before? What about my Filipino readers? What are your thoughts on Up Dharma Down? Thank you for your support. Thank you for taking time out to read this. Please support Up Dharma Down. They haven’t had a full comeback in a while so I’m hoping they do soon. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
Like I've mentioned before, music has no language barriers, it knows no language. I want to dedicate this section of my website to reviewing in any way, shape or form other languages of music. This includes Jpop, Mandopop, OPM, Vpop, Latin music, Russian, German, American, Venezuelan, you name it. If you think it's worth giving a listen, I'll listen to it and give you a review.