Music festival season is over (AFAIK) over here, and I upped myself this year by going to two, concluding with this multi-stage Strawberry Music Festival.
The venue was at World Expo Park, and upon realizing that, I knew another thing I could do: I could bike-ride myself there. I did, and for two days of this three-day event, I went, lugging the fairly unused Canon 60D on my first day (April 29), and the new Lumix GF3 on the second (April 30).
Sure, the gig photography diet was something I have been deprived of for some time, and it had been part of my balikbayan itinerary to catch a few favorites again.
One thing I tend to miss when shooting gigs is a great chunk of the live performance experience. I’ve seen Oremuz play a few times before, but this is the first time I can wholeheartedly state that this is one world-class act. I cannot find anything to nitpick about them, and their music. Right after their set, I was approached by one of the vocalists, Shekhinah, about the possibility of exchanging contact information so I can share the shots I took, and I told her that their bassist, Russel, already messaged me inquiring about getting copies of photos I’ve taken of them since. I blamed my current OFW state for the delay in fulfilling their request. Later on, Russel asked me if I could tag along to any of their gigs, then I mentioned my being China-based, and she was quick to ask if I could the same, if ever they play in China.
I started listening to Envy back in 2007 (proof!; albeit in a not-so-great light), and when doing random searching lead me to this page, I shot an email and had my tickets reserved. This was bound to be AWESOME
And about 40 people believed that, too. I’m a little sure though that some were just curious, and wouldn’t mind spending 200RMB on some visiting Japanese rock band.
There’s something about ‘being hip’ that doesn’t sit well with me. Sure, I sometimes file myself under the ‘cooler-than-thou’ category, but I always allow myself to deviate, and embrace what most of these young Tumblr folk go gaga over. Most especially if they come in very sexy packages.
I think it happened late last year when I started my metal scene coverage when I got curious about the Mocha Girls. After looking at their photos, watching a few Youtube videos, I got it.