Get to know the people who make up the community of music lovers in the Philippines. Fan series is an avenue for them to tell their stories: who they are, what they love about music, their favourite bands and moments in music!
In this week’s Fan Series, we get to know Charm Alvaran.
Tell us something about yourself
Hi! I’m Charm and I have been a fan of music ever since I was a child. People may think that I’m exaggerating. I came from a very musically inclined family. It started with my grandfather all the way to his grandchildren. We all play an instrument and have been listening to different artists at a very young age. I grew up with a lot of musical influences that I can go from listening to Elvis Presley to the Beatles, Michael Jackson to Prince, Bruce Springsteen to the Beegees and then rapping along to Snoop Dogg or Drake and then screaming the lyrics to Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears for Fears. I would consider it as one of the strongest foundations of my upbringing (and weirdness).
What’s your favourite moment in music?
Some of the best and most important events in my life took place because of my love for music. I believe that it helps you connect with other people on a different level and it is truly amazing when you meet people with the same musical taste as you. It is a magical feeling! I mean, have you ever played an album or a song that makes you feel something in your chest, down to your stomach, all the way to your toes and it makes you want to fly? *exhilarates* Then you’ll be blessed with someone who loves the same song or album? Definitely the best feeling in the world!
Aside from my family whom I shared my love with music, I was also blessed to have met my best friends because of it. I found my second home in those arenas and concert halls, I landed a spot on my dream internship because I’m passionate about music, I have been to a bunch of spectacular shows (it was so spectacular I found myself crying and my eyeliner started to wear off lol), met my favorite band (my salvation) and a whole lot more of crazy adventures. I guess everything that comes with my relationship with music is my favourite.
Tell us about favourite concert
As I have said, I’ve been to a lot of different shows and it is really hard to pick which one is my favourite but I’ll try to narrow it down to my top 3 choices. To begin with, I would say The 1975 is one of the best and most emotional concerts that I have ever witnessed. I have seen them thrice and watching them perform their songs live is like watching a John Hughes musical happening right before my very eyes. They’re my favorite band and I’ve been living my life soundtracked to their music since 2013. I also blame them for making me cry, which messed up my eye make-up.
One of my top choices would also be Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour here in the Philippines. It took place at the Philippine Arena and I still get chills whenever I talk about that show (yes, there are legit goosebumps). Being a Katycat when I was in high school, it was like seeing my teenage dream come to life. Her production is extremely jaw dropping and she is an A+ performer. Katy is definitely the full package wrapped in pink glittery ribbons.
The last for my top 3 picks would be Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour tour last 2015. The show was supposed to take place earlier that year, but he had to cancel because of a health complication. He was definitely worth the wait! He literally brought the Grammys to the Philippines and his vocals are beyond comparison. I was even lucky enough to be able to take a photo with him when he came out to meet fans outside the arena. I will never forget that because I am sure he’s gonna be a legendary musical icon someday (well he is now).
Who are your favourite bands/musicians?
Again, it is The 1975. I came across that band on a website called indieshuffle and I initially thought that they were an 80’s band who never got recognition. Since I grew up with a lot of influence from the music of the past and I consider myself as an 80’s kid born in the 90’s, The 1975 really caught my attention. Aside from the very nostalgic arrangement of their songs, their lyrics really do speak to me on a spiritual level, which I believe is really important because music is not just about how the instruments are blended together, but it is also about the lyrics which is the soul of the song.
I also fancy a lot of different bands or artists. Some of them are Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Temptations, Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Tears for Fears, The Clash, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Bastille, CHVRCHES, Passion Pit, BoyzIIMen, Kanye West, Drake, Eric Benét, Backstreet Boys (COME ON GUYS! THE BEST), Fleetwood Mac, Walk The Moon, HAIM, Shura, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Frank Ocean… I seriously really want to keep going but I don’t want to be extra so I’m stopping with a new one that I found called Myzica. Everyone who is fascinated about the 80’s should listen to their music and fly!
How has music helped you?
Music has helped me a lot. It actually keeps me sane most of the time. There’s something really special with the comfort it brings me whenever I’m sad, happy, hyped or chilled out. Music is like your go-to friend when no one can be physically there for you. Man, I can leave my homework at home, but not my earphones. It is something that most people won’t ever understand, but that is how important music is to me.
How do you document your moments in music?
I document my moments in music through photos, videos or writings. I have this secret ambition (not much of a secret anymore) of becoming a concert photographer. I want to tell a story through my work and I want other fans to feel the same way as I did while working on it. Also, I don’t know if this is a form of documentation, but I like to make mixtapes ever since I was kid. I make playlists on Spotify or iTunes that can relate to me when I am in the mood for something. Those simple moments should also be documented in that way because you are not always in a gig, so to be able to feel the moment, I suggest making different playlist is a good idea.