If you haven’t heard of the Sync Sessions, it’s an innovative take at live performances wherein musicians use Apple devices as instruments. Doesn’t it sound intriguing? This year, one of the four bands that Power Mac Center invited was the legendary Up Dharma Down.
The Sync Sessions happens over the course of a month: 4 bands in 4 weeks.
I’d only heard of this thanks to my dear friend Kara! She invited me to tag along with her and Sho to this gig. I didn’t know that it was at an Apple Store. All I knew was that I’d been invited to watch Up Dharma Down play, and I grabbed at the opportunity. I was surprised when I we arrived at the Power Mac Center and saw a poster of Up Dharma Down.
Playing a free show at a computer shop was already such a cool thing to be part of that when they told me that the band was going to be using Apple instruments in their performance, I was all the more intrigued. How was it going to work? How would it sound?
The gig was set to start at 4PM, but ran a little late. The place was brimming with people. I’d never seen so many people inside an Apple shop! I wriggled my way up front, hoping to get good photos. The program started a little after 4 with two hosts interviewing the crowd about their love for Up Dharma Down. They made them sing their favourite songs and gave lots of freebies!
In that window of crowd interaction and hyping them up, I somehow ended up in the second row. It’s not bad place for shows, but once the band went on stage, I couldn’t see much. Even if I raised my camera as far as my arms would permit, I’d get half of Up Dharma Down’s heads.
I wasn’t giving up, so I left my spot (it was a risk), and went around the store scouting for better shooting angles. Thank goodness for kind souls who let me inch my way on the other side and get a good enough spot to take a few shots!
Up Dharma Down’s performance was top notch given that they were using Apple devices as instruments. Kudos to Apple for coming up with such an innovative concept. A lot of musicians use Apple products to record or create songs, but using them live in lieu of certain music equipment is unique.
For those of you who want to catch the last performance, it’s going to be held at the Power Mac Center in SM Megamall with Sponge Cola as their musical guest!
In case you’re wondering who performed where, here’s the full sync sessions schedule:
Hale September 19 at TriNoma
Up Dharma Down October 3 at Power Plant Mall
Mayonnaise October 10 at SM Mall of Asia Official
Sponge Cola October 17 at SM MEGAMALL