So in a previous blog post I wrote about a brainchild of a prod that Cheekie and I had while we were walking the streets of Davao and wondering WHAT THE HECK THERE WAS TO DO for people like US. By us, we meant people who weren’t into clubbing to Ever After, were sick of having coffee at the same old coffee houses, and didn’t want to spend a whole night drowning ourselves in alcohol in a noisy bar watching a show band just because there was no other alternative.
So we came up with Hiphouse:
Artists, writers, musicians, photographers, stylists, and fellow creative/indie types who are all for forming an alternative community here in Davao, come to the first-ever HIPHOUSE hangout!
- Music video launch of JAD MONTENEGRO’s “Ano” off the Fixed Points and Pendulums EP, directed by BAGSY FIOLA
- Lovely acoustic set by Guitar-Picking Pixie JAD MONTENEGRO
- Crap-tastic laptop DJ set by Miss Mixtape CHEEKIE ALBAY
- On-site hipster photography by L’extraordinaire Lensman BAGSY FIOLA
- Photo slideshow by Snap-Happy Savant Aidx Paredes
- Illustrations by Comic Art Class Act JOHN AMOR
- Narrative short film screening by Celluloid Wunderkind LUCILLE MARNELLI
- Swanky DIY set design by anyone who can bring candles, mats, lights, and other handy odds and ends
- Stimulating conversations on life, art, society, and yes, even local showbiz’s fascinating headlines
- Whatever you wanna do, really—no bouncers, ballistic parents, or bad vibes here
NO DOOR CHARGE! But please prepare a bit of money for the rent, which will be divided equally amongst ourselves (P600 for the first four hours, P150 for every additional hour)
Everyone is welcome to BRING FOOD AND DRINKS to feed our burgeoning army.
Head to the empty third floor studio at Southspot Studios along Anda St. The future of Davao’s alterna-underground spirit awaits!
Needless to say, it was a smashing success. I wasn’t able to take proper pictures because I only brought a point-and-shoot, so here are some photos that I’ve all stolen from other people, lol.
Photos all copyrighted by Aidx, who also blogged about it here:
I was very pleased that this talented young man arrived and showed his work to everyone. Afterwards Aidx and I talked about how important it was to have a community where you fit in as an artist. We’re of the same sentiment when we say that seeing our work projected on a big screen, being appreciated by new, unfamiliar eyes, was a strong, motivating force. It makes you feel more alive, and it makes you want to keep creating more beautiful work, and it makes you just a little bit giddy. It’s a heady mix of fulfillment and the desire to keep doing what you love.
Aidx showed his videos and photos, Marnelli showed her silent film, Bagane showed a collab of my music and his editing in a music video, a preview of which can be seen here, The Boy showed a slideshow of his artwork, and Cheekie DJ’ed a hiphouse playlist. My band and I also played an acoustic set. People kept coming up to me and saying how much they enjoyed the event, because it was something different, and interesting, and just what the underground art scene needed. That made Cheekie and I so giddy we felt like screaming in ill-contained glee! (how very unhipsterly of us)
Here are photos copyrighted by Kenth O’Bajo, who took the livelier, goofier side of the event: