All photos are taken for WheninManila 🙂
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be picked out as the photographer for When in Manila’s invite to cover JackTV MADFest 2015, held at Circuit Makati. I usually go to events as the writer, but since I was dying to practice my ~photography skills~ (should I have any), I decided to try my luck by signing up as the photog. I got the slot, and off I went!
Warning: Photo dump ahead. Complete photo set can be seen here.
I tagged along my younger brother and Darren, my brotha’ from anotha’ motha’ (as I’d like to put it), and I’m so glad that they had fun (although Darren was telling me that his feet hurts — such lolo). JackTV MADFest 2015 is now on its second year, and they have activities from 3PM that stretches up to 3AM (talk about party!!!). It’s a three in one music, dance, and art event, with live graffiti art, fun booths, and sick dance performances. The music line up was pretty awesome, too, with a mixture of indie bands, mainstream acts, and DJs. The main act was Nico and Vinz, the Norwegian duo that brought us the hits like “In Your Arms” and “Am I Wrong”.
My writer, Jessica, and I, got the chance to interview Nico and Vinz, and it amazes me how hardworking they are. I mean, to make it through international mainstream music, you have to go through a lot, and the fact that they never stopped believing despite all the troubles was something that’s really admirable.
I remember the story that they told us during the interview, back when they were still struggling to find their music and to make it through the industry. They tried to look for the common factor between them and big stars like Michael Jackson and Madonna just so they can bring their spirits up. After thinking much about it, they eventually figured it out — huge celebrities are HUMAN, and they are, too. It’s obvious and funny, but this epiphany has actually helped them to be where they are right now. They continuously challenged themselves to become better, and believed that if the likes of Michael Jackson can do it, then they can do it, too. True enough, after years of creating music, they’ve hit the airwaves and has been continuously picked up on radio stations and through online streaming. They just recently moved to LA to pursue their music, and they are looking forward to dropping their next album early next year.
The duo are very attached to their heritage, and this has been continuously evident through their music. Their songs aren’t caged into any genre, but has been a mixture of African beats, with reggae, pop, and EDM on the side. I was not very familiar with their music prior the event and I only know their popular hits, but after MADFest, I definitely fell in love with duo a little more. I’ve created a quick playlist of the some of the songs that they performed during their set which I enjoyed a lot. Hope you’d love them too!
To end this post, here’s a quote (which sounds like an inspirational cat poster, as the article says) from Nico and Vinz’s interview at Rolling Stone that just hit me hard:
“Whatever you put your heart to, if you work hard enough, you can do it.”