Converse hails Even as its first-ever ‘Get Loud’ champ
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - November 20, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Baguio-based band and North Luzon representative Even, whose song Luminary extols the virtue of holding one’s head up high, taking chances and being the best that you can be — important in this time of national crisis — was declared the first-ever champ of the Converse Get Loud Band Competition held at Excess Superclub last Nov. 9.

The band, which bested four other finalists from different regions, also walked away with the People’s Choice Award by having the most votes from Converse Philippines’ official Facebook page.

“First of all, we would like to thank everybody who voted for us online,” said Dyanne Licudine, the band’s vocalist, on their victory. “We were not expecting that much likes and votes. From the bottom of our hearts, we are really, really grateful to those who supported us since day one.”

One of the judges, Ebe Dencel said that he was blown away by Even’s electrifying performance. “It’s the tightest band that I have heard in a while,” he said. “It’s nice to see that musicians take advantage of the technology.”

Another judge, Converse Philippines’ sales director Dan Mindanao mentioned that Even’s music is what “my target market wants.” Other judges were music stalwarts and industry leaders Francis “Brew” Reyes, Mark Laccay and John Hendrix.

The four remaining finalists placed in the following order: Bethany from the Visayas (first runner-up), Jad Montenegro from Mindanao (second runner-up), Brisom from National Capital Region (third runner-up) and Kissbone from South Luzon (fourth runner-up). All five bands went home with cash prizes and Converse products.

Even was founded by Dyanne, Jam Bumanlag (guitars), Coco Saupan (bass) and Dan Allan Acosta (drums) in May of 2007. Dyanne and Jam, who had been performing together since 2003, met Coco and Dan in the “infamous Baguio jam studio” called Feedback. The members decided on the name “Even” when they were flipping through a dictionary and hunting for that “one short and memorable word.” Since then, the band has performed in various venues in the City of Pines and recorded full-length studio albums, with Retribution being the most recent.

Calling their music “Experi-Metal FX-tronica,” Dyanne said that it took a while before they finally settled into this kind of rock. “It was actually a long journey for us to find what kind of music that would fit us,” she said.

With the Converse Get Loud Band Competition win, Even affirms Baguio City’s premier position as an artists’ hub. “We raised the flag of the Northerners,” Dyanne, who runs a tattoo shop called Musink, said. “We feel very proud that this happened and they gave us the opportunity to represent not only Baguio but the rest of Northern Luzon and Philippines for Converse.”

Asked what the future holds for them, Dyanne said that they just want to keep things even: “Write more songs, stick together and look forward to whatever plans Converse has for us.”

Eli Bonsol, Converse Philippines’ advertising and marketing manager, said that Get Loud, with its success, aligns with Converse’s belief of unleashing the creative spirit of the individual.

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