Posts tagged ‘the world is your oyster’
July 28, 2016
IN 2015, I TOURED THE PHILIPPINES NON-STOP IN 127 DAYS, VISITED 37 PROVINCES, 46 TOWNS AND 40 CITIES, AND PERFORMED A TOTAL OF 53 GIGS. I TRAVELED A TOTAL DISTANCE OF 9,006 KM, 7,824 KM BY LAND, 1,182 KM BY AIR, 656 KM BY SEA. I HAVE SEEN THE WONDERS OF MY COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE AS I TRAVERSE WITH A TOUCH OF MADNESS – Clementine, Dragonfly Collector
“You live years in only a few months when you travel,” says Clementine, reflecting on the four month backpacking concert tour he did in 2015 in support of his Dragonfly Collector solo project album, The World Is Your Oyster.
Now, he’s on the road again, headed to South East Asia for three weeks. He will carry on his new tradition of backpacking, staying in low-key accommodations, lingering in places to explore and discover local flavours, art, adventures, people and their cultures.
With the launch of this tour he also released the official video for the eponymous song Dragonfly Collector from the new album. The video is a perfect way to launch the new tour as it’s a mini travelogue of last year’s epic journey.
Clementine’s way of touring is unusual for a musician of his calibre, or any standard musician’s tour. He recalls his days of touring with Philippine super band Orange and Lemons as being very cloistered and regimented: “We would get flown in to a city, sound check, perform, fly out. Next day, same thing. We never got to really look around and explore.”
This time, he is the master of his own destiny, having planned his tour schedule to allow time for getting to know the land and its people. “My nationwide Philippine tour last year was the most exhilarating thing that I did in my entire music career,” he says.
During last year’s epic tour that took him from Pagudpud to Gen. Santos City, Tacloban to Puerto Princesa, far to the North, all the way East, to much of the South and back West, his trusty sidekick and opening act, Ian Penn, shot video of their travels with his DSLR camera. The two packed “light,” foregoing luxuries and shared between them a compact Martin travel acoustic guitar.
Traveling with ordinary folks by public transport including bus, jeepney, tricycle, ferry and sometimes on foot, Clem and Ian saw their country up close and personal, discovering people and traditions, languages and cultures beyond their imagining, right within their own nation.
Castro is now looking forward to taking Dragonfly Collector to other lands, and over the next three weeks will explore Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
See tour dates below. Here comes the Dragonfly Collector!
April 18, 2016
Lilystars Records launches Vinyl and CD versions of Dragonfly Collector’s acclaimed album April 20th.
Nothing beats digital music like an old fashioned vinyl record or even a CD. You can hold it in your hands, place it on the turntable or in the disc changer and enjoy loud, live music as you dance around the room. Or you can curl up with the album cover, reading the notes and anticipating each next song.
Lilystars Records in partnership with Pabrika Records Filipinas is pleased to announce the launch of the CD and Vinyl versions of Dragonfly Collector’s acclaimed first album, The World Is Your Oyster.
The official Vinyl Listening Party happens Wednesday, April 20th at 8:00 p.m. at Boiler Room Bar, 109 Carlos Palanca Street, Legaspi Village, 1229 Makati, Philippines. Admission is FREE.
First released in digital format in January, 2015, The World Is Your Oyster has been hailed by some as one of the best independent albums of 2015. Both the vinyl and CD sleeves and inserts feature original art by Philippine artist and graphic designer, Ige Trinidad.
Dragonfly Collector is the solo project of Clem Castro aka Clementine, formerly of Orange and Lemons and The Camerawalls.
The following Dragonfly Collector merchandise will be available for sale at the launch: Pins, Posters, T-Shirts, Mugs, Postcards, Notebooks.
You can purchase The World Is Your Oyster CD and Vinyl online at http://dragonflycollector.bandcamp.com/