Last night on One Music Live Session, the local band We Are Imaginary, comprised of brothers Ahmad and Khalid Tanji, and Vhall Bugtong, took center stage and delivered an impressive performance by singing several songs from their album “Death to Romanticism.” It’s not difficult to fall in love with their sound as they’re the type of band whose music you’d happily share with your friends. After their live online performance, One Music PH had the chance of sitting down with We Are Imaginary to learn more about their music and the band itself.
When you hear the band’s name, you can’t help but wonder the story behind it, and so it was a good thing that Ahmad and Tanji were more than willing to share the history of the band’s name. “The band started out as Your Imaginary Friends eight years ago. Unfortunately, after five years, a U.S. band was asking us to change the name because of some trademark issue, so we decided that since we’re relatively unknown, why not, to avoid conflict, so we changed it to We Are Imaginary. We still stick to the word ‘imaginary’ because it’s just quirky when people say ‘you guys are imaginary,’ so it’s catchy,” said by the brothers.
Asking to describe their sound, Khalid gave a rather interesting answer. “I like to think of it as a good soundtrack…Our music is very broad. We came from different influences. What we try to do is combine all the details, our influences, and to make something special and unique. I call it hummable noise. It’s noisy but you can hum it. [Our sound] is like a marriage of new wave and grunge.” Interestingly enough, that’s exactly what We Are Imaginary’s music makes you to do. You end up humming their songs because they’re just too good.
The band was also more than happy to share that their listeners are compelled to do something more than just humming We Are Imaginary’s songs. “Nakakakilig lang yung thought na dati nakikinig ka lang kay Rico Blanco, kay Ebe Dancel tapos na impluensiyahan ka, tapos may dumarating sa punto na may nagsasabing listener sila, fan sila, tapos yung iba pinapakinggan yung mga luma naming gawa tapos sabi nila nagbanda sila dahil doon so parang ‘whoa’ kasi eight years pa lang kami pero nakakaapekto na kami ng ibang tao. The point na nakakaapekto ka ng tao, you’re leaving a legacy without really meaning to (It just feels good to think that before you’re just listening to Rico Blanco, Ebe Dancel, and they influence you, and then a point comes wherein people approach you saying they listen to you, and that they decided to form a band as well because of your work. That’s really flattering considering that we’ve just been in the music scene for eight years, and yet we’re already affecting people and leaving a legacy without really meaning to), ” said Ahmad.
As to what makes a band tick, We Are Imaginary said that more than the skills in singing or playing an instrument, or even friendship, what’s important is being with people who share your mentality as a music artist. Their eight years of being together (although some may consider that as a short time in music) is a testament of the bond that they share as a group. But more than their longevity as a band, what’s most important to know about We Are Imaginary is that they are for real.
Watch We Are Imaginary's performance on One Music Live Session in the YouTube video below.
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