There’s something about Christian Cardenas’ art that catches your interest right away. The surrealism art infused with contemporary pop culture elements calls for intrigue, for some interpretation to know what it’s all about. It keeps you staring, admiring, and questioning at the same time. Most importantly, it gets you hooked, and isn’t that what great art is all about?
Young as she is, don’t let Sam Bumanlag’s age fool you. This girl’s got an animated imagination in creating pop culture art that’ll appeal to the market she knows best: millennials. An inspiring creative for the youth, see for yourself why Sam got her spot as a Wanderartist on March 10, 2018.
Veteran artist, JP Pining, kept it simple, straight, and striking in his winning entry for Wanderartist 2018. Using the basest of elements, lines, shapes, and colors, Pining is able to innovate his designs out of the usual abstract idea, crafting clear images of what he wants to convey (art that won’t keep you guessing for the next few hours).
The future is retro and robotic for Wanderartist, Humbly. Combining his passion for Sci-Fi, comics, and the vibrant era of the 80’s, the past and the future blends together in a way we’ve never imagined it before (robots riding dinosaurs, and aliens befriending robots), creating cosmic art that’s distinctly his.
The electronic soul project, Asch, is loading in to their biggest gig yet. Fusing jazz, soul, R&B, hip-hop, and electronic music, the four-piece band showcases a new sound for the OPM genre. Demonstrating unique production in songs “Some Kind of Magic” (featuring Clara Benin), “Idk”, and “Mobius”, this homegrown band is on their way in jumpstarting a diverse, and unconventional style for the local music scene.
Skyrocketing to internet fame with the hit “Shooting Stars”, Australian electronic band duo, Bag Raiders is ramping up contagious beats for their first visit in the Philippines. Get ready to lose your inhibitions as we follow the rhythm of synth-induced grooves and classic house music, head bobbing tunes.
A mix of all things extraordinary, from a multinational heritage to a multitude of genres, three-time Grammy-nominated artist Jhené Aiko is bound to make her mark on March 10, 2018. With her hits “The Worst”, “While We’re Young”, and “From Time” (in collaboration with Drake), Jhené Aiko stands out as one of the biggest contemporary R&B stars in the scene.
Home-grown Filipino alternative rock band and Wanderband 2018 second-runner up, Carousel Casualties is bound for a joyride up to the top of the leaderboard. With songs like “San Junipero” and “Fiasco”, the band landed a spot in Billboard.ph’s list of artists to look out for 2017, and with the release of their EP Madison, there’s no questioning their talent to amaze.
From conquering Wanderbattles, winning Wanderband 2018 and being hailed as champions, Basically Saturday Night is on their way to success. Infusing disco, jazz, and powerful vocals, get ready to jump and dance to their infectious energy. Witness Basically Saturday Night and their “Chemical Love” for music and rocking the stage.
Imagine lying on the grass under a starry night sky, Ben&Ben’s “Maybe the Night” playing through your earphones while the world grows quieter. Now imagine thousands of Wanderers swaying along to “Leaves” and “Kathang Isip”, phones lighting up, and just losing theirselves to that momentary peace. Sure enough, this indie-folk band’s performance will surely be a wonder to behold.
Disco is not dead, not when this retro-loving bunch is taking the lead in diversifying OPM music through funky tunes, dynamic bass lines, and a charismatic stage presence oozing with nostalgia. Groove to “Hey Barbara”, and “Where Have You Been, My Disco” because this four-piece band keeps the 70’s vibe stayin’ alive.
Living the life as a champion of OPM and change, QuEst continues to bring back the magic of old-school Pinoy music: poetic lyrics of heartbreak, upbeat jams with words to inspire, and that undeniable Filipino pride and artistry in each verse and melody of hit songs “Walang Hanggan”, “Unang Hakbang”, and “Sige Lang”. A storyteller in his own right, QuEst is ready to weave his tale of victory on the Wanderland stage.
Soaring above the local underground scene is Australian born, Jess Connelly. Through her distinct soulful vocals, and hitmaking collaborations, this R&B singer is raising OPM’s presence on the international stage, landing a spot in the annual Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand last year. Reaching a million streams on Spotify for her new single “Turn Me Down”, Jess Connelly’s undoubtedly an artist worth waiting for.
Coming back for his second time around is American pop musician, LAUV. This 23-year-old has over 309 million streams for “I Like Me Better” and 17 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. Whether it’s gushing about young love in New York City, setting the other on fire, or touring Asia with Ed Sheeran, LAUV is on the rise in becoming one of the biggest pop stars in the music scene.
FKJ, short for French Kiwi Juice, is a French multi-instrumentalist, singer, and musician, known for pioneering the New French House genre. With a unique blend of soul and electronic beats, this French native has produced hits “Better Give U Up”, and “Tadow”. Adding to his impressive musical versatility, FKJ has performed in Coachella, CRSSD, EUPHORIA, and soon, Wanderland Pixels.
Making his Philippine debut is Canadian R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Daniel Caesar. His critically acclaimed debut album, Freudian, earned him two Grammy nominations for Best R&B Album, and Best R&B Performance for the gold-certified hit “Get You”. Wear your hearts on your sleeves, Wanderers, and fall deeper in love in Daniel Caesar’s soulful melody, and entrancing vocals.
Hailing from the north is Irish band, Kodaline. This four-piece band captured hearts with their debut album In a Perfect World, featuring beloved hits “All I Want”, “Love Like This”, and more. One of the most requested acts for Wanderland, Kodaline is set to play their most-awaited performance yet.