I was first introduced to Eyedress and his music in 2013. I was helping out whatiz.biz with photography for their Fresno, California gigs. One day when I was perusing their website, I came across Eyedress. My first memory of this event is now non-existent because I do not remember what my initial exposure song was, but it began a sincere appreciation for Eyedress music. Unofficially, my first conscious song of Eyedress was “Everything We Touch Turns Into Gold” and listening to it recently. I still find it pleasurable, youthful, and a small foray into a pre-Duterte era that Eyedress was experiencing in the Philippines.
Fast forward via Doc’s DeLorean and it is now 2018. I am listening to Manila Ice and the record is hazy, dreamy, and reminiscent of a bygone era that you were part of, but do not remember. Unbeknown to me, it was released in May 2017 according to my iTunes download. I digress. I contacted Eyedress when he posted about coming to Tokyo on Instagram. After a brief back and forth, we agreed on meeting at Big Love. On a side note, “Look Past the Past,” off of Manila Ice feels like it belongs in Sofia Coppola’s “Lost In Translation.”
It was 6:06 PM when I got to Big Love. Eyedress was hanging out in the record store with Naka from Big Love.
I had run a bit from the station I got off at because I was late. I was a little sweaty and, in retrospect, slightly hyperventilating. Immediately, he started shooting me ideas to shoot in the store. I was taken aback because it was Big Love and the place is a mecca for vinyl enthusiasts and touring bands. I rolled with the punches but approached the situation cautiously. What was initial apprehension soon dissolved by the in-depth subjects we were discussing while invading Big Love. Fatherhood came up along with relationships and Filipino food. The rest of the shoot became a relaxing affair.
Within thirty minutes we had covered the areas of Big Love that were available to us. We moved downstairs where Aya Gloomy was working her pop-up store Pom Pom.
To Eyedress's surprise, she was playing Manila Ice on vinyl. He asked if we could shoot in her space and she obliged the request. We knocked out some shots and moved to the street where the sakura was blooming.
At this point, we were about an hour in and he had to leave for Ginza. I snapped a quick Polaroid of him and Bee Eyes and walked with them to the nearest main street where they hailed a cab down and disappeared into the Tokyo night.