Photos by Lorenzo Tan
When I came across the news that RAC would be headlining Karpos Live’s Mix 5, a flurry of memories from my teenage years flashed before my eyes; simpler times when the only things I’d have to worry about were deciding what to wear to the next soiree, or figuring out how to pace serving my detentions. It was then that I knew I couldn’t let this opportunity slip through my fingers, with the show being a perfect chance to take a trip down memory lane.
As I entered the ABS-CBN tent, the sound of a lazy beat and a Mac Miller-esque flow echoed through the walls. Kickstarting the night was local hip-hop and R&B duo Tomcat, serving the earlybirds with familiar laidback sounds reminiscent of the 00’s R&B era.
Picking up from there was local beatmaker and producer CRWN; someone I grew up listening to. Without having said a word, he brought out his guitar and started his set with the first track off his debut album, “Orchid”. On top of that, he switched-up some of his old bangers with Jess Connelly and added a refreshing twist to them, which got us singing the lyrics to the songs word-per-word.