Imago was formed in 1998 in line with emerging hopeful indie bands to shoot to fame and capture the taste of Pinoy listeners. Along with few rising bands in 2001, Imago released “Probably Not But Most Definitely” under Viva records and received critical acclaim. Imago then began to strike gold in the music industry with their major hit singles “Akap”, “Taralets” and “Sundo”.
Truth to fact, nineteen years of striving to keep up with ever changing landscape of music has never been easy for Imago; Aia De Leon on vocals left the band in 2013 as well as violinist, Michelle Pritchard and bassist, Arvin Gatmaitan. Thanks to Darwin of Soupstar Entertainment for he discovered Mayumi Gomez and completed the new line-up by adding Myrene Academia in bass, Tim Cacho in guitars, and Mervin Panganiban in drums.
Today, Imago is still on the road to jam with fans in different bars and several events. On September 14, 9pm, you can catch them live at The Quarry Beer Garden with Ely Buendia, Sandwich and more bands in the event’s line-up.
As an early-throwback, let’s check out 7 of Imago’s timeless and outstanding live performance both with Aia De Leon as (former) vocalist and new front of Imago, Mayumi Gomez.
- Imago at the NU Rock Awards 2007
Singing “Walang Misteryo” from their third album BLUSH , Aia rocked the awards night moving and dancing her way to the crowd while perfectly performing their song—No doubt a great performance. It is just that Aia had been so playful that her audience might have no longer understood the lyrics. This is the only video I got from Youtube, the video quality speaks of how old it is.
- Imago- Sundo at the Earthday Jam 2012
I love the idea of making “Sundo” into a slower flow. For me, this was their best performance among these eight performances. Aia’s voice was clearly heard, even how she utter the lyrics. Also the musical instruments weren’t that loud unlike the other performance.
- Imago- Akap at MyxMo! 2015
It was actually Mayumi Gomez’s first appearance and performance as vocalist of Imago in Myx Mo but look! No fuss, I couldn’t even trace any nervousness in her face (though I suppose, she really was.)
I like the hype that Mayumi used to engage with the audience, it is just that I think it would be much better if she used “Hmmmm” instead of “WoooOOOoooo”. #JustSaying Anyway, normal is boring. And I think Mayumi knows that so she came up with a unique trend…“WoooOOOoooo”. The whole performance is great. I felt like Mayumi really tried her best to mark her own personality mostly in Imago’s original tracks.
Good job there, Mayumi!
- Imago- Sundo with Mayumi Gomez at 12 Monkeys 2016
This track was originally performed by Aia De Leon in 2007. It’s a good thing that Mayumi maintains Aia’s intensity when singing this song. Honestly, among all the songs of Imago, Sundo is what I really like to sing along to. So I find it amusing when Mayumi sang it live with good variations.
- Imago- Akap at the Magnet Jam 2010
I would say the background music dominated this performance but looking at the crowd, it seems like it didn’t matter. Ride on to the rhythm~
- Imago with Mayumi Gomez at Net 25 Pambansang Almusal 2014
The instrumental contributes to the whole performance. I also enjoyed how Mayumi swayed her way to attract and get the attention of the viewers. Overall, it appears that Mayumi has improved since her debut as lead vocal. Let’s look forward on what more she can do.
- Aia De Leon- “AKAP” at Secret Shop Shoppers 2015
Before Aia got to perform Akap, Zach Lucero frankly asked her why she left the band. Aia openly retort, “When you are being dictated that you already have forgotten to listen to yourself. You’ll surely get lost.” I admire Aia for having the courage to open up in front many audience and fans perhaps it also came to her that most of them are still asking the same question “Why?” . It was clearly a painful and arduous journey for her because we all know finding yourself is difficult especially when you don’t even know where to begin. But Aia still chose to take the risk for she knows it’s also a stepping stone to learn. Hands down to Aia for making a strong decision!
“Institution na ang Imago; and Imago is bigger than me.”