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Orange and Lemons frontman on ‘best way’ to resolve ‘Agsunta-December Avenue’ issue: Not through social media

/ 04:29 PM February 03, 2019
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Clem Castro, frontman of the OPM band Orange and Lemons, suggested that the best way to resolve the issue involving two fellow OPM bands, Agsunta and December Avenue, is not through social media.

“I do believe the best way to resolve this is not social media. Artist to artist, publisher to label. A legal notice perhaps,” said Castro in a twitter post on Thursday, Jan. 31.

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This was after Agsunta announced that it is signing off and deleted all their previous YouTube videos, as a result of what their fans speculated as backlash received from December Avenue frontman Zel Bautista. He allegedly threw shade on the band last December.

The issue stirred outrage from fans of both bands. Each trying to take sides and shared their opinion on who is right or wrong.

In a time like this, an opinion from a fellow artist who has been on the industry for quite a long time might enlighten fans on how to understand both sides instead of throwing hate.

“I believe they are both victims of the ever changing landscape of the music industry,” started Castro, who also pointed out that he’s not taking sides on the matter.

Castro shared experience on how he started a Beatles cover band in high school, saying that doing covers is a “normal part of the process” for any band to develop their sound and style. He even praised Agsunta on their cover of one of their band’s songs.

But then, he said that Agsunta’s “initial goal of being an OPM cover band crossed a fine line when they decided to use their brand for commercial purposes,” as they signed up with a major music label in 2017.

He then explained that though covering songs of other bands might help promote the song, it might also cause “unhealthy competition,” especially if the band “is still in the middle of promoting the song and worse if it is [monetized].”

To end, Castro suggests legal solutions to resolve the issue and remind both bands that they can do so “without involving fans who are clueless of such.”

“I cite this from experience, believe me,” ended Castro. JB

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