- OPM bands Agsunta and December Avenue had a conflict last year
- Agsunta aired their message for December Avenue after the controversy
- Agsunta will stage their first ever concert this September
Pinoy pop-rock band Agsunta has been in conflict with fellow rock band December Avenue. Their feud started to heat up after Zel Bautista of December Avenue posted a rant on his Twitter account on December 18, 2018.
Zel wrote: “If you want instant fame, copy other people’s work and suck from it. You get the money but not the glory and respect. You don’t have a voice, you don’t even belong.”
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Netizens assumed that the post was meant for Agsunta band since they released song covers of December Avenue’s original music on their YouTube channel.
The feud allegedly caused the Agsunta band to sign off from their YouTube channel and go on hiatus for months.
The members of the band reiterated that they signed off just to take a rest and refresh themselves amidst rumors of retirement.
“Actually nung ang sign off kami, hindi naman po kami talaga nag-quit dun sa ginagawa namin.Nung nag sign off po kami talagang nagpahinga lang kami sa social media, nag-refresh lang kami pero plan talaga namin na in the coming months ay babalik kami,”said vocalist Jireh Singson.
The band also expressed their gratitude to fans who stood by them and served as their inspiration during the rough patch.
“At siyempre yung isa pa sa nagpapush sa amin lalo ay yung aming mga fans na hashtag team Agsunta na talagang nung nabalitaan nila yung signing off talagang pinuntahan nila kami doon sa mga gigs namin as in nalungkot talaga sila kaya na-feel namin na parang wow meron palang mga tao na naapektuhan at naappreciate yung music namin,yung ginagawa namin.Sila yung naging inspirasyon namin para bumalik.”
While dealing with trying moments, the band revealed that they learned and reflected on many things.
“Marami po kaming mga reflections na pinag-uusapan namin actually as a band. Lahat naman ng banda,actually kahit anong profession, kahit anong career, lahat naman yan may pagdadaanan ka eh.Kumbaga kung gusto mo talaga yung ginagawa mo,kahit gaano pa yan kahirap, pagdadaanan mo talaga yan kasi gusto mo eh,gusto mo talagang magkaroon ng career na ganun.Yun yung isa siguro sa mga natutunan namin na never quit,” Jireh shared.
The band also clarified that they had no hard feelings for December Avenue though they did not yet tackle the problem in person.
“Kami po personally wala naman kaming issue sa kanila at wala naman kaming…kumbaga okay na okay kami sa kanila. Wala naman pong nakasabi dun.. Marami naman pong nagco-cover so di namin ina-assume na kami talaga yun.”
Despite being put in a heated argument and competition, Agsunta band showed their interest in a possible collaboration with December Avenue. They also extended their congratulatory messages to the latter.
“As of now po kasi di pa kami nagkikita talaga if ever as in personal. Pero kami naman po okay naman kami. Kahit gusto nilang makipagcollab sa amin message lang nila kami okay naman. Kasi open na open naman kami.
“Siyempre we want to congratulate them sa lahat ng mga milestones sa banda nila. Tsaka yung mga kanta nila sobrang ang gaganda talaga. Ang message namin sa kanila is kung gusto lang nila ng mga collab or what, andito lang kami, message lang nila kami,”mthe members insisted.
After four years in the music industry, the band now is set to conquer the stage with their first ever concert “Agsunta Feels Trip” happening this September 21, Saturday at ABS-CBN Vertis Tent.
The OPM band promised to bring out the feels of the audience with ‘hugot’ songs and soothing acoustic performances.
Joining their show are Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Shanti Dope, BoybandPH, and JM de Guzman.
Agsunta is a homegrown band from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde with members Jireh Singson (vocals/rhythm guitars), Mikel Arevalo (lead guitars/backup vocals), Josh Planas (bass/backup vocals), and Stephen Arevalo (drums). They were known for their songs “Bagong Umaga,” “Di Ba Halata,” and “Wakasan.”