DJ Johnny Verse speaks up on 7107 issue
The ongoing outdoor concert billed the “7107 International Music Festival” being held at the Global Gateway Logistics City inside the Clark Freeport Zone features a slew of international music acts headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The event, perhaps the largest of its kind ever staged around these parts, was spread in two days, and also featured several local groups.
With an aim to “create a community revolving around people’s love for music and for a global gathering in the Philippines,” the team behind the “7107 IMF” not only has an amazing lineup of performers, they also flew in an international technical team from Los Angeles to ensure a smooth and efficient program.
Despite all the effort and a desire to put the Philippines in the global musical map, Team “7107 IMF” has been linked to controversy by allegations of connection to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Apparently, the issue started in cyberspace (where else?), supposedly with some netizens questioning the producers’ capability to mount such a huge shindig with the support of only one major sponsor.
Producers of the show were quick to clarify the issue but, by then, some members of media had already pounced on the matter.
Even I posed a question to myself: why would the jailed Napoles, who is under the radar of the DOJ and the BIR, put her money on such a high profile event?
Because I know one of the event’s producers, DJ Johnny Verse aka Jon Herrera, for almost a decade now, I thought it absurd that someone I knew to be sincere and honest would be dragged into a malicious matter.
I asked Jon about the issue and here is his reply in part:
Hi DJ Mojo Jojo,
Thank you for taking time to hear my side of story.
From day one we have always had competition always trying to bring us down. They know exactly who they are. They went to the extent of sending emails direct to sponsors and the artist agencies, trying to discredit the event and the people behind it. They even created an sms that was sent to people, spreading rumors about our event as early as December…
An ex-staff of mine told me the group that was creating the black propaganda are also the part of the group who has been writing the bad press. They are all barkada.
So people can do their research. Find out who the writer is, who is in her circle of friends…research who are the competing sponsors and businesses and sponsors they associate with. This was already a red flag since it already smelled fishy. Connect those dots.
Just to clear the air, our team had multiple interviews and even press cons and all the questions were cleared and answered.
Since the first article came out, our lawyers advised us to stay away,from them…I also offered my lawyers for them to speak and discuss all the details of the event. My lawyers can be contacted anytime for a meeting and statement. We have enough press out there. If they prefer to get a documented statement they can go through the process so it’s verified and not twisted through articles. They can contact the Lazaro Law Firm.
We are making history this weekend and putting on Philippines on the map.
In any business especially the event and concert business we have supporters and friends family who have backed us financially to make our dream come true. It’s not an overnight process. It took about two years and nine months to mount ’7107.’ We would not risk our reputation or that of our investors and sponsors credibility.
The recent article put out is a graph that wasn’t accurate at all nor are the figures. Ask any producer or concert organizer. To mount any event, you put your money where your mouth is. You don’t depend purely on sponsors. Our supporters knew from years of planning that was going to happen and can’t wait to make it happen.