What's in a name? Now that everything is on the internet and social media, names play a *significant* role in the music industry. Do you know how your favorite artists came up with their band names? Yael Yuzon, Filipino rock band Sponge Cola's vocalist, shares how they came up with theirs.
"Diba sa battle of the bands, kailangan mag-submit ng pangalan? Ang nakalagay lang Yael Yuzon," he said in an exclusive interview with Summit OG. But he didn't want his name to become the band's name.
According to Yael, "Hindi ko talaga trip yung ganon. Parang walang mystique. So, merong libro sa tabi ko, Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour. I think kapanahunan ni Charles Dickens 'yon, so it's one of those classic books. Doon nanggaling yung 'Sponge,'" he recalled.
Yael added, "Tapos nanalo kami ng battle of the bands, nag-meeting kami. Sabi [namin], 'Guys, hindi puwedeng 'Sponge' yung pangalan natin.' ['Yon] ang sabi ng kuya ko saka sabi rin ni Ryan Villena ng Techy Romantics." They knew they had to change their name, but they didn't want to have a completely new one because people already knew them as 'Sponge.'
"Sabi nila, dagdagan niyo na lang yung 'Sponge' ng isa pang word. Malapit nang sumabog yung internet noong time na ‘yon," he mentioned. The band knew that if they were difficult to find online, people would not be able to listen to their music. Back then, Yael explained that there was already an existing band in Detroit called Sponge. He had this conversation with his bandmates while they were having dinner. Yael recalled that some of them were drinking cola. "Dumaan kami sa 'Sponge Dog,' 'Sponge Cat,' tapos 'Sponge Cola,'" he remembered.
That's when they realized that "Sponge Cola" was the best option—not only was it catchy, but it also captured who they are as a band and what they offer as musicians. Yael explained, "Parang everyday music kami. Hindi naman kami maingay, hindi rin naman kami sobrang tahimik. Parang saktong gitna."
He continued, "Hindi rin naman kami like a hard drink. Para kaming cola—puwede mong ihalo kahit saan." And from that conversation over food and drinks, the rest is history.
Watch the full Summit OG interview below to learn more intimate details about Sponge Cola.
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