FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Producer Slams Band's Label Over Lawsuit, Claiming False Accusations
A few weeks ago, Five Finger Death Punch's label, Prospect Park filed a lawsuit against the band claiming Five Finger are "shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate." The label claimed the band's sound is stale and they needed a new direction, and invoked the name of the band's longtime producer, Kevin Churko.
Five Finger Death Punch responded the following day calling the suit a publicity stunt in an attempt to draw more value to label, so the CEO, Jeff Kwatinetz, could sell at a higher price. The band claimed this is the first they are hearing of any issues with their sound. Having his name mentioned, producer Kevin Churko just issued this open letter backing the band completely:
A statement from Kevin Churko regarding Five Finger Death Punch and Prospect Park, LLC:
As a record producer, I’ve always remained behind the scenes. I feel very grateful that I get to sit in my air conditioned studio with a cold drink in my hand and then actually get paid to make music. It’s a wonderful job.
But nobody in the music industry has any job without the artist. This is especially true of Five Finger Death Punch, a band whose music and career I am especially proud to have contributed to and to have had them contribute to my career. I was confused, concerned and disappointed to learn that the band has been sued by their record company, Prospect Park, LLC. Moreover, because my name was mentioned in the lawsuit, I thought I should go on the record with some facts.
Five Finger Death Punch and their management have always said that they couldn’t commence recording until June 5th of this year and that they couldn’t deliver the album until September 5th. That has always been their intention, and that’s what I agreed to do.
Prospect Park claims that if Five Finger Death Punch were to hire a different producer, they could sell well over a million records, maybe even two million. We all aim for the highest of goals, but honestly, there hasn’t been a record in the Hard Rock genre that has achieved anywhere close to those sales in a two-year period of time. I have worked with several of the biggest and am appreciative my bands are doing so incredibly well. With 5FDP, I have the privilege of working with gifted and prolific songwriters (Ivan, Zoltan, Jason, and Jeremy) whose singer, Ivan Moody, has a truly special and distinctive voice. Not only have they sold over 4 million records at a time when general album sales are diminishing, 5FDP have created a solid brand and raised thousands of dollars for veteran charities.
I wish Prospect Park and Jeff Kwatinetz wouldn’t have dragged my name into this, however, I feel a moral obligation to go on the record and protect Five Finger Death Punch’s name and mine. Moreover, I am scratching my head as to why Jeff Kwatinetz would want to get involved in the creative of this band after 5 albums together when every record I’ve ever recorded for 5FDP has been finished in the studio of which I’ve never seen him present. I’ve never met Jeff, never had a conversation with him, not even an email. I’ve never submitted demos for approval while recording and I’ve had no direction given to me by Jeff. 5FDP knows who they are and what they’re good at. From what I can tell, they’re the one consistent, successful band in 10 years with Prospect Park. I’m grateful to have done my part. It’s not about the company. It’s about the music and the artist.
Having worked with many record companies, I found it frustrating that Prospect Park repeatedly did not pay me on time. I feel if it wasn’t for the direct efforts of the band members themselves, their management and their business manager, I may still remain unpaid. They were champions for me from the beginning and I’ll be a champion for them to the end.
Contractually, this would be Five Finger Death Punch’s final album for Prospect Park. One can read between those lines.
I'm curious why it took almost two weeks for Churko to respond, but regardless all of this evidence is not making the label look good.
With that said, are you curious about a new Five Finger Death Punch release?