DRAGONFLY COLLECTOR is the solo project of award winning Filipino singer-songwriter simply known as Clementine. Having just released the first single and video from his forthcoming album The World is Your Oyster, Bulacan-born Clemen Castro is celebrating his 10th year as a professional recording artist by stepping into the solo spotlight. After a decade as the creative force behind commercially popular Orange and Lemons (1999-2007) that reached gold and platinum sales in the Philippines, and critically acclaimed indie group, The Camerawalls (2008-2012) he has professionally recorded and published over 50 original compositions.
Raised in a musical household thanks to his folk guitar and rondalla-teaching father, Clementine was weaned on The Beatles and British New Wave/Guitar Pop influences including The Smiths, XTC, The Jam, and indie pop groups like Belle & Sebastian. Recently, the indie folk sounds of American bands like The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes have left their mark on Clementine’s ear and stylings.
With Dragonfly Collector, a name originally used for his personal blog of musings, travels and poetry, Clementine seeks to express all sides of himself, from sinister to hopeful, woeful to optimistic.
Beyond writing and performing his own music, Clementine is a record producer and owner of Lilystars Records, Manila’s finest indie pop label since 2008, nurturing new musical talents from obscurity to success.
Dragonfly Collector’s debut single and preview to his then upcoming album ‘The World is your Oyster’, ‘There Is No Remaining In Place’, was released on December 1, 2014 under Lilystars Records in celebration of Clementine’s 10-year anniversary in the recording industry. All the proceeds of this single was donated to Philippine Red Cross to help the victims of the Typhoon Yolanda. The same single also made its way into the top 8% of entries in the International Songwriting Competition as one of the semi-finalists. Around 19,000 entries were submitted into the competition from 100 countries.
The whole album, ‘The World Is Your Oyster’, had a radio debut on JAM 88.3 in December of 2015 and was then released a month after in January. The album had received very positive reviews from various articles and features both online and in print. In June, Dragonfly Collector gave an amazing live performance while backed up by an orchestra for the first time during the Life Rocks On Tour concert. He was accompanied by ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra in performing two of his songs. He then went on a nation-wide tour in the Philippines called ‘The World Is Your Oyster Philippine Tour 2015’ to promote his album on August which went on until the end of the year. In 2016, Dragonfly Collector once again went global with his 3-week promotional tour in Southeast Asia.
Brave The Distance is the latest single of Dragon Collector which was releases in March 6, 2020, the same time he started his solo tour, Brave The Distance: Dragonfly Collector Western Canada Tour 2020.