Off The Record - Ego and Equality

Words by: S Roberts
Posted: 27/6/17 11:28

Would you have noticed whether I was female or male before reading this article?

Would you have given a shit? Probably not. You can not physically see me and I'm not in the media spotlight. 

Ergo; I am unsure why being female makes women less capable of writing, mixing records, or laying bricks on a building site if we so wish. Not only that, but I am unsure why people keep commenting on it. It always ends in tears.

You may have guessed that I am making mild reference to the incomprehensible blunder made by Giegling's Konstantin, who was recently quoted in Germany's Groove Magazine, claiming women are unfairly promoted above men and DJ'ing makes them look manly. The worst bit? He said women are usually worse at DJ'ing than men. Yikes. Read more on that here.

Before we go any further, we are pretty lucky. In our office, this is not about females vs males, or Konstantin himself. This is about slandering hard working and talented individuals. Although, we do feel for the artists engulfed by the shit storm these mindless comments bring. Let's be honest, he probably did not mean it. He was technically quoted off the record, but unfortunately for him it was translated into several languages for the world to read.At the top of the game in this industry there is a very long list of women doing the business. Any single person that has watched the rise of The Black Madonna over the last year will be staggered with awe. Her mixing style is a genre unto itself and her Dekmantel set last year took the internet by storm. The best thing about it? She's one of the girls. 

This following incident left us scratching our heads trying to figure out a motive...

Konstantin and The Black Madonna met at a gig just a week before his controversial quotes surfaced. Like a lamb to the slaughter, the self-confessed chauvinist said to the force that is TBM:

"I hear you are a feminist, you might want to stay away from me, I am a chauvinist.” Run!

Since the two incidents, TBM to took to Twitter...


Most artists accept that the slandering comments of Konstantin's ilk create nothing but career-jeopardising hassle. And quite rightly so. Don't believe us? Giegling just got axed from London's Sunfall Festival. Ouch. 

Recent blunders and Konstantin aside, this issue is bigger than any one isolated incident. Sadly there seems to be a common, unspoken theme in the industry. 

Seemingly, there is some sort of underlying notion that if a beautiful female releases a fantastic record and escalates faster than a male in the industry, it's an 'Industry Plant'.

This is the precise comment that was left on Lauren Lo Sung's recent release- 'Tresor'. 

(Get your ears around it if you have not already, it's fantastic)

Immediately, it would seem to all those reading that this comment was made by DJ who simply isn't as talented.

Rarely, there is a point to be made in these situations but please, gents, save it for when you are having a big bag of cans with the lads. We simply have not got the time to read this crap on media platforms. This is not 1950.

There should be only one difference between the sexes ever mentioned when discussing this industry and it is that there are more males. That's about it. 

The men in this industry who have provided platforms for so many artists that have flourished under their wings (Papa Sven we are looking at you) should never be discredited, but people have got to stop making excuses for females doing well.

 

If you are in a position of social responsibility, it is simple - do not project your damagingly negative personal views on the rest of the world and your fans. There are people throughout the industry, at all levels, working very hard to promote equality. Stop messing it all up.

For those of you wanting to read it, in a statement issued earlier this morning, Konstantin said:

"I feel deeply sorry about the words that have been printed. These words are not a direct quote and are in my opinion misleading. I actually learned to DJ from my friend Sarah and of course I don't think women are worse DJs than men. I completely regret what was said in that private conversation with the journalist, where she did not appreciate my bad sense of humour and my habit of taking opposite positions to challenge people, even if it sometimes goes way beyond my own opinion. What was written does not reflect my opinion nor is it at all anything other people from the label would ever say or feel. I accept the journalist's point on the boy's club. But we want women to be involved and we were always trying to involve women in our action."


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