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The Electronic Music Industry and Social Media Self-Destruction

Social media self-destruction seems to be a trend in the electronic music industry as of late.

Ten Walls is perhaps the most known victim of self-induced career suicide, a result of homophobic remarks posted to his Facebook account just over two years ago. Despite a number of apologies, canceled gigs, getting rebooked and then dropped again and then launching a brand-new tour, he has yet to come remotely close to the level of popularity and career trajectory he was enjoying prior to his now infamous statements.

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Techno and House Invade Barcelona’s Biggest Former Bullring

Creaductions Arena, Barcelona’s largest former bullring, has announced as series of open air daytime showcases throughout OFF Week. Best yet, all of them are FREE as all people need to do is to sign up via the links below.

La Plaza de Toros La Monumenta is a breathtaking former bullring in Barcelona. It has grand architecture, was built in 1914, and once held 20,000 people. The events will feature 15 years of Get Physical, 5 years of This And That (DC-10 regular David Squillace’s imprint), and more.

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Ten Walls Announces Debut “Queen” Album

On March 15th Ten Walls is set to release his debut album, entitled Queen. 

The 24-track release is coming out on Runemark and will journey the listener through some of the artist’s life moments beginning with childhood and ending with more recent times.

Also known as Mario Basanov, the contested producer stated, “Queen is an album full of contrasts. It is a story that covers various moments of my life as well as musical experiences.

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Circoloco Pulls Ten Walls from DC-10 Ibiza Lineup Following Protests from Fellow DJs and Fans

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Following yesterday’s controversial announcement by Circoloco to book Ten Walls for this coming Monday’s residency party at DC-10 Ibiza, party organizers were hit by a series of complaints from both internationally-renowned DJs in the industry, as well as electronic music fans at large.

Understandably, many felt insulted that the Lithuanian producer, guilty of having made public homophobic remarks last summer through his social media channels, was once again given such a platform to play music. While some electronic music listeners did feel he should be given another chance, the majority of those weighing in were surprised, shocked or even angry at the decision.

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Some of the most vocal tweets came from the likes of Midland, Eats Everything and Seth Troxler. The latter is scheduled to play the party still, and we suspect, due to his history as a vocal champion for equality that he had a word or two to say in private about the booking.

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A mere 24 hours after the lineup announcement, Circoloco has come out with an official statement pulling Ten Walls from the roster set to play the club on July 4th:

Circoloco Gives Ten Walls “Another Chance” and Books Him For DC-10 Ibiza

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Perhaps surprisingly to some, one of the world’s most respected and popular underground parties is giving Ten Walls “another chance.”

Of course you will remember the public homophobic comments made by Marijus Adomaitis, better known by his stage names Ten Walls and Mario Basanov, in the summer of last year, and the criticism he received as a result of them. He was dropped by several major festivals, let go of by Coda Music Agency and was on the receiving end of several public remarks by other artists in the underground scene who made a point of both canceling gigs with him and distancing themselves from his remarks.

He went on to publish a public apology in September 2015 via DJ Mag, denouncing his highly-criticized comments and declaring his new-found stance against homophobia. At the time, the apology drew further criticism from many who perceived it to be insincere and insufficient to redeem the damage done. In April of this year, the producer announced a 10-stop “Equalized” tour throughout Europe and the UAE, leaving many to wonder how he would be received back on the road by the thousands of electronic music fans who took offense to his original comments.

It appears, that other promoters are now giving the Lithuanian producer another chance to redeem himself and his career. It was announced today that Ten Walls has been booked to play the esteemed Circoloco party at DC-10 taking place this coming Monday 4th of July. He is accompanied on the roster by the likes of Seth Troxler, Solomun, Matthias Tanzmann and Nicole Moudaber for what represents the latest edition of the party’s Coming Of Age summer 2016 residency.

The comments on Circoloco’s Facebook announcement (see below) have shown divided opinions. Some are surprised to see Ten Walls featured in the lineup, while others believe that everyone deserves a second chance.

 

Ten Walls Returns to Touring With 10 Night “Equalized” Tour

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In summer of last year, Lithuanian producer Marijus Adomaitis, better known by his stage names Ten Walls and Mario Basanov, made public homophobic remarks on his personal Facebook page that drew an onslaught of criticism from the dance music community. He was dropped by several major festivals, let go of by Coda Music Agency and was on the receiving end of several public remarks by other artists in the underground scene who made a point of both canceling gigs with him and distancing themselves from his remarks.

In September, the producer famous for his release of “Walking With Elephants,” issued a public apology via DJ Mag that denounced his comments and declared his stance against homophobia. At the time, the apology drew further criticism from many who perceived it to be insincere and insufficient to redeem the damage done.

Now, Marijus has announced his return to touring, with ten (not coincidental) tour dates throughout April and the beginning of May. They are mostly all in Europe, with an additional date in Abu Dhabi. In a likely unsuccessful marketing attempt of underscoring his new opposition to homophobia, he has decided to name the ten dates back on the road as an “Equalized Tour.”

You can see the entire tour program below. So far the social media posts announcing his return to the road seem to have been mostly met with positive reception from fans, despite a few claiming that negative comments had been deleted on Facebook.

It will be more than interesting in the next few weeks to see how the dance community reacts to Ten Walls return as an artist and touring performer. From experience, the dance music scene has great memory and is not likely to forget or forgive the remarks he made, especially considering how important the all-inclusive aspect of our scene is, and its all-too-important roots within the gay community.

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Ten Walls Gives Updated Apology Regarding Homophobic Remarks

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Ten Walls hasn’t had the busy summer he expected since making his homophobic remarks back in June, and evidence reveals that he’s starting to hurt for attention again. In a recent email to DJ Mag, Ten Walls offered up an extensive apology recognizing the fact that he “offended a lot of people, was the cause of horrible debates, wrecked both [his] and the confidence of others and ruined the plans for many people [he] was working with.” Despite his efforts to reestablish connections with the media and fans, many are not convinced with the apology, and aren’t so quick to give him a second chance.  Read more

The Wall Falls Down: Public Outcry Over Ten Walls Anti-Gay Comments

ten wallsIn this day and age everything that is voiced in the public sphere can, and will, have a strong reaction. Apparently this concept wasn’t understood by Ten Walls with his recent homophobic comments and malicious opinion about the LGBT community.

Ten Walls took to his personal Facebook page recently to voice opinions about his disgust for the LGBT community, and referenced how people of this community “are of a different breed”, amongst many other cringe-worthy statements that was initially reported by Gay Star News. Obviously, the post has since been removed by Ten Walls, but the consequences are stretching far and wide within the industry. Read more

Caribou’s Essential Mix On Top For 2014

caribouCanadian Producer Dan Snaith, a.k.a Caribou has been crowned the king of the BBC R1 Essential Mix for 2014, beating out favorites Bicep, Jon Hopkins, Joy Orbison, and Ten Walls. A panel of judges consisting of Pete Tong, B. Traits, Danny Howard, 2013’s winner Eric Prydz and dance music editors from Mixmag, DJ Magazine, Resident Advisor and XLR8R named Caribou’s feature the Essential Mix of the Year, which first aired last October. In the same month, he released his critically-acclaimed sixth studio album ‘Our Love’, which reached #46 on the Billboard 200. BBC Radio 1 will air the mix live once more on December 27. Hear his award winning two-hour eclectic selection below:

 

Caribou – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix 2014-10-18 by Core News Uploads on Mixcloud

Caribou’s Essential Mix On Top For 2014

caribouCanadian Producer Dan Snaith, a.k.a Caribou has been crowned the king of the BBC R1 Essential Mix for 2014, beating out favorites Bicep, Jon Hopkins, Joy Orbison, and Ten Walls. A panel of judges consisting of Pete Tong, B. Traits, Danny Howard, 2013’s winner Eric Prydz and dance music editors from Mixmag, DJ Magazine, Resident Advisor and XLR8R named Caribou’s feature the Essential Mix of the Year, which first aired last October. In the same month, he released his critically-acclaimed sixth studio album ‘Our Love’, which reached #46 on the Billboard 200. BBC Radio 1 will air the mix live once more on December 27. Hear his award winning two-hour eclectic selection below:

 

Caribou – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix 2014-10-18 by Core News Uploads on Mixcloud