Apparently, in 2017 people are still finding the notion of females being equal to men a difficult concept to grasp. While we like to think the house and techno industry is ahead of the curve in that regard, lately we’ve been given frequent reminders that say otherwise.
The latest such incident features Giegling co-founder Konstantin. In an interview printed with Groove, writer Lauren Aha marked that Konstantin had said that women are ‘mostly worse DJs than men’.
It didn’t take long for the rest of the industry to lash out in response to the sexist remarks. One of the most vocal responses came from NYC’s Discwoman collective, and rightfully so. The crew event went as far as to urge those involved with Giegling to separate themselves from the collective.
Just want to kindly say fuck Konstantin and fuck Giegling.
— DISCWOMAN (@DISCWOMANNYC) June 21, 2017
In addition, the German-based Konstantin along with the rest of the Giegling crew were dropped from London’s Sunfall Festival. In a response posted to their Facebook page, Sunfall organizers issued this statement: “Out of respect for the incredible female talent we have with us at Sunfall this year, it’s with regret we announce the Giegling night session will not be going ahead. We are shocked to hear of Konstantin’s recent comments, and disagree with them completely.
It should be noted that Konstantin offered a response in light of the backlash, claiming the print was terribly misquoted. Regardless of the case, situations like this can be so easily avoided and time and time again, we keep finding ourselves in similar scenarios.
You can check out the full Konstantin response provided to RA below:
“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 humor 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.”
It appears this may be only the beginning. Typically, all it takes is one domino to fall for the rest to come crashing down. In any event, remarks such as the ones made by Konstantin have no place in this industry and need to be handled as so.