Giegling co-founder Konstantin is under fire for comments he reportedly gave to a German magazine on female DJs
The co-founder of the prominent dance music label Giegling has responded to the backlash he has faced in the wake of comments attributed to him in an article where he reportedly suggested that women are “usually worse at DJing than men.”
Konstantin, a DJ and producer, co-founded Giegling with a collective of German musicians and creatives in 2008. However, the publication of recent comments he allegedly made to a German journalist have seen him come under fire from fans and artists from the electronic music community.
As reported by Mixmag, Konstantin met a Groove journalist on a train, where they proceeded to discuss electronic music. In a loose translation of the resulting Groove article, Konstantin allegedly voiced his gripes with the position of women in the industry.
“He finds it unfair that women are so heavily promoted, although they are in his opinion usually worse at DJing than men are,” the article states, before claiming that Konstantin believes women need to change their ways in order to achieve success in the music industry.
“Thus women who seek careers in male-dominated industries like the DJ business must lose their ‘female qualities’ and become ‘manly’.”
See the translation of the article below.
The article – which is still only available in print – attracted huge controversy online after it was picked up on social media.
Konstantin has now responded to the article, telling Resident Advisor that he was “deeply sorry about the words that have been printed.”
“These words are not a direct quote and are in my opinion misleading,” he said. “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.”
Electronic artists, fans and online commentators reacted angrily to Konstantin’s alleged comments when they surfaced yesterday (June 21). The label Discwoman wrote on Twitter “just want to kindly say fuck Konstantin and fuck Giegling,” while Frankie wrote: “I’m upset about this konstantin/giegling shit cos the amount of times we have to stay silent in fear of people not believing us is so wack.”