Lithuanian producer Ten Walls has released a new track via the website of an LGBT group in his home country as an attempt to make amends for homophobic comments he made earlier this year.
The dance music DJ posted a series of homophobic comments on his Facebook wall in June, with Sonar, Creamfields and a number of other festivals later removing the artist from their line-ups as a result of what he wrote.
Having previously apologised for his remarks, Ten Walls has now unveiled new song ‘Shining’ featuring transgender singer Alex Radford. It has been premiered by Lithuanian LGBT group LGL.
In a statement, Ten Walls says: “Finally. More than happy to share with you the new song, ‘Shining’ (Ten Walls feat. Alex Radford). Behind the walls of silence stood emotional, sleepless and creativity-filled days and nights. Together with Alex we made it and it is yours now. I would especially like to thank Lithuanian LGBT Community LGL for their support all this time. Therefore the premiere of ‘Shining’ will take place in their official website. Please visit the page, listen and download the song for free here. Christmas came earlier this year so shine, as you never did before. Peace. TW.”
LGL added: “One of the main principles of our organization is to build bridges rather than barriers. We can become a community free from fears and prejudices only by being open and ready to learn from our mistakes. The National LGBT rights organization LGL applauds the initiative by Ten Walls to premiere his new song “Shining” at the web platform of the national LGBT organization. We firmly believe that this will become a small step towards creating an open and inclusive environment in the Lithuanian society.”
Hear the song below.
The original post by Ten Walls, posted earlier this year, recalled a moment from his past when a fellow Lithuanian musician tried to convince him to be more tolerant. “When I asked him ‘What would you do if you realised that your 16-year-old son’s browny [anus] is ripped by his boyfriend?’ Well he was silent,” Ten Walls wrote. He later talked about “the good 90s,” in a comment, “when these people of different breed [were] fixed”.
The controversy led to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite commenting on the issue, stating that Ten Walls’ words had opened dialogue over alleged intolerance in the country.
The musician later posted a lengthy response to the incident. In his apology, published by DJ Mag, he stated that he “deeply regretted” his comments and aimed to “educate others on acceptance and tolerance” by working on an “electronic opera” with a LGBT message.