Producer Marijus Adomaitis, otherwise known as Ten Walls has been removed from several DJ line-ups he was originally planned to attend. Best known for his 2014 single Walking with Elephants, the UK producer made various comments comparing gay people to paedophiles in a Facebook post that has since been removed.
Electronic Festivals like Creamfields, Pitch Festival, Sonar, and Urban Art Forms have removed the producer from their line-up. Electronic artist Fort Romeau also cancelled his slot supporting Ten Walls at the upcoming Koko London festival.
According to Gay Star News, he initially posted “I remember producing music for one Lithuanian musician, who tried to wash my brain that I don’t need to be so conservative and intolerant about them”. He also allegedly recounted that “One of my first gigs in Ireland, on my way to hotel I saw a church with a fence decorated with hundreds of baby shoes. Unfortunately a priest’s lie for many years was uncovered when children were massively raped. Unfortunately the people of other breed continue to do it and everyone knows it but does nothing.”
The artist has since apologized, saying later in a post: “Last week I wrote a Facebook post that was wrong and completely out of character and the result was a badly written post that was unacceptable. It was never my intention to offend anyone. I’m really saddened by everything that has happened and I would like to apologise to everyone I’ve let down, especially to my friends in the gay community, and my fans. I now need to take a break and have cancelled my upcoming shows.”
Creamfields spoke up about why they decided to remove Ten Walls from their line-up, expressing: “Whilst we respect freedom of speech, we find his defamatory and prejudiced comments about the gay community extremely offensive and feel that this is not in line with the spirit of Creamfields or an opinion that we support”. Fort Romeau added: “While cancelling one gig is hardly going to change the world, it does stand as a personal rejection of bigotry, fear and intolerance.” with Barcelona’s Sonar festival stating that they saw the comments as “at odds with the naure and ethos” or their event.
On top of the cancelled events, Phonica Records has cancelled all pre-orders of the artist’s upcoming album Sparta, providing a statement on their website that reads: ““We wont be stocking this record anymore due to Mario Basanov aka Ten Walls’ homophobic comments over the weekend. If you have pre-ordered it, your pre-order has been cancelled and money refunded.” Many fellow DJs also denounced Adomaitis, applauding the festivals’ decisions to cut him from their line-ups. Many fans and listeners alike also made their feelings clear saying they have since deleted every song they have by Ten Walls.