Giegling have been removed from the line up for London’s Sunfall festival following co-founder Konstantin’s sexist comments in an interview with Groove Magazine.
Konstantin was quoted saying that it “is unfair that female DJ’s are so heavily promoted and that they are “worse at DJ’ing than men.” He went on to state that “women who seek careers in male-dominated industries like the DJ business must lose their ‘female qualities’ and become ‘manly’.”
Giegling had been locked in to play Sunfall’s after party gig at London’s Bloc on August 12th. Sunfall organiser The Columbo Group have since issued a 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. Joint day and night ticket holders will be notified via email, if you do hold a Giegling ticket email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more night session options.”
Many females within the industry have voiced their disgust at Konstantin’s outburst, including The Black Madonna and Discwomen. Konstantin has since apologised for the interview, arguing that the published article has been misquoted.
“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 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.”