How you might not be all that different from Ten Walls

In light of recent events I felt it was necessary to shed some of the light on the many different forms of branding-suicide artists and business owners alike make every day.  Ones you are very likely making, maybe unknowing. Hell, you are likely supporting artists that have made sexist, racist or bullying comments without thought. You may have even seen them as “calling it as it is.” Yet when it became the trend to “dis Ten Walls” many people seemed to have been on board for the public shaming. Which made me ask a lot of questions about what boundaries people have and how they draw the line on one thing, but not others. Was it out of love and the want for tolerance or was it possibly just something trendy to jump on board with?

Ten Walls makes Homophobic comment

If Coda Agency was so quick drop him from their roster, did that mean other artists would be more heavily looked at for discriminating behavior. As the spoke woman’s stated, “Coda Music Agency condemns all forms of discrimination based on race, religion or sexual orientation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and to represent a hugely diverse roster of artists. “ And what about the artists not quite “there” yet. Were they making similar mistakes and killing their chances for success?

With that thought in mind I came up with some guide lines that may help you prevent yourself from a similar situation in the near future. Heck, you might even find yourself un-following some artists and deleting your old racy content just to play it safe.

Be aware of your comments & content:

Whether you are joking or feel justified in your statement, making racists, sexist or homophobic comments and you are just asking for trouble. This includes internet memes and videos. If your joke needs context it probably just isn’t a good idea in the first place.

Watch your ATTITUDE online:

Do you come off ungrateful, jaded or even hateful? Someone you know in real life might be lovely in person but their online attitude makes them seem really unhappy and difficult to work with. If you got an honest opinion about how you came across, what would people say?

Treat all people with respect:

No matter how BIG or SMALL you are as an artists, treating people poorly is one of the worst things you can do. Even if you feel they’re getting what’s coming.  I get it, some guy wronged you and he probably deserves a punch in the face but if you say it you’ll look like a jerk. If you do it, you’re facing some legal crap! Let karma work things out and you go do YOU.

Avoid aimlessly liking and following people:

Maybe you think liking lots of people will get you more friends on twitter or some traffic to your page, but suddenly you find yourself following a known sex offender or liking a facebook post that was incredibly offensive.

Think before you speak:

With great power comes great responsibility and it seems the more power people gain, the more they take advantage of the fact that people look up to them. I see this all of the time with the veterans vs. the newbie djs. They think they can walk all over them because they learned on vinyl and they think these noobs are nobody. But they ARE somebody. They were us. They are where we used to be and we need to respect their journey and remember how hard it was and how much we wanted to make them happy.

If you want to know what I mean about thinking before you speak, here is an article I wrote about 6 ways you may be offending female djs. They are common statements both men and women make without thought to how they are actually coming across.

Want more guides? Our friends at Edgar can explain many more mistakes they’ve seen people make. It’s a really great read and they too mention things you might not have even thought about. Read it here. 

Some of these might seem obvious whiles others may have once felt like an innocent joke. The reality is, regards if your joke gets you in trouble or not, the vibe you put out will attract your tribe. So if you’re not a racist, homophobic or hateful person but you put out a joke or message that shows other wise you could potentially lose the demographic you want to attract and bring in some pretty negative followers.

You don’t have to be in the big leagues to start implementing these important practices. Let’s build the scene we want to see thrive by acting the part.

Have you ever let an artists bad behavior slide because you really loved their music? Will you think twice next time you hear of discriminating comments? Or maybe there is a part of you that wants to believe someone can make a mistake and genuinely be sorry and do differently next time. Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments!

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11 thoughts on “How you might not be all that different from Ten Walls

  1. Pi says:

    So, in your version of free speech, the people that were upset by his opinions and no longer wanted to be involved with him are FORCED to stay involved with him? It sounds like in your perfect scenario, only one person is free – the bigot. Everyone else is shackled to supporting him whether or not they want to. You want to tape the consumer’s mouth shut to support the bigot’s right to free speech.

    When in reality, what happened was the epitome of a free society. He expressed an opinion that a lot of people disagree with, using his free speech. Society reacted, using their free speech. In the end, the consumers using their free speech ruined his career. He had the right to express his opinion, but the consumers had a right to express theirs as well.

  2. Tea Party says:

    This is actually why I hate social media. The only thing worse than a guy’s homophobic remarks is the idiotic response to them on social media.

    One guy makes some stupid comments and suddenly anyone with any connection at all to electronic music is ranting and raving, pissing on this guys career’s grave.

    Most people don’t even know what the guy fucking said, but are “LoL’ing!!!” all over Facebook over yet another ‘hilarious’ wunderground article. Piss off.

    To call this an overreaction is an understatement. a) who cares what his opinion is, and b) you’re not funny / clever / witty / insightful / saving the world by jumping in on the circle-jerk.

    I absofuckinglutely GUARANTEE that there are a large number of well-established people in the scene who share his views – and probably more “offensive” views than that (perish the thought!)

    But why are we piling on this guy? Cause he vocalized them once.

    So what’s the takeaway? Always be extra super careful what you’re saying because there are thousands of loud, shrill, hyper-sensitive hyenas just waiting to jump on every off-hand comment.

    Yipee for free speech

  3. Bronyte says:

    but people need not be afraid to speak out, especially about injustices/sexism/phobias. because as long as people are quiet, there will be no discussions and change and moving forward.

  4. Bronyte says:

    see, this is the point that people keep repeating over and over, about freedom of speech. but nobody denied those people freedom of speech. They spoke their opinions. It just so happened that, say, Ten Walls had a lot to lose in this situation, because, unfortunately, festivals/labels etc did not want to be seen as promoting people who speak hatred. Every case of free speech is open to critique/feedback/consequence.

  5. DontKilmaVibe says:

    People defiantly did complain about it. Unfortunately there was a lot of slut shaming that went back on those speaking out about it. It’s quite interesting to see the reaction people have towards it. Many of my friends have stated they don’t feel comfortable sharing their opinions about how they feel those situations were wrong but in this case, they felt they were allowed to say something without scrutiny and that truly hurt them too.

  6. DontKilmaVibe says:

    You make some really interesting points about the threats of retaliation, hostilely and blacklisting. Where do we draw the line and why is it people feel justified in making some pretty hateful and threatening comments right back at that.

  7. Kelly Myers says:

    How about everyone just fuck off about social justice warrior attitudes and thought policing the world? You want real tolerance? Then you embrace freedom of speech and don’t threaten blacklisting someone over their freedom to speak openly about something. I find it massively hypocritical for someone to be blacklisted or shunned over having an opinion on something – no matter how out of step it is with the general public thought pattern. Everyone has this right. Why can’t this be celebrated instead of shunned and people told to toe the line – or else? Frankly it’s the people who want to tape shut someones mouth by using the threat of retaliation, hostility, blacklisting and more who are the real assholes that need to be booted to the curb.

  8. Bronyte says:

    all that is needed for bad things to prevail is that good people do nothing (re: allowing a bigot to be worshipped AND paid worldwide because nobody knows; not saying anything “where a guy was doing some not to great stuff to a woman and people didn’t want to get involved”…etc. Plus just because you did not notice it does not mean people did not complain about Diplo and Deadmau5.

  9. OANA says:

    Yeah exactly , my point is that even women take sides to people like this , and as long as everybody keeps quiet , because oh my drama ..this will never stop . Maybe they are too broken inside because of all the drugs they do but that is not an excuse to behave like this . We all have our part of fun but I don’t know I have a feeling that is everything getting over board due to some over inflated egos … we should all just stick to what we do best and why we started this in the first place, to unite people not the other way around ….

  10. DontKilmaVibe says:

    Thank you for saying this Oana,
    We recently dealt with a situation here in my local town where a guy was doing some not to great stuff to a woman and people didn’t want to get involved. They didn’t want to “cause drama” mean while the woman had to deal with some pretty upsetting stuff and everyone else let it slide. What’s that about eh? We pick and choose.

  11. OANA says:

    Great article again.
    I will say what I feel about this, the thing is that any publicity is publicity and while everybody was after this guy , because he made a stupid comment , some other major life changing things were happening that influence the planet . What this guy did is so stupid and I am wondering who is the one that spread all this about him as I want them as my marketing manager hihi . The point is that this guy only said stuff , what if the guy is really a psycho ? and people still cover him and not because the music is oh my god so fantastic , but just because he is very good with words and have an excuse even for rape .. I know hard words I am using but my point is that are far worse things that artists do and people overlook than what this guy did . So what if he said what he said , the world is so hypocritical now a days that they would hold a gun at your head and preach u about not using guns … So very sweet of u for dedicating this matter such a long article , my question is why would I look bad if for example I would recognise publicly that some artist dude abused and raped some girls? how bad would that be for me ?? How does that make me the bad guy ?? as it seems that the world is upside down at the moment . Thanks

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