Lithuanian producer and DJ Ten Walls (real name: Marijus Adomaitis) was widely condemned for his backward and bigoted stance on homosexuality, after an explosive rant via his personal Facebook page surfaced back in June.
The abhorrent remarks, that labeled homosexuals as “another breed” and compared homosexuality to child abuse, were quickly deleted, but not before LGBT publication Gay Star News broke the story, sending the disgusting quotes viral.
Axed from all major festival dates, derided by dance fans, dropped by his booking agency and condemned en masse by industry influencers — including Fort Romeau, Midland, The Black Madonna, Optimo and many more — the once chart-topping producer was unceremoniously ousted by the global dance community.
Forced into taking an extended break, during which Ten Walls (who has also produced under the name Mario Basanov) returned to Lithuania, the producer has now issued an apology privately to his friends and former colleagues.
The apology, which DJ Mag received exclusively yesterday via email, will be circulated shortly to the wider media and via Ten Walls' social media channels.
DJ Mag put Ten Walls on the cover of our February mag — something we never would've done had we known about his offensive opinions. In response to the apology, DJ Mag editor, Carl Loben, said "While it is good that Ten Walls has apologised for his ignorant homophobic comments and seems to be showing remorse, this will not be enough for some.
"DJ Mag will be seeking an interview with Ten Walls in the near future to see just how aware he is of the offence he caused, and how much he really does regret his actions," Carl continued.
Get the exclusive first read of Ten Walls' apology in full below.
"I’m Marijus Adomaitis aka Ten Walls. Earlier this year I posted comments on my Facebook page, that I deeply regret. My post was linked to homophobia and was very offensive. I am ashamed to have hurt so many people: my family, my country, my colleagues, my friends, the Global LGBT community and many others. Since then I have taken time out to reflect on what I did and work out a way of apologizing that expresses how sorry I am.
I am saddened by my own behavior and the impact of my actions on others. I offended a lot of people, was the cause of horrible debates, wrecked both my own and the confidence of others and ruined the plans for many people I was working with. Understandably, I was labeled homophobic and I am not and never have considered myself to be this way. I have to tell you that my action was completely out of character and done at a particularly angry and stressful time in my life. This is not an excuse, but I would like you to know that the content of my post is not a true reflection of my feelings. For many years I have been happily working and collaborating with people from different cultures, religious and sexual attitudes. I have always respected everyone.
My post made no sense, even to me. I’m a musician. My music is for everyone in this world. I always try to unite people to promote respect, equality and tolerance, love and peace. It is my priority as a music maker, in music there is no space for discrimination. It is my intention to do something in my home country of Lithuania, to support LGBT groups and educate others on acceptance and tolerance. I am now part of a group of people who have created an electronic opera ‘Carmen’ with a strong message of this. I hope my involvement in this project will be the first step to educating others in my home country that homophobia is simply not acceptable and that everyone should be free to live the life they choose.
I am sorry for what I have done. I am sorry I let myself down. I hope you can forgive me and that one day through my actions and future behaviour, I will once again be accepted for my music.
Marijus / Ten Walls"