In a recently published article in German magazine Groove, Konstantin, co-founder of esteemed record label Giegling, has shared his apparent opinion that women are "disproportionately promoted" in the industry and suggests that women are "usually worse at DJing than men".
The piece states that the article’s writer met Konstantin on a train and the two parties began to have a discussion about women in electronic music. The discussion in question allegedly lead to Konstantin revealing his anti-feminist views on the subject.
Although the magazine is in German, a loose translation reveals his controversial opinion that women should not be given as much attention as they get: “He finds it unfair that women are so heavily promoted, although they are in his opinion usually worse at DJing than men are”.
The article goes on to state that Konstantin thinks women must change their ways if they are to break through in a male-focused industry: “Thus women who seek careers in male-dominated industries like the DJ business must lose their ‘female qualities’ and become ‘manly’”.
The Black Madonna commented after reading the excerpt, adding her own strange encounter with Konstantin.
So, I'll read the article but last week Konsti said and I quote "You're a feminist? You might not want to be around me. I'm a chauvinist."— The Black Madonna (@blackmadonnachi) June 21, 2017
Following the reports, Konstantin sent a response directly to Mixmag stating that he regrets what he said in the original Groove article: "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 humor 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."
Harrison is Mixmag's East Coast Editor. Follow him on Twitter here
This article has been updated to include Konstantin's response