Career suicide in one picturevakula oh dear..
The cover of Per Aspera Ad Astra, released under his Rocco Siffredi alias, depicts Peggy Gou, Nastia, Nina Kraviz and The Black Madonna captaining a penis-shaped spaceship.www.residentadvisor.net
Saw that Skream was singing his praises on Twitter last week, saying that he's the best selector in the game. The responses (in the main) were that people were looking forward to seeing him back on the scene. No doubt he'll be back at some point, maybe not to Ibiza straight away, but he'll start to get more and more bookings once he's played a few gigs again.
I work in the PR industry so I have a pretty keen bullshit antenna but I think that statement does sound legit and contrite... Of course, if he really wants to 'detoxify his brand' (jargon ugh) he could start by dropping the Jackmaster (lazily pilfered from one of Chicago's finest) and reinvent himself as a serious DJ under a new name. I also think there's lessons here for everyone who worships DJs as celebrities and brands. If someone behaves badly then let it be sorted out privately or via the police not public mea culpas designed to save careers. The whole industry needs to get away from this increasing commodification of people who ultimately just play records... and who were certainly never designed to be role-models, otherwise music will just go the way Beckham almost destroyed football - a place where the art is a mere vehicle for the celebrity... and where people who think they are gods think they can get away with anything.
He did an RA interview/mini-documentary a few years ago where he was quite candid about his upbringing and drug use. Agree entirely on matters being dealt with privately. Not condoning his actions at all, but incidents like this seem to be dealt with via kangaroo court on social media, fates decided when the right people speak out and the promotors react by dropping them from line-ups.
Does anyone know if his Numbers label were still releasing stuff over the last year?
Will there be the same backlash as when Circo Loco booked Tenwalls? DJ’s refusing to play on same lineup. I don’t think there will be.