Controversy over racist artwork on 'Indian Kill' EP by TAI

00:00 Nov/30/1999

Not the most successful music release you'd imagine. TAI’s EP ‘Indian Kill’ didn't go exactly according to plan. Actually what was the plan with this one? What did the artist and his record label expect was going to happen after using an image of a wounded native American as artwork? The EP has been recalled from Soundcloud, the Dim Mak site and all digital stores due to backlash from all sides. Statements, and apologies are rolling in from both TAI and Dim Mak, as well as Drop The Lime, who filled the remixing duties on one of the tracks.

TAI shows remorse on his Facebook wall, saying:"I fully apologize for the artwork, title, and sounds included in my recently released "Indian Kill" EP and take complete responsibility for any offense it may have caused. I currently have the release being removed from all sites. "

Drop The Lime was furious to see the outcome, emphasizing he had  in a Facebook post of his own:"When I was asked to remix the TAI single, I had NO idea what the titles or artwork or socialmedia content following were to be for the EP. Now that it has been released, I see it is a racist, ignorant and distasteful piece of work, and I am ashamed and want no association with the release."

He couldn't believe it was ever even OK'd by folks involved with confirming a release. This really raises questions, but Dim Mak tries to answer them in the following statement:

 As TAI’s record label, we would like to address the recent release of the TAI “Indian Kill EP” and the controversy surrounding it.  First off, we would like to sincerely apologize for any offense this release has caused.  We at Dim Mak are a multi-cultural family, both in our artist roster and our company staff, and as people, it is not our intent to offend anyone by propagating negative cultural stereotypes.

So why did we release this EP?  It all comes down to one of our core company values:  we at Dim Mak require that our artists maintain their complete creative freedom.  As an indie label built out of a college bedroom over 15 years ago, we have been unbending on the complete freedom of expression that is at the essence of the DIY culture. We’ve never felt the need to question our artists’ creative vision, and in retrospect we see that was a mistake in this instance as the artist himself was not aware of the negative implications of the release that he delivered.  

Now that we’ve witnessed the earnest offense that the release of this EP has caused (especially in relation to an issue that is much more significant than a simple dance music single could ever be), we understand that there are some lines that cannot and should not be crossed. To put it simply, this situation forced us to take a long hard look at how we balance creative freedom with cultural sensitivity.

We at Dim Mak understand completely that a mistake was made.  As such, we, in conjunction with the artist TAI, are pulling the release from all stores, and we, along with TAI, are donating all proceeds from the sale of the release to the Native American Heritage Association.

We sincerely apologize for any damage or ill will that this situation has caused. 


Dim Mak

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