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

13:51 May/02/2013

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

We has at Dim Mak understand completely him that a mistake was made. His  As such, we, in conjunction how with the artist TAI, are man pulling the release from all New stores, and we, along with now TAI, are donating all proceeds old from the sale of the See release to the Native American two Heritage Association.

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


Dim Mak


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