Lithuanian producer Marijus Adomaitis, or better known as Ten Walls, has been a hugely divisive figure in dance music for the past few years. In June 2015, he posted an extremely homophobic rant to his personal Facebook describing people from the LBGT community as of a “different breed”. The post was quickly removed but it was a photo of it quickly spread and became viral online.
These disgraceful comments quite deservedly prompted a huge backlash online and tore the producers career to shreds as he was dropped from every festival lineup that summer as well as buy his booking agents. Last year, party promoters Circoloco received a large amount of negative criticism from those within the dance community after booking him for an Ibiza date after which he was also quickly dropped.
After almost two years, Adomaitis is back with his debut album, but the dance music community still hasn’t forgotten his shameful comments.
Queen is a 24 track, double-CD mammoth record from the Lithuanian and sees him exploring many styles and working with collaborators of different musical backgrounds such as singers and string performers. The music aims to tell a story of Adomaitis’ life as well as his musical and spiritual journey. Indeed, when listening to the album, it’s easy to see how various different moods and emotions have been explored on the record.
The album opens with a few light and airy tracks, possibly hinting to Adomaitis’ childhood memories of innocence and freedom. There are of course, many tracks exploring the opposite end of the emotional spectrum on the album. Power, The Three Gunas and Outro explore themes of sadness and it’s clear that while there are happy moments on the album, it’s very much possible that some of the sadder moments have come from Adomaitis’ rejection from the music world.
It’s important to recognize the contrast between the two CDs also. The first CD is definitely more acoustic based and it could be argued has more life than the second CD. On the other hand the second CD shows off Adomaitis’ personal skill in the world of synthesizers and is more electronically and club focused.
As a whole, the album shows off some great music. Tracks such as Her Beauty and Italo are excellent, and the record really presents Adomaitis as an artist adept but it’s unfortunate that the devil’s of Ten Wall’s past mean he will never live up to the potential he has in the electronic music sphere. But the dance music world is an open and forgiving scene, but Adomaitis will have to do a lot to prove himself to those who used to call themselves fans.
You can stream the album in full below from Ten Walls’ YouTube channel: