DJ Vakula EP cover art features prominent female DJs riding a penis spaceship
Vakula EP cover art features The Black Madonna, Nastia, Nina Kraviz and Peggy Gou.
Mikhaylo Vityk, better known as the Ukrainian DJ Vakula, is making waves not for his music, but for his misogynistic behavior.
The DJ is under fire because of artwork made for his Rocco Siffredi alias’ EP Per Aspera Ad Astra, which depicts 4 prominent female DJs riding a penis spaceship.
The artwork was created by Wanda Kuchvalek and features Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, Nastia and Peggy Gou riding.a.penis.spaceship.
My question is: Why involve artists who have nothing to do with the music on your EP?
Vakula shared insight via an Instagram post:
“I dedicated this project to my beloved women, where we tried to portray the most beautiful dick that those girls on the cover could ever meet.”
Call attention to how shit you are, Vakula
Nastia shared her disgust with it on Instagram:
“When I met him in 2015, he seriously told me I am shitty and not even a DJ, but if we come together he can teach me… I always knew he [was] such an arrogant and lost sexist, and simply idiot, who believes he is [the] one and only artist—comparing himself with Theo Parrish, but I didn’t expect he [would] go that far… His [biggest] problem is that he can’t handle our success.” She closed, “Can’t tag him here because he banned me last year.”
To which he replied:
“This artwork was designed in collaboration with my friend. My vision was to call attention to the exploitative nature of the music industry. It was not done with any disrespect. I hold the vision of the music industry becoming focused on fame, money not music and it makes me sad to see it go this way. Out of respect for the artists named in Nastia’s previous post, I will ensure the artwork is amended.”
The fact that he believes his actions call attention to the “exploitative nature of the music industry” shows how detached he is from reality. Vakula, YOU are part of the problem, not the solution. YOU are the one who should focus on music instead of other’s fame and success.
Check out Peggy Gou’s video response below.
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Vakula EP cover art will be amended but his reputation remains in tatters.