Editor Note: This article was updated at 10:00 a.m. E.S.T. on May 5, 2020, with comments from Alan Fitzpatrick, whose tour manager is involved in the project, and Gabriel Torres, tour manager for The Martinez Brothers.
Just hours after pulling their Instagram page and Bandcamp website link from the internet, New York City based TNT Sofa Sessions has reintroduced them to the public.
Their program, Tour Managers Not Touring, composed of 10 tour managers of dance music’s brightest stars, set out to display their talents by offering mixes to the public for a 5€ donation that would have purchasers access to over 30 hours of music.
Their employers, the DJs themselves, Carl Cox, Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire, Seth Trexler, Hito, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joseph Capriati, The Martinez Brothers, Paco Osuna, and Carnage, provided bonus tracks to their manager’s mixes in hopes of generating publicity along with an accompanying promotional Instagram story video on the tntsofasessions page.
All donations will be distributed to the tour managers as a means to aid them during the current world situation financially.
Citing the DJs were some of the wealthiest in the world, it was unethical for them to advertise these mixes in hopes of raising money from the struggling general public for their tour managers. He went on to suggest the DJs support them based on the loyal service the managers have provided them.
TNT offered a statement on May 4, 2020, via its now rebooted Instagram page at 9:00 p.m. E.S.T. and read as follows:
TNT Sofa Sessions claimed there was never any mention by the DJs to pay the tour managers wages, only asking the public to support them.
They went on to say that “this has been blown completely out of context.”
The brand does admit unintentional errors were made with how the project was presented, and the situation is being rectified.
Edit: Alan Fitzpatrick response via Twitter:
Gabriel Torres, tour manager for The Martinez Brothers (real names Steve and Christian Martinez), responded via Instagram:
We have reached out to TNT for comment and will update when available.
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