- "Excluding the inherent problematic nature of my artist name from my [January] statement was an oppressive action towards the people who took the time and effort to hold me accountable."
Patrick Holland has addressed the real reason he retired his Project Pablo artist name back in January.
The Canadian producer shared a statement on Facebook Tuesday owning up to the appropriative alias and the harm in not publicly acknowledging it in his initial announcement.
"While I mentioned I'd done so to be more personable in my artistic practice, I omitted the fact that members of the Latinx community had reached out to me publicly and privately, to express their discomfort towards my moniker and educate me on why using the name 'Pablo' is harmful and appropriative as a white, non-Latinx, non-Spanish-speaking person," Holland wrote.
"Excluding the inherent problematic nature of my artist name from my statement was an oppressive action towards the people who took the time and effort to hold me accountable. I have also side-stepped this same fact in interviews since. I did so in order to protect myself, and my career. There is no excuse for my actions. I have contributed to white supremacy and consistently benefit from my white privilege; my ego has blocked me from recognizing this."
Holland also said he will be donating to Coast Protectors, as well as making recurring contributions to Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project and The Immigrant Defence Project.
Earlier this week, Dave Lee announced he would no longer use his Joey Negro stage name, and Marea Stamper changed her artist alias from The Black Madonna to The Blessed Madonna following a petition by Monty Luke.
Read Holland's post in full.