“I will be forgoing my Spazzkid moniker effective immediately for a multitude of reasons,” Mark Redito reveals in an email exclusively sent to his colleagues from the music press, making us wonder if the prolific LA-based Filipino producer had given up on making music.
The last 2 years have been pretty stellar for Spazzkid. His 2014 EP, Promise debuted strongly at the upper reaches of iTunes electronic albums chart and Bandcamp. Notable online music influencer Pitchfork praised the record for being a “worthy follow-up to the vulnerable-but-dreamy Desire”, and for “exploring the thrills and lows of romance without hesitation.” Eventually, the songs on Promise earned rave reviews from Spin, Stereogum and other important music publications all over the world, giving Spazzkid a proper platform to introduce his brand of Oriental eccentricity by way of playful, sample-heavy electronic pop.
Citing his potentially offensive name and disconnection with the project as two of the main reasons, Redito made an announcement that he will no longer be making music and touring using the moniker Spazzkid. “This is why I’ve chosen to eschew using a moniker altogether and go by my birth name ‘Mark Redito’ from now on,” he shares. “Thank you all for continuing to support my music during this transition period and look forward to plenty of new material soon!”
Here’s what the acclaimed producer has to say about the transition from Spazzkid to Mark Redito—in full text:
To all fans, friends, family, listeners, passers by, and anyone else who reads this:
I will be forgoing my “Spazzkid” moniker effective immediately for a multitude of reasons, but I wanted to write to everyone explaining the two main ones.
The first reason for the change is undergoing scrutiny for use of the word “spaz”. This is in no way negative and I am 100% supportive of critical thinking and assessment throughout all facets of the music world. After careful research into the various uses of the word “spaz” as a derogatory term, I no longer feel comfortable representing my music and art with a term that has the power to hurt a large group of people. While it was never my intention to offend anyone, I owe every person aggrieved by my old moniker a heartfelt apology, and this is just that. I’m sorry.
Secondly, I have felt disconnected from “Spazzkid” for a while and the direction I want to take the project doesn’t mesh entirely with the old me. Growing as an artist over the past few years has changed my life in ways I am just beginning to quantify, but with those changes comes a responsibility to continue being honest with myself. This is why I’ve chosen to eschew using a moniker altogether and go by my birth name “Mark Redito” from now on. Thank you all for continuing to support my music during this transition period and look forward to plenty of new material soon!
As proof that Redito hasn’t lost touch with his creative side, he has just released his latest track “3 AM Apologies” via Ryan Hemsworth’s music-curated Secret Sounds. The track marks a solid transition from Spazzkid’s bouncy electro-pop affectations to a moodier, more vulnerable music persona. Listen to it below:
Photo by Jesus Rivera.