Discwoman And Changing The Record Of All-Male Electronic Lineups
Meet the women helping balance the turntables
By Natalie Robehmed

Gaze down the lineups of an EDM festival–or the Highest-Paid DJs list–and you’d be forgiven for thinking electronic music is only produced by white men. Of the 231 acts at this year’s EDC Las Vegas, just eight included female members–that’s 3.5% of all artists. At the forthcoming Electric Zoo in New York, only six of 92 acts announced so far were women or included a female member.

Though acts such as NERVO and Krewella are regularly featured on such lineups, allowing them to command the fees that might soon land them on the Electronic Cash Kings list, the gender disparity onstage remains dismal–and that’s not just in the U.S. A 2015 report by female:pressure, a network of female electronic artists, found that men comprised 82% of 44 international festivals’ lineups. There’s even a tumblr dedicated to pointing out very male lineups.

At a festival, women are nearly exclusively heard onstage in the controlled samples of female vocals that comprise EDM hooks. For listeners at home, women are visible only in the sexualized stock art of YouTube videos. And it’s an industry secret that top male DJs have, on occasion, written requests into their riders for attractive women to serve refreshments backstage for them.

Now several women are working to balance those festival turntables. Discwoman, a New York-based platform and party-thrower, represents and showcases female-identified DJ talent in the electronic music community through regular club nights. Since its first event at Brooklyn’s Bossa Nova Civic Club in 2014, Discwoman has thrown events with all-female lineups in Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal, Detroit and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“You can’t just talk about it, you have to do something,” says Frankie Hutchinson, who founded Discwoman with DJ Emma Olson and Christine Tran. “We saw that to change lineups we would have to get more control in booking, so that’s why we went into being a booking agency,” Hutchinson explained while in Detroit during Movement festival, where Discwoman were running an all-female, 15-hour show with local collective Girls Gone Vinyl to raise a funds for a scholarship to production classes at Detroit’s Music Industry Academy.

There is a concern that gender-specific lineups tokenize female DJs, but without bringing attention to the artists made invisible by the systemic under-representation of women, it seems impossible to shift the scales.

In order to counter such monolithic presentations, “we need to have the mentors, the networks, the role models,” says Girls Gone Vinyl co-founder Maggie Derthick. Hutchison says female bookings are on the increase, but looks forward to the day women are integrated into lineups rather than segregated to one showcase.”

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Female DJ's in a male dominated industry...sexist maybe?

We’ve all seen Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton’s dj-ing debut’s… and epic fails within the industry. Bedazzled headsets, “real male DJs” fixing the levels, pre-recorded sets, and sexy attire are what come to mind when most people think of a girl DJ. This not only pisses me off, but it makes it harder to be taken seriously within the industry. I know female DJs are in demand…people are tired of looking at dudes up there, but I do not want to get anywhere due to the novelty factor and the fact that I have a hot body and tits. I’ve been working hard on my skills, and although I’m not perfect I pride myself in actually having some modicum of abilities. Now, not gonna lie, I do wish pioneer made purple headphones, but I am a girl goddamn it. Just like I’ll wear a nice dress and bangin’ heels to a nice occasion, maybe I want some girly, but not obnoxious dj gear.

The funniest thing is when I talk to other guy djs who don’t know me. They act like “aww she thinks she’s a dj”…they’re like “do you use your ipod/laptop.” Then I slap them in the face with my knowledge of technics 1200’s and serato, that I know what beat-matching is, and I use harmonic mixing. Then they get scared and wallow in a corner…just kidding. But seriously, sometimes I think that if I was a girl using something like virtual dj I probably wouldn’t get as much respect. Of course any guy can dj on his laptop and be cool, but us females have to go the extra mile.

Since I’m an exotic dancer/model I’ve toyed with using that as part of my DJ show, but i’m not so sure. Do I really want to get gigs just because I’ll show my tits and i’m hot? I feel like that’s selling out, but plenty of people do that to get famous ::cough:: David Guetta ::cough:: I guess it depends how much I’m getting paid…oh boy. I can see myself selling my soul already. Totally ready for this roller-coaster through the music industry.


Girls Gone Vinyl: The Untold Story of Female DJs

-still in production, exciting stuff:)


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