The majority of DJs out there appear to be men, but women are breaking new ground in this world and they are incredible - so we need to support them! The days of male-only headliners are finally disappearing, and we're making way for the exceptional women who are producing amazing work. Here are just ten out of an entire community of women DJs kickin some serious ass in this male dominated industry!
1. The Black Madonna
The Black Madonna, AKA Marea Stamper, is a Chicago-based DJ that makes funky disco sets whilst maintaining her Catholicism. She tackles politics, bigotry, and feminism throughout her shows and continues to believe in the power music has for those minorities within our communities. Her tracks are groovy with hints of 70s dance music that'll keep you moving all night long.
2. Honey Dijon
Formerly known as Miss Honey Dijon, a New York based artist specializing in electronic techno. As a transgender woman in the music scene, she brings a unique perspective to all of her work, where she excels in producing hypnotic house beats. Her inspiration stems from her parents' love for R&B and soul, which she incorporates in her tunes. If you love some good techno house, this is your gal!
3. Nina Las Vegas
Born and raised in Wagga Wagga, Australia, Nina Las Vegas is a national treasure - having made her way on the radio station, Triple J, before branching out and creating her own record label NLV Records. She is a fun DJ to witness live, with her witty humor and country charm, any set of hers is guaranteed to be a blast!
4. Lena Willikens
An upcoming star in the DJ world, with a vast array of work on multiple radio shows and contributing to several soundtracks, Willikens is a busy bee. Based in Germany, she experiments with proto-techno and industrial boogie, constantly wowing her fans with new and exciting material. A must listen if you love something a bit eccentric.
5. Juliana Huxtable
Growing up in the New York club scene, Huxtable focuses on producing deep techno tracks that resonate in the underground rave scene. With shows that are dark and smoky and full of sweaty, raving bodies, you can't help but be mesmerized by her work. Plus she doesn't just DJ but she's an artist and writer as well, with work included in the Performa 15 Biennial at the Museum of Modern Art!
6. Nina Kraviz
A Russian born DJ that has gained critical global acclaim throughout her career. Kraviz studied at Red Bull Music Academy before going on to release her self titled debut album in 2012, where her tunes have become household party favorites. She embodies a sexual, deep house vibe that becomes infectious not only in her live performances but on her albums too. Definitely worth listening to if you haven't already.
7. Bloody Mary
With a sinister acid sound, Bloody Mary draws on her love for new wave to produce her distinct tracks. She has released several EPs and mixtapes throughout her career, continuously experimenting with her acid sound and delving further into these creepy productions. Adored by her raving fans in her local city of Berlin, Mary is performing everywhere all the time, so don't miss out!
8. Amelie Lens
Amelie Lens has sparked huge praise this year with the release of her EP Contradiction
earlier in March. Her bass dense tracks are heart throbbing from the beginning and follow through until their conclusion. Foggy vocals accompany these, giving them an almost dark mystical atmosphere, this woman challenging gender roles is a must see.
9. Nicole Moudaber
London and Ibiza-based producer, Nicole Moudaber, is a woman to watch. She has been featured by The New York Times
and even appeared at Coachella, she is a star on the rise. Her murky techno tracks are mingled with high pitched vocals to give a sound that is hauntingly immersive. She is also a huge supporter of New York's Lower East Side Girls Club, which gives disadvantaged women the means they need to pursue their love for music. She's not only a bangin' DJ but an amazing activist.
10. Ellen Allien
A woman that gained prominence throughout the mid 1990's and still sails this momentum today. Allien has created her own genre of Allien Dance, where her tracks evoke a strange alien kind of response from her underground dancers. With such a vast skill set and countless resources, Allien is always bringing something new and exotic to the table. She holds residencies in numerous venues across Europe so be sure to check her out on your next Euro-Trip.