This year has seen women continuously do better in the music industry, and it’s incredible to witness such a powerful plethora of female-identifying artists, DJs, industry professionals and more becoming the forces not to be reckoned with. We’re celebrating those individuals, by talking to a selection of them about what International Women’s Day means to them, the women that empower them and the best thing about being a female in what is a male-dominated industry. We Went In Conversation with LaLa. Dilemma, Sweetpea and A.Fruit to see what inspires them…
What does International Women’s Day mean to you, if anything?
"Anything that encourages woman to come together for i'm ALL in."
"International Women’s Day is a gathering of beautiful women worldwide. I love the fact it’s a global focus, a day for all of us to feel empowered together and bask in female energy. It’s a day to remember and acknowledge all the women before us that have fought for women’s rights, equal pay and gender equality."
"Of course, it’s a moment to celebrate all the amazing women this world has seen, but also a reminder of all those who we may never see because of the oppression of their gender. It’s also a good way to remind everyone of the women grafting because there’s no shortage of awesome women in this scene!"
"IWD looks like a great occasion to show love and respect to women around you one more time, to say thanks to them and make them feel useful for men and other women."
Who do you cite as your female inspirations within the music industry and why?
"Every single woman doing their thing in this industry is an inspiration. Pushing the music scene forward and making way for the next generation of women to come through and feel confident to have a go at music. Certainly, outside of the DnB scene, the likes of Annie Mac, B Traits, Honey Dijon, Black Madonna, Nina Kraviz, Peggy Gou and Barely Legal who are headlining events and festivals are fundamentally important for scene, by seeing these women essentially ‘at the top’. Within the DnB scene no doubt Storm, Kemistry and Flight are big inspirations to me. These women were the first women of DnB and pathed the way for us."
"Nina Kraviz is the epitome of female empowerment in electronic music for me. She confronts you with her womanhood, challenges you with it. Amy Jayne of Shogun Audio is a rude boy too, and of course Kyrist, who is helping pave the way for women in DnB everywhere."
"All the women who are working hard in the music industry are quite inspiring and cause the desire to give а respect. Because there are not many of them at all, or we just don’t see everyone.. However, from underground bass music scene I’d mention girls from Rupture LDN and EQ50 collective, ATTAGIRL! Crew from Singapore, my lovely friends from Worst Behavior Recs (NY) and all my female DJ friends from Russia."
"I'll be celebrating at my what seems like life long residency at Fly in Edinburgh DJing alongside OR:LA - I don't think i'll be celebrating anything in particular just appreciating the fact that women actually have a national holiday that should do nothing but encourage us to support each other/build each other up. Another reminder & hopefully something we start implementing into our day to day life not just on this one day!"
There’s always a lot of focus on the negative issues surrounding identifying as female within the music industry, what - in your opinion - is the best part about it?
"The solidarity! The DnB community is close-knit as it is, but the female DnB community stick together like glue. They know how hard it can be so they get behind you, pick you up when you’re down and are fanatically supportive."
"The best part about being female in the music industry is seeing it grow, seeing all the new women coming through, seeing women posting mixes, female producers, female promoters, seeing pictures enjoying themselves at events and festival stages. There’s always been a lot of women in the scene, but I think finally now they are making themselves known… and people are taking notice. It is also great when women come together, we all want the best for each other and want to push each other to our utmost potential. Some women in the scene have been such a great help for me in my musical journey personally and professionally."
"The fact that year by year the industry is improving and gender is no longer the main focus - I think the day we are looked upon as just talented not women is something to strive for - and no longer an impossible goal."
"The best part is when you see people who really care and who do somethings to make the situation better, not just talking."
What can male identifying peers or allies do to make the industry a better place for women and non-binary folk?
"Include and support women in all that you do, not just on International Women’s Day. Support without pigeonholing."
I think more than anything men should not feel threatened by women. We love music and the scene just as much as they do. It shouldn’t make a difference what gender we are.
"It’s not a man bashing feminist movement its equality... giving women (who are just as good) the same opportunities that males have."
"Not to hesitate working with women, support them if you like what they do and see their sincere desire to develop."
"Something like Destiny’s Child Independent Women is a quite cheesy but I will pay respects to the late Keith Flint. The Prodigy – Out of Space"
"Move This Way - Kyrist & Document One. Straight up slapper, reminds me that women can smash it no matter how hard it gets!"
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