A recent Forbes study has named the world’s ten highest paid DJs, and once again not a single female artist makes the list. Undervalued, underappreciated and underpaid, some of the world’s best still struggle to achieve the recognition they deserve as they come up against a music industry where patriarchy remains ingrained and gender inequality a disastrous norm, and whilst the likes of David Guetta, Martin Garrix and other EDM superstars are richly rewarded for their beige brand of dance music, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to be this way at all.
Seeking to turn the tables and praise some of our favourite ladies of dance music, we’ve picked out five female acts who deserve your full attention over the autumn months. Here are five of the very best DJs set to ply their trade from September to November.
Saturday 9th September / Bloc, London
Krankbrother Present Margaret Dygas
Few DJs maintain a groove quite like Margaret Dygas, whose complete control over her audience can make five hours of intense minimal techno feel like a tireless five minutes of bliss. Never stepping anywhere near anything remotely boring, Dygas’ selections are captivating, immersive and relentlessly strange, making her the perfect DJ for those silly times in the morning.
Saturday 30th September / Store Street, Manchester
The Warehouse Project & Floating Points Present
Rinse FM star Josey Rebelle has been partying in her mind for years, refining her skills whether surrounded by masses of people in a club or alone in front of the decks in her bedroom. A soulful character, she’ll pick from everything between disco and garage, with plenty of house and techno excursions drawing attention as she shows why she’s so highly regarded in the capital. Check her latest Rinse mix, which we named out TA Mix Of The Week.
Saturday 28th October
IN:MOTION / Just Jack Halloween
Up there with the best techno DJs around, Steffi appears alongside Panorama Bar colleague and partner Virginia at Bristol’s Motion, offering the pair a chance to show why they’re two of the resident selectors that light up Berlin’s most notorious club.
Friday 29th September / Kent Showground, Maidstone
The Social Festival
Saturday 25th November / Store Street, Manchester
The Warehouse Project || Knee Deep In Sound
Cassy plays techno with a real sense of soul behind it, having been raised on jazz at her home in Austria and let her musical education take place under the influence of a diverse range of artists. Moving into dance music in the 90s, Cassy quickly became immersed in a variety of styles, eventually moving to Berlin to continue her musical education alongside the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Zip, Tobias and Swayzak. Residencies at Panorama Bar, Rex Club and Trouw have since followed, so little more need be said about her quality as a DJ.
18th November / Store Street, Manchester
The Warehouse Project || Feel My Bicep
Feel My Bicep’s night at The Warehouse Project is absolutely littered with female talent, with Avalon Emerson, Or:La and Jane Fitz all appearing, but it’s Canada’s Jayda G who makes it into our top picks list. A selector whose love for her tunes negates the need for flawless mixing, Jayda G is as enchanting to watch as any DJ out there, not least because all of her tunes are spectacularly bumping. Not afraid to drop a party classic every now and then, Jayda is one of the best feel-good DJs around.
Photo courtesy of Jayda G
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