Why Women Keep EDM Alive
Many people see the world of DJing and dance music as a male-dominated realm. While it may be a fact that most producers and DJs are guys, the idea that dance music is a male-dominated realm couldn't be further from the truth.
When we step back and take a closer look, it becomes more and more apparent that without the ladies, none of this could really exist.
The quality of a party is based on a very short list of requirements.
- Good music
- Good venues
- Good vibes
- How many girls are there.
Why do we need the girls to be there? It's simple: women are the most perfect thing on this planet right next to music.
Without women, it can't even be considered a party. When there is no female attendance, a party is then dubbed with the shameful title of "Sausage Fest." There has never been a good sausage fest outside of Vienna. Ever.
When girls gather together for an all-female event, it takes strategic covert operations and hush-hush communications to prevent dudes from breaching through. I honestly don't think there has ever been a male equivalent of a girls night out that was ever threatened by a large group of women who were eagerly seeking to break in.
Can you imagine if this year's Ultra Music Festival was nothing but guys? A sea of homies sitting on each other's shoulders, creating deep ties of bromance? Don't get me wrong, you can't have one without the other, and I enjoy being a male. But as far as the crowd is concerned, one is far more important...all of our female party lovers.
DJs are completely aware of this as well. For example, our beloved friend Diplo shouts out to all the ladies and plays dozens of tracks that are so blatantly made to appeal to the female audience in every single set. They are such an essential compound to the party world that they typically don't even have to pay to get in. This means the fact that they are a woman is more important than money. Let that marinate for a second.
Music alone is beautiful. The beats, the drums, and the synths; it's all so awe inspiring. But when female vocals begin to breathe through the speakers, the song amplifies meaning, compassion, and true alluring artistry.
The grace and delicacy of a female voice is so overwhelmingly engaging that even now, five of the top ten tracks on Beatport feature female lead vocals (and this is consistent every single week of every single month).
Not to mention the rise of female presence on the stage as well with marvelous artists such as Nervo, Annie Mac, Krewella, Gina Turner, Tokimonsta, Brazzabelle, and many many more who are making a statement in the music world.
I personally don't know the exact feeling of being an aspiring female producer or DJ, but I can certainly imagine that it is a bit overwhelming and intimidating given the volume of male dominance. But ladies we need you to rise to your calling. We need you to follow your heart and create what you are passionate about. Who says that things have to stay the way they are? If you've read this far, it's blatantly obvious that we NEED you. So disregard any past notions that you can't make it in the music industry because you are a woman—if anything, it's an advantage. Now go get 'em, girls!
Cover photo credit: Rukes
Article written by David Lee Crow
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