8 Badass Females You Should Listen to on International Women's Day
International Women's Day is a yearly celebration of women's social and cultural achievements. Although the day is only recognized once a year, we've hand selected 8 female DJs whose bangin' beats you can blast every day of the year.
1. Anna Lunoe
Bass drum dealer, Anna Lunoe made waves when her first big hit ‘Met You’ took over the festival circuit. As both a producer and vocalist, Anna Lunoe has been invited to play shows with the likes of Disclosure, Duke Dumont, AC Slater, and more. The future looks bright for this Sydney native.
2. Maya Jane Coles
As one of the most coveted touring DJs, Maya Jane Coles started teaching herself to DJ at the age of 17 by first mixing vinyl. Fast forward to 2013, and the London prodigy released her first large body of work, Comfort on her own label I/AM/ME. Since then, Maya has been a regular in Resident Advisor polls and continues to take her unique house-vision to clubs and festivals all over the world.
Rezz is a new-comer on the scene, having only started producing music in 2013. Boasting an endorsement from Deadmau5, Rezz released her second EP The Silence is Deafening on Deadmau5’s mau5trap label. With a strong tour and festival schedule for 2016, Rezz has a promising career before her.
4. Nina Kraviz
Nina Kraviz is one of techno’s most mysterious female DJs. Hailing from Russia, Nina Kraviz comes from a family of avid music collectors, which is apparent in her live sets that feature everything from minimal beats to acid house. 2015 saw Kraviz become the highest ranking female DJ in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 list, at number 20. With a BBC Radio 1 Residency, and her branded трип (trip) showcases, Nina Kraviz is one of dance music’s heavyweight DJs.
5. Hannah Wants
Hannah Wants has been bringing her unique mix of bass house to the masses, scooping up the title of Breakthrough DJ by DJ Mag in 2014. The UK native also launched her own brand ‘What Hannah Wants’, which includes an almost completely sold out 2016 UK Tour.
7. The Black Madonna
The Black Madonna has been making waves in the international house scene with her penchant for slinging disco records until the early morning. As a long-time resident of Chicago's infamous Spy Bar, she has built a name for herself not only with her thumping tunes, but also as a vocal social activist. The Berghain regular made her RA Top 100 debut at #35 in 2015, proving that she is a rising tale.
8. Ellen Allien
Born and bred in Berlin, Ellen Allien is no stranger to the underground techno scene. She first became a force in the music industry in 1999, when she first became label boss of BPitch Control. Since then has built a career with residencies in Ibiza’s famed DC10 nightclub, her own fashion line, and a busy touring schedule. Ellen Allien is an inspiring figure of what women all can achieve in the music industry.
Born and bred with the Detroit techno scene, I pledge my allegiance to the underground.