By Billboard Staff
Dance music has no excuse for being a boys' club.
Though they don’t always get their due in a patriarchal industry, there’s no shortage of talented women who can hold their own behind the turntables. From seasoned veterans to rising stars, here are 15 female DJs you can’t afford to be clueless about.
Alison Wonderland has come a long way from her start as a classically-trained cellist: in 2015, she hit the top of the Dance/Electronic Albums chart with Run. The full-length showed her versatility – she writes, produces, and sings – and her eclectic taste in collaborators: Lido, The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne, and AWE all contributed. The lead single from the album, “I Want U,” has amassed nearly three million plays on SoundCloud and another six million on Spotify.
Anja Schneider has engaged with multiple facets of the electronic music scene. She learned to DJ while working in radio, and eventually her long-running “Dance Under The Blue Moon” show spawned Mobilee Records. The imprint has gone on to release important records from Maya Jane Coles, Pan-Pot, and others, while Schneider has pursued her own career simultaneously, putting out her debut album in 2008 and turning in a stellar entry the Essential Mix series.
Hailing from Australia, Anna Lunoe is a skilled DJ, producer and singer who has previously supported the likes of The Weeknd, Disclosure, and M.I.A. The Los Angeles resident has also become a staple at HARD events, from Destructo’s Ship 2 Ship tour and Holy Ship to the recently announced Go HARD Tour...
Cover photo by Rasha Mosa