After attending the Women in Electronic Music conference presented by MusicNSW in Sydney, Australia last weekend, Talent Booker at Charades Sydney Nergal Youkhanâ started a hashtag that has since gone viral. Over the course of the last few days, professionals and fans from Australia and beyond are sharing inspiring posts about the women in the electronic music who they admire most using the hashtag #AmazingMusicWomen.
The hashtag was started the same weekend Anna Lunoe and Alison Wonderland became the first solo female artists to play the mainstage at the biggest dance music event in North America - Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas.
But this hashtag is not only about those women who are making history... it's about all passionate and driven women who simply slay at what they do - whether it's from behind the decks or at their desk,
The moral of the story is that we as dance music fans and professionals can continue to talk about how much this industry is a boys' club... OR, we can shine light on the incredible, strong, talented and intelligent women who are changing the game.
Nergal took it upon himself to shift the conversation with this hashtag and post naming his own biggest female inspiration - techno legend The Black Madonna.
"Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs some discomfort with its euphoria. Dance music needs salt in its wounds. Dance music needs women over the age of 40. Dance needs breastfeeding DJs trying to get their kids to sleep before they have to play. Dance needs cranky queers and teenagers who are really tired of this shit. Dance music needs writers and critics and academics and historians. Dance music needs poor people and people who don't have the right shoes to get into the club. Dance music needs shirts without collars. Dance music needs people who struggled all week. Dance music needs people that had to come before midnight because they couldn't afford full admission. Dance music does not need more of the status quo." - The Black Madonna
Check out Nergal's post as well as a few others below. If you're feeling inspired, share your own post using #AmazingMusicWomen! If you choose to tweet, tag @TheEDMNetwork us and we'll retweet!