There has long been a disparity with gender in the electronic music space. However, according to the 2021 IMS Business Report, the gap is finally starting to close—albeit at snail speed.  

The annual data collected by this private company analyzes its findings through the lens of Google Search volume generated by DJ Mag's "Top 100 DJs" list. This year women had a slightly stronger presence on list, which is traditionally dominated by men.

While the polarizing list has often come under scrutiny for ranking key figures in the industry at low slots, the fact that more and more women are being nominated by the public is a key indicator that we are seeing a shift in support. The latest iteration saw 13 female DJs listed—including five newcomers—which is up from eight in 2019. Earning the top spot for the ninth time was NERVO at #20, with Charlotte de Witte next at #32.

It's interesting to note the incongruity in representation across different countries. Leading the charge with the highest percentage of female artists was the Netherlands at 11%, with Germany and Spain not far behind. The U.S. ranked 8th with less than 5%, as measured by Google Search volume.   

Recommended Articles

Kygo

Kygo's Palm Tree Crew Lifestyle Brand Launches Suave Summer Essentials

Palm Tree Crew and PUMA are bringing a new luxury flare to golf in a high-profile partnership.

covid safe ticket belgium

Belgium Launches "Covid Safe Ticket" Program for Live Events

The system uses QR codes to distinguish whether event attendees have followed the testing and vaccination guidelines necessary for entry.

ISOxo

ISOxo Stuns With Furious Single "Aarena" On RL Grime's Sable Valley Label

ISOxo once again demonstrates his appreciation for dark trap sonics, this time in a solo capacity.

IMS Business Report 2021

Screenshot from the 2021 IMS Business Report 2021 regarding female representation in EDM.

While these insights are positive in a sense, the sheer lack of representation is still abundantly clear. Even in 2020 women still only account for 4% of the demand, according to the IMS report. There are numerous op-eds, films, and podcasts covering this disparity, such as the brilliant Underplayed documentary.

Though numbers from this recent study prove we are moving in the right direction, there is still much more progress to be made. In the meantime, check out our monthly "Synth Sisters" series to discover and celebrate brilliant women producing electronic music.

Related

lQiHYOPA

DJ Mag Announces Weekly Livestreams in Honor of Top 100 List

From this weekend until mid-September, the dance publication will host livestreams on Saturdays and Sundays.

UltraPlur

Is There Anything More Ridiculous Than PLUR?

The Prophet looks into the past, present, and future of PLUR to share his visions of the dance music movement.

General woman dj

Less Than a Quarter of UK Music Festival Performers Identify as Women, Study Shows

While strides have been made up over time, women-identifying artists still make up less than 20% of the lineup at events like Isle of Wight, Trnsmt and Wireless.

charlotte de witte

Charlotte de Witte on Sexism and the 'Female DJ' Paradox: "It's Incredibly Frustrating"

The Belgian techno superstar opened up about the negative connotations of the term in a new interview.

Life is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful 2021 Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

The lineup for the autumn Las Vegas music festival will be announced next week.

59e51755e709bb36a070aa44-L

Can You Still be a DJ Today Without Being a Producer?

Is DJing a dying art in modern dance culture? A look at the scene and how it's changing.

F3E3CA43-2AC8-4034-BD7D-86E03773235A

Investing In His Own Future, Richard Lowe’s Stock Is Rising

Breaking Through is a conversational series highlighting the stories of rising dance music artists.

bwca_2

Woodstock 50 Lineup Is Officially Out, But Kaskade Isn't Here For It

Woodstock seems a little less interested in the counterculture in 2019