One glance at a DJ list could trick you into thinking that there are no influential female producers in the scene, but you would be sorely mistaken to assume so. Truth be told, the landscape of electronic music might look entirely different today if it weren’t for some of the most talented and powerful women in all of music.
To neglect the impact of women in electronic music history is to ignore a large portion of the history as a whole, and this article is dedicated to the women of the present and future who continue to push boundaries and advance electronic music into the great unknown.
With the coolest nickname of the bunch, “Female Gesaffelstein” and Niagara Falls native, Rezz, has a dark, underground sound that’s astonishingly mature. This self-taught producer lists Deadmau5, Pretty Lights, and, of course, Gesaffelstein as some of her biggest influences, but it won’t be long before a plethora of artists start listing her as one of their biggest idols.
When asked about working in a male-dominated industry, the advice Rezz offered for other female artists is to, “stay focused on your vision, and don’t let anyone or anything sway you from living your dream.” Her new EP, The Silence Is Deafening, released on mau5trap, and can be streamed below:
Whether or not you know the name, you’ve likely heard a tune from Nora En Pure. With a transportive sound that feels like endless summer on a tropical island, the Swiss-based South African blends elements of Deep and Tropical House with beautiful piano and string instrumentation to solidify herself as one of the true talents of the electronic music industry today.
Blissful, serene, and mesmerizing are words often used to describe her sound, but check out her music below and decide for yourself.
London-based Maya Jane Coles is nothing short of a Queen in the Deep and Tech House scenes. MJC first started her music producing career in Hip-Hop at age 15, and she began learning how to mix vinyl at only 17 years of age!
With more than ten years of music production experience across multiple genres, Maya has already made the kind of mark on music that most producers can only dream of. Trust us, your favorite Deep and Tech House producers admire MJC, and it’s time you hop on her bandwagon as well. Be sure to check out her music below:
This native of Sydney, Australia manufactures sounds unlike anything you would traditionally expect from a producer who specializes in Hip-Hop, Trap, and Future elements – and for good reason, as Alison Wonderland is a trained cellist and former bass player.
With a youthful yet sophisticated and developed style, she will continue to impress you the more you listen to her works. Masterful remixes and impressive originals already fill her resúme, but we have a feeling that Alison is only getting started. Check out her music for a glimpse into her abilities.
You’re late if you don’t already know Mija and the crew she runs with. Los Angeles-based Mija earned a spot with Skrillex’s record label, OWSLA, with her fluid Hip-Hop, Trap, and House-influenced sounds, and she only seems to be getting better by the day.
She burst onto the scene after playing a surprise sunrise set with Skrillex at Bonnaroo, and if you have a chance to see her in either a club or festival setting, she’s spectacular in both. We guarantee she’ll make a fan out of you by the end of her set.
Russian Techno savant, Nina Kraviz, grew up listening to jazz and psychedelic rock, and those influences still hold true in her productions. Never one to only be a one-trick pony, Kraviz earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine, and learned her supreme love for Chicago House and Detroit Techno while working as a journalist for a Russian music magazine, just in case music didn’t work out.
We think it’s safe to say that music has worked out very well so far for Kraviz, as her hypnotic, stripped-down, intimate sound continues to impress fans around the globe.
Techno master and legend in the making, Nicole Moudaber is every bit as fascinating and captivating as her music. Exposed to hypnotic tribal rhythms while growing up in Nigeria, Moudaber has always loved the sound and feel of drums. When she’s not passionately fighting for justice and equality for people of all groups, Moudaber owns her own record label called Mood Records, and radio show called In The MOOD.