Night Circus All Women DJ Event Video Added
When you look in the music industry, it's not hard to find women leaders. The empowerment and sexual revolution of the 60's led the way to people being used to hearing feminine vocalists and band members. But that was a start. In the 90's I listened to the likes of the Cranberries and Garbage obsessively, though there is no denying that my density of albums from the likes of male-dominant bands like KoRn, Rob Zombie, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Collective Soul (just to name a few) certainly took majority share of my CD sleeves.
In today's music industry, led by huge stars like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Adelle, Lorde, and many more prove that both the industry and listeners have matured in their representation of female musicians. In fact, the industry is monetarily endorsed to push female leads as the sales attachment can be up two-fold if marketed correctly. If it isn't an even playing field yet, progress has been made since the 1960's and will continue forever until the ratio meets a sustained equilibrium of marketable talent.
The same can not be said of women in DJ roles today. This is confounding, as most of my electronic music library has had, in some part, female inspiration (from suggestion, or influence of popularity due to taste). If women have such great taste in music, particularly in the electronic sector, then why is this not represented in more tune-spinners in said music? Is it the technological hurdles, as women have generally been brought up to be dissuaded socially from "masculine" activities such as electronic engineering? Is it a lack of trust in female leadership from a predominantly male run industry? Is it the physical barrier of up-and-coming DJ's having to kart around hundreds of pounds of speakers, mixers and musical gear, or the lack of interest in young girls of troubleshooting electronics due to their families pushing them in more "feminine" pursuits?
These questions do not need answers, they simply need action. We need to stop telling our girls what to be interested in. Music is universal language - and we can start by empowering young girls with the technological gifts of knowledge and understand by utilizing one simple idea. Normalization. Let someone dream of it and they will become it. When you look at festival headliners today, women DJ/producers are the exception to the rule. Yes, you can find The Librarian, Clozee, Nora en Pure, and even headliners like Rezz on the main stages infront of audiences, but the gap has a long way to being closed.
I am deeply in support of getting our girls up there on stage and sharing with us their craft and passion, not because I believe in a requirement of 50/50 representation, but because I know that what they have to share is not only equal to - but exceeding of our expectations. And by NOT pushing gender equality in this instance, we do ourselves a disservice by missing out on better music, better showmanship, better energy, and an overall deeper competitive pool of talent. Show our next up and coming generation that you can dream it, become it, and blow us away. All of them.