DJ Equality: EDM Stars Explore the Genre's Lack of Female Representation
This past weekend, Alison Wonderland and Anna Lunoe made history as the first solo females to the play the main stages at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. It's a big step for gender equality in the electronic world... and one that is long overdue, since the fest started in the early '90s.
We leaned into the notoriously bro-heavy culture of EDM and asked some of its superstars about the lack of female representation and changing the "boys' club" of the scene. This Fuse Original talks with the likes of Wonderland, Paul Oakenfold, Nicole Moudaber, Dada Life, Ferry Corsten, TJR and more to get their perspectives on the issue.
Alison may have put it best when approaching the subject: "I get asked a lot, 'How do you feel being a female DJ in a male-dominated industry?' and I always answer, 'The fact that you called me a female DJ answers your question.'"
"It's always going to be harder for a female DJ to come up in a male-dominated world, as with any job," Olle Cornéer of Dada Life adds. "That's, of course, a problem. And I don't like the answer, but I think females just need to work harder to get the appreciation. It's not fair, but unfortunately that's how it is."
Fortunately, DJs do see a change coming, particularly in the bass, techno and underground world. One thing everyone can agree upon, though: There needs to be a renewed dedication to the cause and lots more hard work.
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