Calling All Women To The Turntables
We’ve picked out our favourite 3 emerging dance crews
In collusion with International Women’s Day on March 8th, Smirnoff launched their Equalising Music campaign. They aim to double the amount of female headliners in the electronic field by 2020, after reports suggested that only 17% of dance music bookings are for female DJs.
Led by revered tastemaker The Black Madonna and afrobeats selector DJ Rachael from Uganda, the Equalising Music documentary highlights the need for ‘sparks’ — all female collectives who ignite the community and push boundaries of dance music. Fresh off the back of DICE Girls Music Day 2017, we’ve highlighted 3 sparks that you need to keep an eye on…
Members: Tash LC, MINA and Chin
Established: July 2015
Playing: Future Sounds from World Town, Afropop, Tropical House, Dancehall, Funky and Kuduro.
Changing up the game: Aware of the lack of female spaces within the dance community, the trio set up a club night under the same guise to provide an all inclusive space women and girls. In addition to this they run workshops and tutorials to encourage girls to get involved in DJing and producing.
Biggest Achievement to date: They won Roundhouse’s Rising Soundclash competition earlier in February. Beating another five DJ crews to win the title.
Members: Jess Farley, Alice Lewis, Demetra Georgiou, Liv Howarth, Lucid Stannard, Sammy Zaloumis-Steele
Est: September 2016
Playing: Underground House, Disco, Techno and some global sounds.
Changing up the game: Jess Farley & co set up Rhythm Sister to support and promote female-identified and gender queer artists. Over the sixth months they’ve grown quickly as a collective running parties and hosting free community DJ mix sessions.
Biggest Achievement to date: A handful of the attendees to their first ever mix session have bought decks and have been continuing to DJ. Meaning they’re achieving their goals of getting more female-identifying disco jockeys out there. Plus they have some curated stages at upcoming festivals this summer, so be on the lookout.
Born N Bread
Members: Abigail Jackson, Olivia Jackson, Adelaide Lawson, Chiba Wilson and Stephanie Sesay.
Est: December 2013
Playing: Hip Hop, Afrobeats, Grime and R&B.
Changing up the game: Bonded by friendship and family, these girls from South London keep it real. Zine-makers their collage laden African Tales zine, which is on to it’s third edition pays homage to their cultural heritage whilst shining a light on their home town of Peckham. Plus they host a fortnightly show on NTS radio.
Biggest Achievement to date: Organising and curating a live music and DJ event at Peckham’s Bold Tendancies. A full takeover from day to night, they’ve said it was exhausting but well worth it.