5 Female DJs and Producers Every EDM Fan Should Keep in Rotation
With techno titans like Tiesto and Above & Beyond continuing to dominate year-end lists and summer festival lineups for decades, there’s no question that the EDM scene tends to be an international boys’ club. However, any crate-digger who’s done their homework will confirm that women have been shaping the industry all along. From Ellen Allien to Anna Lunoe, here are 5 female DJs, producers and taste makers that every dance music fan should definitely keep in rotation:
01. Maya Jane Coles
The British artist releases music under multiple pseudonyms: she uses her birth name for punchy tech-house tunes, whereas Nocturnal Sunshine is reserved for her deep dubstep-leaning tracks. She also has recorded not just one, but two stunning BBC Radio 1 Essential mixes. Her unique approach to electronic production is at its darkest and most nuanced in “It’s Alright.” Watch the video for that 2015 Nocturnal Sunshine track here.
Mim and Liv Nervo, AKA NERVO, were only 18 when they first signed with a major label. The Australian twins started their career together as models. They’ve written and produced songs for Kesha, Steve Aoki and Miley Cyrus among others. The female DJ duo is behind the Grammy Award-winning David Guetta and Kelly Rowland collaboration “When Love Takes Over.”
In 2015, NERVO teamed up with Kylie Minogue, Nile Rodgers and Jake Shears on “The Other Boys,” which you can watch out here.
03. Nicole Moudaber
Nicole Moudaber got her start promoting some of the first dance music events in Beirut, Lebanon in the mid-90s. The Nigerian-born artist has reigned supreme as the queen of dark techno infused with deep house and tech house.
The taste maker continues to influence dance music on a global level with her own label, MOOD Records, as well as her podcast, “In the MOOD.” Listen to part of her Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) set from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2016 here.
04. Ellen Allien
The Berlin artist known as Ellen Allien has been a major influence in electronic dance music since the early 1990s. Her career’s beginning coincides with the rise of Berlin’s techno scene. The experimental techno DJ has been producing music, organizing parties and curating her own imprint for longer than most. However, the BPitch Control label lead shows no signs of slowing down.
Her Soundcloud is stacked with her most choice cuts both old and new, including a number of extended festival mixes. Her industrial techno DJ set from the 2015 edition of Portugal’s Festival Forte is worth a download; give it a listen here.
05. Anna Lunoe
One of the newer female DJs to join the scene, Anna Lunoe established herself as a tough contender in the male-dominated industry in 2012 with her debut EP Anna Lunoe and Friends. “Bass Drum Dealer,” the title track off her 2014 album, sums up her genre-bending approach to production and demonstrates her slick vocal abilities pretty well; listen to it here.