Women in electronic/dance music

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no not vocalists, no not DJs, i'm talking about the ladies with the balls (or at least just willingness and enthusiasm) to get on the synths, samplers and sequencers to actually PRODUCE the stuff - playing the notes, programming the drums, Eq'ing etc. (i class that as production rather than just standing next to the engineer nodding eagerly). here is where we list em

first that come to mind are:

Sister Bliss - i think she's a trained pianist and she's been intrinsic in production duties for Faithless alongside Rollo

Leila - i dont enough of her stuff sadly but i assume she produces it herself (?)

Marusha - mrs westbam but i'm sure she took control of production when it came to her own tracks...

details on Andrea Parker would be good...and just more of an insight into the level of musical input the female artists have in this kind of music would be useful.

stevem (blueski), Friday, 22 November 2002 16:59 (eighteen years ago) link

kelly hand.

michael wells (michael w.), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:05 (eighteen years ago) link

Saskia "Miss Djax" Slegers

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:07 (eighteen years ago) link

Lady Dana
Lisa Lashes

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:08 (eighteen years ago) link

Although it's quite difficult to find female producers who don't DJ as well.

DJ Astrid

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:09 (eighteen years ago) link

Charlotte "Lottie" Horne

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:14 (eighteen years ago) link

talk about them and what they do if you can - are the tracks they produce actually any good?

who's kelly hand?

the others are all primarily DJs...i'm looking for actual musicians in the electronic field

stevem (blueski), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:24 (eighteen years ago) link

Miss Shiva
Monika Kruse

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:26 (eighteen years ago) link

Most male producers in electronic dance music are DJs too. And come to think of it, I can't name any non-dance producers at the moment...

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Female ones, that is.

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:37 (eighteen years ago) link

**Riz Maslen a.k.a. Neotropic is one of the few good women producers in electronic music...she's also a DJ and works on scores for independent films..check out her album "La Prochaine Fois",or her back catalogue on Ntone...definately check.
**Mira Calix -has released some quirky electronica (on the now rapidly disappointing(duh)giganto label monster that is WARP records)...maybe her style is a bit "undeveloped"
**Le Tigre is a fake thrashy/poppy/electrodisco/postpunk/lesbian/NYC girlgroup kinda band who,honestly,verge too much on the side of "indie" or "ex-rockers go gimmicky death-disco"-band to count as "electronic music",and their music is *really* bad too and WAY stupid,but..hey,they use synths!!..and samplers!! wee!!..;)
**and,of course,the now-defunct,infamous glitzy glam-disco death-electro silly poppy electronica of Blechtum from Blechdom..who,despite their stagenames Kevin and Blevin,both were girls..((check out "Haus de Snaus" on Tigerbeat6))and,as a small bird whispers in my ear,still perform with different,but musically similar,solo projects..(caught Blevin live this year,it was well worth it for the show alone IMHO)..
**...oh,i think there are more out there..just don't remember their names now...more later..

Liv, Friday, 22 November 2002 17:39 (eighteen years ago) link

broads of canada

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:40 (eighteen years ago) link

the reason for this thread is that whereas you get female guitarists, drummers and keyboardists in pop and rock groups (altho obv its still severely male-dominated) you do not seem to get a fraction of as many women who just want to make electronic music which is even more male dominated and still regarded as a cold, hostile domain in general, at least when its not including dance music

what i'd like to see are more female engineers as well as female equivalents of Basement Jaxx and the like. maybe its not that relavant but havent you wondered why the girls tend to just want to dance to this stuff rather than actually MAKE it themselves? is it all just down to stifling stereotypes?

stevem (blueski), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:44 (eighteen years ago) link

I was trying to research this last year for an article, and hit some very blank walls. There's iosolated chicks, but not many. Erm... oh, what was that girl I saw recently at the Arts Cafe? Printed Circuit? She's the only one that really springs to mind.

Here's an odd reason that will probably be shouted down (by myself) due to sexism. The very nature of dance music/electronics is the idea of one geek, alone in the bedroom twiddling knobs. (or up in a DJ booth twiddling knobs.) Geeks - women in the minority. Knobs - OK, I've just been looking at Barely Legal Teen Boys so I'm gonna steer clear of that one. But the way that women approach music is a communal thing, women often prefer to write in partnership, so the solo bedroom twiddling thing is not the preferred option. I'm too full of sugar to hone this into a fully formed opinion right now, but does anyone else know what I'm getting at?

It's just the way that I've seen women work when they create music, from having worked with so many of them...

kate, Friday, 22 November 2002 17:50 (eighteen years ago) link

"Lady Dana" van Dreeven: hardcore (gabber) and hardstyle DJ/producer. This years track "Ladies First" might be the most violent and over-the-top gabber tune I've heard in years (I'm sharing it on slsk by the way). As for her "proper" producing skills, well, that's difficult to say since that style isn't exactly challenging for any producer.

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:51 (eighteen years ago) link

this is now making me think about what the male producers do themselves. i just remember this argument i had with someone about Beyonce's credit on the last Destiny's CHild album which i took automatically to mean 'oh she just chipped in with ideas about how things should actually sound, she didnt actually MAKE the sounds' and i'm always of the persuasion that the role of producer should include generating the music yourself to a major extent - with engineers adding their input at the later stage. is this right/fair? is this how an act like Basement Jaxx work themselves? you can envisage someone like Squarepusher doing practically EVERYTHING himself for example, and i think it would be a really cool thing to see someone that just so happens to be a woman working along the same lines, making similar music

stevem (blueski), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Peaches. And let's not forget Bjork.

Tag, Friday, 22 November 2002 17:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Sister Bliss can play around 6 or 7 different instruments. She does all the fiddly tech studio work and says herself that Rollo has the grand vision, but has less to do with the actual making of sounds.

Miss Kittin does some producing.

Meat Katie for breaks.

Making electronic music is often a lonely and anti-social process, no other band members, much less interaction with your audience. It's not just that it puts off a lot of women, but is does seem to attract a particular kind of boy (yes, boy, not man)

Anna (Anna), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:55 (eighteen years ago) link

This doesn't match my perception at all: I feel as if there are far more women in electronic music than in other genres. Even just here on my desk there's stuff by Takako Minekawa, Peaches, Chicks on Speed, Mira Calix, Nuriko Tujiko, and Swim with the Dolphins.

Anna, I am insulted.

nabisco (nabisco), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:56 (eighteen years ago) link

yeh thats the thing with people like Lady Dana, Miss Djax and even Lisa Lashes. its not that difficult to make that kind of thing and so it was probably a relatively easy process for these women to break into it compared to trying to get recognition as an electronic musician/producer like perhaps Mira Calix

i think kate is actually onto something in that boys are often brought up to believe its 'correct' for them to be interested in technology and want to sit in their bedrooms on their computers whereas this doesnt seem to happen with girls by and large

stevem (blueski), Friday, 22 November 2002 17:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Clara Rockmore, down since day one.

original bgm, Friday, 22 November 2002 17:58 (eighteen years ago) link

i dont think Bjork's input into how her stuff sounds is any greater than Beyonce's actually - sure they both know music and they know pop or whatever but they're not producers in the musician sense right? neither is Madonna, thats why she and Bork especially always recruit someone like William Orbit, Mirwais, Graham Massey or Matmos to create the music

nabisco makes a fair point - there are many female renegades in electronic music, but out of the ones she listed Peaches is the only one having any kind of modcium of commercial success...so the issue becomes more why cant women in electronic music be perceived as a commercially viable thing?

stevem (blueski), Friday, 22 November 2002 18:00 (eighteen years ago) link

re Bork, i really dont know where the letters sometimes disappear to in my posts

stevem (blueski), Friday, 22 November 2002 18:00 (eighteen years ago) link

interesting about Rollo and Sister Bliss too - i'd always assumed he did more of the music-making...he is of course a talented producer in his own right (Dusted, the old Rollo club tracks credited to just him) as is Sister Bliss

stevem (blueski), Friday, 22 November 2002 18:02 (eighteen years ago) link

Anna, I am insulted

I didn't mean it as an absolute statement, honest. Just, generally ... anyway, you're only 25, don't sell your youth down the river young man.


*runs and hides, ha!*

Anna (Anna), Friday, 22 November 2002 18:08 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't know what everybody in the Rollo/Sister Bliss team does, but the engineering and mixing of most if not all their tracks are credited to either Goetz or Grippa (whoever these may be).

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 22 November 2002 18:17 (eighteen years ago) link

...boys are often brought up to believe...

The nature vs nurture debate starts now!

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 22 November 2002 18:19 (eighteen years ago) link

i dont think Bjork's input into how her stuff sounds is any greater than Beyonce's actually - sure they both know music and they know pop or whatever but they're not producers in the musician sense right? neither is Madonna, thats why she and Bork especially always recruit someone like William Orbit, Mirwais, Graham Massey or Matmos to create the music


blueski, she co-produced post, homogenic and did most of vespertine herself. talk to ANY of her collaborators and they'll tell you she has extremely well-defined ideas as to how she wants the music to sound; if anything, her weakness is as an engineer, NOT as a producer/musician.

an across-the-board first impression consensus from collaborators past and present is that she's much more involved (ie. in terms of sheer detail -> the 'musician' bits) than they ever would have expected. (i mean, bear in mind she attended the reykjavik music conservatory from 5 to 15 and has been recording since 11.) so to dimiss her perceived input as on par with beyonce or madonna (onetime professional bjork piggybacker!) is a tad dismissive, and probably reflective of the bjork as kook mentality that she's admittedly brought upon herself...

mark p (Mark P), Friday, 22 November 2002 18:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Barbara Morgenstern!!! (on Monika records)

jel -- (jel), Friday, 22 November 2002 18:48 (eighteen years ago) link

I think Bjork does have a significant input (>75%?) into the music on her albums, she's just happy to share credit and loves collaborating.

All her albums sound like her and it's not just because of the voice. I've seen her on TV programming a laptop and using and SU10. I think she can probably writes scores to an extent.

No ones mentioned Nic Endo so far who does (or did) a lot of stuff for ATR, live she must be making 50% of the sound. I've seen Alec Empire with and without her and without her he was rubbish. Her replacement on that occasion was a man. Nic also has sole albums.

Le Tigre are fantastic!!!

How much does Missy Elliot do? She's usually credited with co-production I think, but it seems easy to assume she does the words and Timbaland the bleeps. Does she make the music too?

meirion john lewis (mei), Friday, 22 November 2002 19:11 (eighteen years ago) link

I forget the woman's name from People Like Us, but that's one, right?

hstencil, Friday, 22 November 2002 19:42 (eighteen years ago) link

I forget the woman's name from People Like Us, but that's one, right?

hstencil, Friday, 22 November 2002 19:42 (eighteen years ago) link

Great, no-one has mentioned Ellen Allien, so now I can. :) Stadtkind = a wonderful album.

Omar, Friday, 22 November 2002 19:48 (eighteen years ago) link

One of the members of Dat Politics is a woman - when I saw them live two years ago their policy on banging things seemed equal opportunity. Don't know about production, though.

locus solus, Friday, 22 November 2002 19:53 (eighteen years ago) link

Solex, Nicola Kuperus from Adult, Margaret Fiedler from Laika, DJ Rap/Charissa Saverio (Spiritual Aura stills sounds fabulous), Kemistry + Storm (Kemi Olusanya RIP)

stevo (stevo), Friday, 22 November 2002 20:24 (eighteen years ago) link

There might be relevant info here.

Honda (Honda), Friday, 22 November 2002 20:26 (eighteen years ago) link

'Spiritual Aura' is credited to Engineers Without Fears so i dont think Severio was solely responsible - great track tho. i figure she had Beyonce-style production involvement on her later stuff too (Bad Girl. Good To Be Alive etc.)

stevem (blueski), Friday, 22 November 2002 21:19 (eighteen years ago) link

noone's mentioned Printed Circuit yet have they?
okay-ish feature in ctcl by one of them from electralene about 'electrrrronica'.
my friend irene has written/is writing a fanzine 'women in electronica'.
the first: Delia Derbyshire - dr. who soundtrack and other stuff

s magnet, Friday, 22 November 2002 21:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Andrea Parker, if memory serves me, is sort of electro, lots of rilly deep bass, in an alternately spacious/claustrophobic downtempo environment, though her DJ Kicks is electro-heavy. On her album proper, she even sings, and pretty well too. It's a little samey, though.

Leee (Leee), Friday, 22 November 2002 22:15 (eighteen years ago) link

Ive only got into hardhouse stuff but women seem to be fairly common at most residencies. As for producers I think Lisa Pinup does some of her own stuff, theres a few on this agencies books, dunno really much about that side of things.


Siegbran or Steve have you ever seen Phil Reyonds play a set? What do you think of him?

Kiwi, Saturday, 23 November 2002 00:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Keven Blechdom &
Blevin Bectum

dsico (dsico), Saturday, 23 November 2002 06:08 (eighteen years ago) link

Maryanne Amacher.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Saturday, 23 November 2002 08:31 (eighteen years ago) link

the late, great and sadly missed lee newman from > 1

vicky from people like us

and.... the godmother of the whole shebang - bebe barron!

stirmonster, Saturday, 23 November 2002 08:35 (eighteen years ago) link

That dude from the Chemical Brothers.....

Ronan (Ronan), Saturday, 23 November 2002 12:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Ronan I heard they cut the hair and it's actually a man although its still hard to tell behind the tinted specs.

Honda (Honda), Saturday, 23 November 2002 12:26 (eighteen years ago) link

And the other guy has yet to comment on anything ever.

Ronan (Ronan), Saturday, 23 November 2002 12:36 (eighteen years ago) link

(it would be horrible if they somehow found this thread and thought I wasn't a massive fan)

Ronan (Ronan), Saturday, 23 November 2002 12:36 (eighteen years ago) link


Tom & Ed, Saturday, 23 November 2002 17:23 (eighteen years ago) link

Fernanda Porto: tho she got the fame from the DJ Patife remix, i think she produced her album all by herself

Chupa-Cabras (vicc13), Saturday, 23 November 2002 18:24 (eighteen years ago) link

Anjali. Great stuff.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Saturday, 23 November 2002 19:56 (eighteen years ago) link


Haven't heard it but this should be of interest here.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 7 August 2016 10:03 (four years ago) link

laurel halo?
olivia block
bonnie jones
andrea neumann
anne guthrie

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Sunday, 7 August 2016 14:23 (four years ago) link

i did listen to the late junction thing but i don't remember it being particularly special. website does contain the following howler though:

Delia Derbyshire & Lisa Stansfield
Circle of Light Part 2
Circle of Light (Original Electronic Soundtrack Recording). Trunk Records. 2.

complete with picture of Lisa Stansfield... (it's meant to be Elsa Stansfield)

there was an episode of LJ recently that had a female Buchla player on it, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith with a great, almost unbelievably coincidental, Suzanne Ciano annecdote. She also asked for the bbc to supply her with an ems polysynthi for the session, thinking they hadn't a chance in hell of finding one...


koogs, Sunday, 7 August 2016 18:01 (four years ago) link

I really enjoyed this retrospective that was doing the rounds last year. Ruth White's "Flowers Of Evil" is a fantastic discovery.


Pheeel, Sunday, 7 August 2016 18:27 (four years ago) link

Is that the one that was reissued on creel pone recently? About the witches? Yes, good.

koogs, Sunday, 7 August 2016 21:48 (four years ago) link

i am appreciating how electronic music history listacles are finally reaching parity


Milton Parker, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 06:47 (four years ago) link

with that one it seemed like it was taking an affirmative action approach to gender parity

sarahell, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 17:20 (four years ago) link

nine months pass...

Just realized Barbara Morgenstern's work on "Sweet Silence" record is reminiscent of the band Insides, particularly a track like "Relentless".

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:36 (three years ago) link


In the 1960s, though, Oram was taken up with her own invention: the Oramics machine. She had encountered a Cathode Ray Oscilloscope – which shows a visual image of sound waves – during her BBC training. Why not reverse it? If you paint in waves the ‘shape’ of the sound you want to hear on 35mm film, determining the pitch, vibrato, timbre and so on, scanners can read and convert that into layered sound. It was, in essence, an early sequencer – and more advanced than those that initially would become available in the 1980s.

The idea of a ‘graphical music’ system consumed Oram. It typifies her view of electronic music not as a soulless, mechanically-controlled thing, but as organic, human and joyously imperfect as any other music. “It’s quite a democratic view: on something like the Oramics machine, you can just draw,” points out McArthur. “That gestural interface means all people become composers, conceivably, which ties back into her philosophy which says that, at a molecular level, we are sounds. We are all made up noisy atoms and vibrations – sound is at the core of who we are. I find that really inspiring.”

In 1972, Oram also published her manifesto (of sorts): An Individual Note of Music, Sound and Electronics. It is a deeply odd but fascinating work. Oram may explain how, say, electric circuits work, but will then go on to use them as far-reaching analogies for the human body and psyche. Much of it would prompt scientists to snort, but there’s compelling conviction and playful imagination in her ideas. She considers humans as instruments, featuring “a whole spectrum of resonate frequencies which are never at rest, never in a steady state, but are vibrant with pulsating tension” – right down to our very cells and atoms.


Oram was only 23 when she wrote Still Point. A wildly ambitious piece, it predates equivalent experiments by the likes of Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The piece is a sort of warped call-and-response between the orchestra and 78rpm records, using turntables and microphones to live-manipulate the sound. Its long-delayed debut was hailed as a triumph, Oram’s visionary take on electro-acoustic composition finally unleashed.

i n f i n i t y (∞), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:55 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

there are so many dope female producers and DJs right now

list your top x

mine would be

stellar om source
helena hauff
laurel halo
amelie lens
jayda g
d. tiffany
charlotte de witte
black madonna

pretty sure i'm forgetting someone dope

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:38 (three years ago) link

not ms owens, i'm not so enthused about her work

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:45 (three years ago) link

Beatrice Dillon
Marie Davidson
Lena Willikens
Avalon Emerson
Shanti Celeste
Karen Gwyer
Iona Fortune
Solid Blake

paolo, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:49 (three years ago) link

Jlin is probably my top electronic/dance producer right now

paolo, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:50 (three years ago) link

nidia minaj
Kaitlin Aurelia Smith
plus what everyone else said

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 1 September 2017 19:52 (three years ago) link

oh yeah jlin!! and KAS!!!

both SUPER dope

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:53 (three years ago) link

don't know nidia minaj - dj or producer

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:53 (three years ago) link

beatrice dillon's side of the split cassette she did w/ ben ufo is super sickkkkkkkkk

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:54 (three years ago) link


i saw her DJ on a rooftop in LA and it renewed my belief in the power of techno

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:54 (three years ago) link

avalon emerson YES

i think i need to check out k gwyer

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:55 (three years ago) link

i know she has been mentioned earlier, but only in passing.
after her mo'wax trip hop album, andrea parker then went totally into the bass music scene.
set up the label touchin' bass, and released some insanely fantastic stuff.
the 3 'nobodys perfect' mixtapes that she released via TB are worthy.
and for her own productions, she released a rather wonderful compilation, 'heres one i made earlier' that compiled stuff she made with david morley.
summary : tis all rather wonderful.

mark e, Friday, 1 September 2017 19:56 (three years ago) link

nidia's a producer, run don't walk

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 1 September 2017 19:57 (three years ago) link

yeah andrea is a real trailblazer, i loved her mo'wax stuff (especially ballbreaker / some other level)

i kind of checked out after awhile because i was tired of classicist electro bass, but i remember "freaky bitches" w/ dj assault was pretty sweet

is she still active?

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:00 (three years ago) link

as long as we're talking about trailblazers, i first heard "freaky bitches" on WEISS.MIX by ellen allien

what a classic

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:01 (three years ago) link

andrea parker still incredibly fresh sounding almost 25 years later


the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:03 (three years ago) link

weiss.mix remains a total jam. i should beef up my collection of her work, i see all of her CDs at Amoeba on the cheap now.

nomar, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:05 (three years ago) link

Elysia Crampton
Zora Jones
Abyss X
Coucou Chloe

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 1 September 2017 20:05 (three years ago) link


i literally know none of those producers

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:06 (three years ago) link

andrea parker's dj kicks is also a total jam

the late great, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:07 (three years ago) link

Inga Copeland

paolo, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:16 (three years ago) link

Nidia Minaj is great, Principe Discos crew


change display name (Jordan), Friday, 1 September 2017 20:17 (three years ago) link

is she still active?

she pops up on the radar from time to time, but she is not that active.
she once went up a mountain for 6 months i.e. the label/music is not the top groove for her these days.
and yes, the david morley collabs are fantastic.

mark e, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:20 (three years ago) link

Peggy Gou rules

brimstead, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:46 (three years ago) link


Inga copeland
Marie Davidson
Keren gwyer
La vampire
Maria Minerva
Nina kraviz
Laurel halo

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 1 September 2017 20:46 (three years ago) link


brimstead, Friday, 1 September 2017 20:48 (three years ago) link

Oh yeah and willow, who has been mentioned. She's the best

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 1 September 2017 20:49 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

been enjoying a bunch of amelie lens, sama and charlotte de witte sets recently

||||||||, Saturday, 29 February 2020 10:16 (ten months ago) link

enjoyed chloé lula's set on hör berlin yt too (which looks like it was recorded in a toilet? iunno)

||||||||, Saturday, 29 February 2020 10:18 (ten months ago) link

Wow this thread sure tells a story

Jeff W, Saturday, 29 February 2020 10:45 (ten months ago) link

yea a very bad one. the op ... jfc

marcos, Saturday, 29 February 2020 14:26 (ten months ago) link

whoa, this thread started back when blevin and jon l were in a band together ...

sarahell, Sunday, 1 March 2020 18:00 (ten months ago) link

and when i used to book their band on the reg

sarahell, Sunday, 1 March 2020 18:01 (ten months ago) link

two months pass...

what the heck


Milton Parker, Thursday, 21 May 2020 06:01 (seven months ago) link


sarahell, Thursday, 21 May 2020 18:26 (seven months ago) link

Fortran Hero

come out you melts and bams (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 21 May 2020 19:29 (seven months ago) link

so rad

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 21 May 2020 19:35 (seven months ago) link

remember last year when nina kraviz was racist and k. hand went to bat for her on twitter? that was weird

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Friday, 22 May 2020 01:01 (seven months ago) link

seven months pass...

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