Despite it’s open and sexually diverse origins in the gay multi-racial warehouse parties in Chicago and New York, the world of professional DJ’ing and production has remained primarily a male domain. The problem simply isn’t a lack of female artists – clearly at all levels there are an abundance of women bossing the game. From Nina to Annie to Shanti to Flava D, the supposedly softer sex are out there breaking the mould weekend upon weekend. In the name of recognition, here’s a list of 5 women tipped for greatness in 2017 - they’ve caught our attention with their productions and their DJ sets and we can’t help but shout about them.
After cutting her teeth on the warehouse party scene of San Francisco, this software designer turned DJ/Producer moved to Berlin, and has since made her name in the techno scene. Her productions seem to have a sensitive outsider perspective on the tough genre, but maintain an intense driving pulse that refuses to be cornered and labelled.
Going against all traditions of the modern social media DJ, Jane Fitz built her reputation by throwing a small low key party, promoted only by word of mouth. Thump describe her as the UK’s most unsung selector, and with over 20 years of throwing parties under her belt perhaps her recognition is coming late, but she’s a queen of true underground party culture. She plays insanely psychedelic techno, amongst other sounds – you can catch her at her residency at Pickle Factory this year.
Peggy Gou is a Korean artist based in Berlin and she has stated “I want to be the first Korean female DJ that plays in Berghain”. She lived and studied fashion in London, but whilst working as a fashion editor at Bazaar magazine, she began to lean more and more towards making music. She took private lessons from Esa of Highlife Records, and after being a regular frequenter of Phonica records she released her first record via their imprint Phonica White. When she took the leap to Berlin, she confesses she promised to herself never to work in fashion again, and we’re glad she did because we love her music.
Lauren Lo Sung
Hailing from Liverpool in the north of England, Lauren Lo Sung started her own clubnight at just 18 so she could get herself regular DJ sets - she’s gradually gained the attention of clubs and club nights further afield, holding down a residency at Egg London, and Birmingham’s TRMNL. She was even invited to join Carl Cox behind the decks in his last season at Space Ibiza – big praise indeed. With numerous releases on international labels and the launch of her own e1even in the pipeline, Lauren Lo Sung is ambitious behind the decks and in the studio.
Hito became interested in deep and minimal techno after moving from her home in Japan to Berlin in 1999, catching the attention of some high profile DJ’s, namely Richie Hawtin. She has now joined him as a resident at his Japanese concept party ENTER.SAKE in Ibiza, often performing in full traditional Japanese dress to add authenticity to the event. Her DJ sets have grown more numerous and her reputation bigger, earning her a Boiler Room slot and a busy tour schedule.