A storm of women in electronic music has become a full-blown movement over the past two years. While the likes of Nicole Moudaber, Maya Jane Coles and Anja Schneider have become resolute DJ and production icons, plenty more are following in the same footsteps, right to the top. While 2016 has shown continued success for women in electronic music, here is a list of some artists to keep an eye on, as they bash glass ceilings over the coming months.
If you know house music, then you’ll know Sam Divine. A worldwide DJ for the past decade, Sam is a house connoisseur with an incredible knowledge of the genre. She has a reputation as a party starter, with an in-built ability to hype any crowd. Having stormed into 2015, performing at We Are FSTVL, South West 4 Festival and countless clubs in Ibiza, Sam is securely on a worldwide domination mission. She is also the host of the Defected Radio show, which is presented every week, it’s no surprise that she has millions of listeners tuning in across the globe. The show is the No.1 House music podcast on iTunes in the UK. You can catch Sam playing at The Arch in Brighton for Take on July 16
Lauren Lane is an LA based artist who cut her teeth as a DJ on the New York House scene. In 2015 she played some of the world’s best clubs and festivals such as DC-10, Warung, Coachella, The BPM Festival, Decibel and Rio Music Conference to mention a few. Throughout her career she’s DJed regularly with some of the best and most talented artists in the industry. She released her debut EP ‘Cool Kids’ on Nic Fanciulli’s Saved Records. She has also released through Eats Everything’s new label Edible, finding herself become one of the most popular women DJs not only in the US, but also in Europe. Lauren is set to take Ibiza by storm this summer, performing at Jamie Jones’ Paradise party alongside Detlef, John Digweed and Matador.
Ida Engberg, Swedish bombshell and partner of fellow Techno powerhouse, Adam Beyer, can often be found teaming up together on the road under his mighty Drumcode imprint. Ida began her career when she was 18. After filling in for another DJ, she got a regular spot on a night before going to work at the Spy Bar – one of Stockholm’s most famous clubs. From that time she has worked with Roger Sanchez, John Dahlback, Sebastian Ingrosso and Eric Prydz. She was also a resident at the Cocktail Club in Stockholm. She has gone on to become one of the biggest Techno DJs in the world, performing at some of the biggest festivals and clubs in the world, including Berghain, Fabric, Space, Coachella, Awakenings and Amnesia. On Saturday 16th Ida will be performing at legendary London club Ministry of Sound, performing back-to- back all night, alongside husband Adam Beyer.
Lauren Lo Sung is known for her dub techno sound, entwined with grooves, breaks and impeccable bass lines, influenced by the intricacies of Chicago and Detroit House. The warm textures and ascribed complex layers of sound still keep true to her roots with that underground feel. Lauren’s career is fuelled by the success of her established club night LOLiFE, which launched in 2009 and has so far been held at various venues across Manchester, Liverpool and London. It has showcased a number of cutting edge artists including Jordan Peak and Samu.L amongst others. In 2012 LOLiFE was elected as an official clubbing partner of Manchester’s finest ‘The Warehouse Project’. Ministry of Sound will play host to Lauren Lo Sung, alongside Los Suruba on Saturday 23rd July.
Last but certainly not least, Leeds based Annie Errez makes the cut within our top 5. Following guest spots at various clubs in the UK, Annie became a resident DJ at the Mint club, in 2008, where she has since cultivated her own style and sound, and, more importantly, learned the craft of the warm up DJ. Here she has been fortunate enough to share the decks with some of the best in the world as she has developed her knowledge and skills as a DJ. In the last few years’ invitations to play further afield have followed, making appearances in Berlin, Barcelona and Birmingham. She was also listed in FACT magazines ‘Top 100 most underrated DJs’.
Not only a DJ, Annie has proved her worth as a producer, with released through Huxley’s Saints & Sonnets, Holic Trax as well as an EP out through her own imprint Strobewax. Shortly after she was welcomed into Steve O’Sullivan’s coveted Mosaic Split Series with prevalent track Discovery Inn turning heads across the UK and beyond.