It’s no secret that the electronic dance music genre has exploded in popularity over the past decade. Originally derived from late 1980’s and 90’s, what started off as a collection of underground, disco influenced warehouse gigs has expanded into a world of mainstream festivals and top tier DJs. This success has transformed EDM into of the most lucrative markets in the music industry today, but that’s not without a few shortcomings. The lack of female representation in today’s dance music scene has left a lot to be desired, and has even been a subject that has come under fire by fellow artists and festival representatives alike. That being said, while female producers may seem scarce on the surface, there are more than a handful that are out there making their name behind the turntables as we speak.
Here are six women who we believe are dominating the EDM scene right now, in no particular order:
This Sydney based producer, singer, and classically trained cellist has been on our radar since she originally appeared on the scene back in 2014. From her first hit down to her newest album “Awake”, Wonderland manages to pack a punch with her unique blend of pop and heavy electronic beats. In addition to her eccentric mixing style, Alison also graced the stages of larger tier events such as California’s annual Coachella festival, of which she made history as one of the top billed female DJs. Wonderland is currently on tour in support of “Awake,” with stops scheduled across the globe, including this years Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium. Alison has proved herself to be an unstoppable presence in today’s EDM scene, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Also hailing from Australia is producer and vocalist Anna Lunoe. During the electronic music boom Lunoe paved her way through in her early days with her excellent track selections and charismatic presence behind the decks. This eventually lead to time on the airwaves as host for her own BBC1 radio show, “POWERHOUSE”, and landed her opening slots for notable electronic acts such as A-trak, Diplo, and Flosstradamus. Lunoe also spurred awe among her fans when she even headlined her own POWERHOUSE curated event at Coachella while 8 months pregnant, and closed out with one of festival’s most buzzed about sets. Her signature “playful yet refined” songwriting style and tireless work ethic earns her a spot on our list.
Self-described “Club Kween” and “dance-floor decolonizer”, New Jersey based producer Cherise Gary definitely lives up her name with her bold, high energy songs. Under the DJ name UNIIQU3, Cherise found her inspiration from her early days spent at NYC’s GHE20G0TH1K parties, and quickly worked her way through her city’s underground club circuit with her eccentric and glamorous energy. Her sets are a stand out with their fearless incorporation of various genres ranging from Juke, Hip Hop/Trap, Jersey/Philly/Baltimore Club, Moombahton, and Reggae. On top it off, Cherise also cuts in her own rap flows in her mixes, which add an extra kick to her beat. So far, UNIIQU3 has taken over stages at Coachella, Holy Ship, and will be making big moves at this year’s Ezoo at Randall’s Island, New York. We can’t wait to hear what the future holds for this Jersey Club Monarch!
When it comes to DJing, Caroline Cecil, better known by her producer moniker Whipped Cream, is a bass force to be reckoned with. With her unapologetic presence and her heavy, genre smashing mixes, this vancouver based artist is a powerhouse when it comes to representing a woman’s voice in the industry. The producer first made waves in 2016 after multiple features on on Skillex’s NEST HQ and major plays across North America including Shambala festival and Space Yacht in Los Angeles. Along the way she has gained support from notable artists such as Madeaux, Josh Pan, and Hucci, leading the way for numerous remix opportunities. Cecil’s latest hard hitting single, “Drag me” is out now, and she is scheduled for several more festival dates this year including Boston’s Gud Vibrations Boat Party and HARD summer. We’re definitely expect to hear more great things from Cecil in the near future.
Producer Jennifer Lee, AKA Tokimonsta, is a pianist turned DJ hailing from the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Her knowledge of classical tunes is what allowed her to explore more textural soundscapes when creating her own music via the use of the percussion, digital manipulation, and live instruments. Through her original creations, she has managed to fuse the boundaries between vintage and progressive sounds and incorporate them into her own intricate blend of electronic music. Since emerging on the scene Lee has been featured on various media outlets such as BBC1, NPR, DJ Mag, and Pitchfork, all while gaining the approval of fans across the coast. Her latest album, Lune Rogue, has earned widespread praise from critics and features collaborations with artists such as Jessie Ware, Anderson .Paak and Kelly Rowland. Lee is set to continue her musical ventures this summer at events Lightning in a Bottle and Summer Camp.
Ontario based Isabelle Rezazadeh (Rezz) discovered her love for music at an early age and found a passion for electronic music after having snuck into local Toronto nightclubs as a teen. Rezazadeh first picked up DJing once she turned 16, and quickly found her niche in making darker, more minimalistic productions. She began releasing a few of her songs online, and it wasn’t long before her tracks caught the attention of Skrillex’s NEST HQ and eventually Deadmau5’s own label, Mau5trap. Musically she has been compared to that of Trent Reznor and Gesaffelstein, and her pitch black, psychedelic style is what sets her apart from the rest and has landed her spots at Electric Forest, EDC, and even her own self titled “Rezz Rocks” festival. Not to mention, her signature LED goggles are also pretty dope as well.