When it comes to the music industry, the attitude towards females can be just as exclusive as it is within the tech industry. Certain genres, such as EDM, can have a “Boys Only” mentality that makes it hard for female artists to make a name for themselves. Contrary to this popular belief of men dominating the scene being at the turn table or DJ-ing as they say, Vh1 Supersonic brings to you a number of renowned women DJs to showcase the girl power at the colossal of dance music lovers this December in Goa from 27th to 30th. Click Here for the full line-up.
Starting out in the mid-2000’s, Australian sisters Mim and Liv Nervo made their name by writing smash singles for artists like Ke$ha and Kylie Minogue, remixing superstars like Katy Perry and Thirty Seconds to Mars, and joining forces with David Guetta to co-write his Grammy-winning “When Love Takes Over.” They quickly built upon that experience by releasing music under their own name, NERVO, alongside some of the biggest producers today including Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero and many more, while tearing through arenas across North America on the Britney Spears / Nicki Minaj Femme Fatale tour.
Now, one of the most sought after acts in dance music, NERVO, can be found balancing their rigorous worldwide touring schedule while working on their debut album that soaks deadly-catchy melody into the loud, dirty beats that set apart their brand of progressive and electro-house. These multi-talented DJ dynamos are the all-time top-ranking female DJs in the world, voted by their millions of fans to No. 24 on DJ Magazine’s influential 2015 ‘Top 100 DJs’ poll.
Ida Engberg started DJing hip hop and soul aged 14 after a boyfriend showed her how to mix. While at a friend’s bar aged 18 his regular DJ called in sick. Ida talked her way onto the decks on the proviso that if it wasn’t working after half an hour she’d get off again – by the time she’d finished playing she’d secured her first weekly residence. Ida honed her mixing skills and bagged her second residency through more fortuitous timing – working as a host at a big nightclub, Spy Bar, she stepped in for the errant resident DJ who’d had a skinful and promptly disappeared, leaving the dance floor in silence. The owner immediately changed her job description to DJ, and put her in the main room, kicking off her proper DJ career.
Ayah Marar is a name the entire dance music community is talking about right now. If you know about dance music, you’ll know about her.
Dubbed ‘The Queen of UK Bass’ she is currently on an amazing 6 month roll that has seen her release singles on Ministry Of Sound, Hospital Records, and now for the very first time on her very own HUSSLE GIRL imprint.
‘Mind Controller’ sees her finally set up shop in her hybrid world of dance music and pop.
Her finest remix package to date includes dubstep’s new boys Cutline pick up where they left off with the incredible UKF release ‘Runnin’. The mix has already had several plays from Mistajam as well as picking up over 250,000 youtube views within 2 days of going up online.
In a big country where the house music scene was completely dominated by male artists, the soft-spoken DJ Pearl has always lets her vinyl speak for itself. She has pioneered the cause of electronic dance music across the Indian subcontinent. This commitment to EDM led her to be one of the co-founders of ‘Submerge’, India’s premier electronic music party which serves as a platform for upcoming DJs in the country and also responsible for bringing down some of the world’s finest DJ talent. From a humble beginning five years ago of a few hundred fanatic clubbers, Submerge now hosts weekly nights across all the major cities in the country and can now boast of a nationwide community of loyal members.
DJ Nirupama belongs to the ensemble BLaNK, which is a three-piece band from Chennai formed in 2010. The other two members of the band are DJ Skip and DJ Manny. They are one of the official DJs of Submerge and MTV, and have performed at the 2011 edition of Bestival in England, playing to an audience of 55,000 people.
Their philosophy of Open Electronica music, covers genres like deep house, tech house, techno, progressive, and break beat, fused with battle style trickery, the earthy tones of live instruments, classical Indian influenced melodies, and exclusively produced customized cinematic visuals. All these elements come together for a potent combination of sound and visual design, constructed to dominate the dance floor. Nirupama, being the flutist and the vocalist for the ensemble, plays a vital role in their music.
So, are you ready for the ‘Girl Power’ at this year’s Vh1 Supersonic 2015?