Monday, June 21, 2010
























I was reading one of my computer/electronic music nerd alert magazines today and I noticed that every one of these acclaimed electronic producers is male.
I realized that the electronic music scene is almost completely male-dominated. While there are some notable exceptions to the rule, there's definitely a shortage of female voices in the various sub-genres of electronic music.
In fact, when I Googled female electronic musician producer, DJ Myshell was the first person that came up:



















I'm not denying the strength of the cowboy hat/Juno look, but we need a lady-led revolution in the scene, girls making ill breakbeat hardcore, wobbly dubstep basslines, 20 minute psybient epics.

For that matter, in general, if anyone is doing music they want to share, feel free to post links in this thread.

93 comments:

Mia:) said...

Dude. :0 That's kinda freaky... I never realized that...

I used to make crap-tastic songs on Garage Band at my grandma's, and at most I would hook up a keyboard to it and record it... so I don't having to contribute here. :P

The Sky Will Fall said...

I do guitar covers of Zelda themes. So whoop-di-do for me.

Logan Winter said...

This is true. There really aren't to many female electronic Artists. I mean the Only Artist I can think of is Lights. But she's kinda the same popy sound of Owl City. I can't really think of anymore.

iFallMute said...

Hey, this is a remix i did of Nine Inch Nails' The Big Come Down.

http://soundcloud.com/ifallmute/big-come-down-isnt-that-what-you-wanted

I dont really have a lot of time to do this at the moment but when i get the time i will start making stuff again

Laura.

AbsentOfGrace said...

Jade, you just made my little feminist heart smile :)

But really, not just this music scene, but nearly all music scenes. Sure, we've got a few awesome ladies in the alternative punk rock (or whatever genre you wanna call it) music scene but I wanna see more girls on guitars. Girls on guitars playing sick breakdowns. This is my dream.

Until then, I'll continue living with my Tegan and Sara discography.

Crimson Butterfly said...

wow i wish that i can be like that but i cant because i'm not that good,the only thing that i am good at is playing the violin,little bit of guitar(not a whole lot on it),draw,wirte stroies and lyrics,and sing(mostly other peoples work that also includes the instruments)i hear more of the female elec is in ddr(dance dance revolution) like this song from BeForU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nYUt0dfzR0&feature=related or this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlH-LkvdOo8&feature=related or even this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ95vHy19CQ&feature=related thats where i hear some of the female elec but one of them i'm too sure then again i'm not too sure of anything anymore

Panduh Zombie [DF] said...

I know this isn't techno, but I want to promote my boyfriend's band called Swamp of Shit.
myspace.com/swampofshit

http://www.mediafire.com/?dmfymtmo2gw
^^^^^
Three way split with Swamp of Shit, Cum Commando, and Explosive Diaria

Jonathan said...

Jade is the reason why I got a synth and a guitar. So this is my plug: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6tWRrAKxms

Jabey said...

Funny you bring this up now. A friend of mine just got into University to study this. She's quite excited about it, and we were discussing this the other day.

As for music, this is another friend of mine. Before they moved out of my province, I was quite involved with the band.

Ever Changing Weather:

http://www.myspace.com/everchangingweather

xblaqkxrabbitx said...

I don't really have anything constructive or valuable to add.
I just thought I'd leave a comment stating that I agree, there is a need of more female power!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Our band Avalons Diary is an Acoustic/alternative duo from Brisbane the is all female =]

http://www.myspace.com/avalonsdiaryofficial

Have a look if you want. The recordings aren't so good but would love some feedback

Thanks
x

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the multiple posts =/
My bad
x

xCrystalXChaosx said...

http://www.myspace.com/christinecarter

Anonymous said...

Wow. So seldom do I hear a male musician lament male-dominated music. Another reason why I love you to add to the already long list.

Al said...

www.myspace.com/fayesarmsmusic


Thank you - Al

138store said...

myspace.com/atourheels

for fans of mid era AFI, The Nerve Agents, Trap Them, American Nightmare, and Converge

Jack said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GD8jXzP1aw
recording is iphone quality
also the mic got switched off for a while becuase the PA got splashed with water but hey : /
also other vids are trash/not serious
should have more up after soon

Saige said...

hey Jade!!! did you hear about the tornado in billings, Montana? totally BLEW the roof of the Metra, one of the rare cool things here. The entire Heights are a WRECK. it's horrible :( your blog is one of the things that make it a bit better :) laughter is the best medicine. :D. Ah, how are you doing? Munch? Marissa? The Band? Everyone else? Ah, I might as well stop my big rant. Anyway, hope your having fun on tour! I wish i could see you guys! It's totally on my bucket list to meet you! Hopefully one day I can cross it out! Blog soon *laughs at cheap pun*

dj rae said...

I was a dj in high school (djRae) and wish I could still do it as a hobby. Unfortunately, I don't have the cash to buy the equipment. So I'm left to dream about it..

black_dust said...

All Male? Your not looking hard enough Jade.

Mrs Jynx (planet Mu)
and Cybo (http://soundcloud.com/djcybo)

Pretty much rule your eardrums

Mike said...

I need some Blaqk Audio!!!!!!!!

burntumberfire said...

Hmm. That's a good point, but for instance there's Ladyhawke, who does sort of 80's electro mixed with stuff like guitars so maybe she'd count? As far as I know she composes the music for her songs and has a penchanct for synthesizers.

Susieeeee said...

There's Lights. She's like the Canadian/female equivalent of The Postal Service. But it's hardly a revolution...

OH! And Now, Now Every Children. They're like a keyboard-led band who sound a bit like a mash of Death Cab For Cutie and Tegan & Sara. And 4/5 of them are girls. Definitely recommend those guys.

Emilie Autumn may also count. But those three are very much bordering on nowhere near what I think you mean, so y'know.

As for recommending stuff, I do some crappy acoustic guitar stuff on youtube, but it's bad to the point where it's not worth me linking to it. But you should listen to Straight Lines; they're a rock band from South Wales, and they've got a pretty awesome unique vocal sound going on. myspace.com/straightlines

Chris said...

Yeah the only artist I can think of is Lights

Jayko337 said...

AWESOME!!! Myspace.com/jakearthurinvert :)

I read That magazine too!!!! I also read MusicTech and sometimes future music. :P Computer Music Really got me into making music.

Just a Bystander said...

You make a fair point. I've recently taken a liking to listening to the female voice, rather than a male one, and as my father stills lives in the 80s, and I adore a lot of the music from that era, I checked out his vinyl collection for female artists. All I got was Cyndi Lauper. My internet search fared better, and I discovered a wonderful female industrial artist called Emilie Autumn and an interesting australian sister pop/ electronica duo, The Veronicas. My search continues though...

http://www.myspace.com/emilieautumn
http://www.myspace.com/theveronicas

Alyssa said...

well THATS unfortunate. I don't have much to say other than that I agree completely. I sorta kinda do stuff like that but I'm a tad bit of a failure... So. Yay world. Electronic is awesome and I truly hope girls start appearing more.

Jessica Catoptrophobia said...

I never saw Juno. My brother and my cousin Maiko did though. They loved it. I could not get past the preview. It looked lame. Oh yeah I never watched the whole preview. hmm yeah I think you had that whole juno thing down a few years ago huh? Have a good one, you rock

helen099 said...

jade, are you going into the A & R business?

(btw, how come all the men on the magazine are fully-clothed, and the one woman you found is naked, for all i know?

what there is a lack of in the music industry is not women, but fully-clothed women. ;) )

♥♥

Anonymous said...

I fall on my face while trying to create any music. I can't even play my violin and I was in a school class for four years. I is such a fail DX

Lars said...

Does Electric Valentine count? lol

Jordan said...

I mess around on FL Studio from time to time, but I don't really have much to show for it. (yet)

I've given this observation a good deal of thought as well. Most other genres of music (even Metal for frickssake!) have begun to see a greater diversity amongst performers. Another valid point tp consider, where are the females behind the scenes? One doesn't see many female roadies, guitar techs, sound people, producers...etc.

lemonade sweetheart said...

Between the cutesy haircuts and the subject matter of most popular alt rock bands I'm generally really curious about what those dudes have to say about feminism/gender politics, but it's not something that comes up a lot.

Anyway, they're probably not what you're talking about but I'm always eager to shoehorn Ladytron into any conversation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h14WVFoZobM&hd=1

Anonymous said...

Love Signals we are out of LA/Orange County Area. The link is myspace.com/adigitaldecade. ENJOY :)

Emme said...

boy that's is one Hot female dj... and she plays (i wonder if she plays here in vegas; I gadda google her. It is odd that more male are pulling and sporting on an electro keyboard and on that note I wish I PAID a little more attention in band class N not stare aimlessly out the window... Good thing I can some what still read music N i do luv music Passionately. Let's hope my MiniDiva (daughter) doesn't follow in my footsteps and play somethiN worth banking on **wink wink**

folkedforlife said...

One of my favorite bands is Electric Valentine. Female singer and a dude playing the keyboards and whatever else. They're from Huntington Beach, I believe.

The Sky Will Fall said...

By the wayyy, HAPPY FUCKING BIRTHDAY TO YO BROTHA :D

Cassii said...

you uuse too many long and confusing words Jade. Dumb it down a little bit.

Brandon! (stupidartpunk) said...

Check out Adult http://www.adultperiod.com/ and Dethlab http://www.dethlab.net/ they are both Detroit local electronic artists with strong females!

Brandon! (stupidartpunk) said...

Check out Adult http://www.adultperiod.com/ and Dethlab http://www.dethlab.net/ they are both Detroit local electronic artists with strong females!

Tabor Strange said...

It's sadly true. Boy bands seem to have a higher stance in the music industry. Even when I see girl bands, I expect a either Pop or Indie sounding music. Hey Anybody want to start an all Girl-Band with me and ripe this truth apart?

The band, The Like is a great all girl band.

Anonymous said...

www.myspace.com/tarekkasmi

New song: http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=batch_download&send_id=876528009&email=e648551ad611083a47707a6895d91ffc

Very good quality, well-structured alternative/pop songs. Enjoy

Cat said...

Not gonna lie, this made my feminist heart jump for joy.

It has always been my theory that there needs to be more ladies. Because they are awesome. They need to show some of these dudes how to do it.
Most of my favorite female bands broke up a long time ago, like Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. I keep hoping the fine SK ladies will make some more music together. I would fly anywhere, anytime to see them again. I'm that ridiculous.

Mia said...

I'm a girl, and I try my hand at electronic/midi stuff and industrial weirdness...but it's all on a computer with no internet, so I can't share! XD
Very good point to bring up, though. I just wish there were more women in the scene that made heavier, darker music...it's all verging on pop it seems like. :(

Emily said...

It's fantastic that you acknowledged the gap, but it's not that we need a "lady-led revolution," as if girls just aren't getting off their asses and doing it. It's men who need to make the scenes more accessible to women, whether it's electronic or punk. There are tons of existing female artists who aren't getting the recognition they deserve because men are shown as the forefront and given more respect and taken more seriously. That's what we need to change.

AJ3! said...

I have a few songs by me and other artists I've produced that I'd like to call quite catchy, not to mention good electro.

The first song I'm going to post is one that I wrote, produced and performed called Sweetest Poison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-My6p2sfpw

Second, here's a song produced by me, but written and performed by my friend Zack Stunnin called Criminal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpR407EvMY4

Finally, here's a song written by a friend of mine, but produced and performed by me, called My Electronic Heart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmddVpVk__k

I hope you view them and I hope you enjoy. :)

Anonymous said...

Japanese electro band Capsule.

Your welcome ;)

Anonymous said...

this is true. but there are many outstanding females in the metal music scene. like the vocalists of iwrestledabearonce and in this moment. both women are veryy talented :)

Nicholas said...

My band! Though... not electronica..

http://www.myspace.com/mylesblack

Chris said...

Jade,

Most females in electronic music are solely dj's from what I've seen. Very rarely do they produce. Having spent a large portion of my life in the rave scene the ones that come to mind that have produced are Jen Maas, Forest Green, Reid Speed and Heather Hart. I'm sure there's more though.

chaoskitten[DF] said...

Someday maybe I'll add to the electronic world. :)

I listen to a few artists that have female members/singers. Strictly electronic/industrial:
-Angelspit.
-Ayria.
-The Birthday Massacre (I know they're technically a rock band, but they use 80's style electronica in their music)
-God Module (they have a female member who sometimes sings)

If you don't listen to any of them, check them out :) Ayria toured with VNV Nation a while back.

There definitely should be more :/

There's lots of rock bands with females but the world of electronica/industrial needs to catch up.

Does Lady Gaga count? :)

chaoskitten[DF] said...

OH!

Eurythmics!

Can't forget them! Annie Lennox is a girl!

I'm sure you've heard of them however..... :)

Elizabeth said...

i do have an electronic band , we'll play in a few days in a famous place of Buenos Aires .
About the link , i'll try to upload a few songs to our myspace account and i'll post the link tomorrow so then you can hear it , we'll have to work in a new real web site ..
but like my grandma used to say : ''de a poquito '' , little by little ....

Anonymous said...

Jade, please wish your brother a very very HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! He's soooooo cute (of course, he's your brother) that I could lick his face right off.......... Love, Deb13

Elle Marchant said...

You're so right. I think it's mainly because when people think about singers, they think of women. And when they see a female person in music they think (mainly men, I guess) "*sarcasm* Oh, WOW, a woman who sings. Never seen one of THOSE before." They turn women away because they think that all women are born with the ability to sing (SO not true). This in turn intimidates girls from the music scene, more often than not.

We definitely need a revolution where all women just decide to take over the scene for themselves. Show them men how to REALLY do it (no offense).

Danielle said...

Hey Jade
I play guitar in a small band in Australia called MFS and AFI is my inspiration I saw you guys in February it was great. We just started out and have a few songs together, but l agree with you l'm a girl but l don't see a lot girl guitarists.
Check out our facebook page if you want to:)
Thanks
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=178877&id=100000743083903#!/pages/MFS/108554165850218?ref=mf

MillieDarko said...

www.myspace.com/fakingjane

crappy and old as hell recordings but it's all I've got on the internet :/

books_and_coffee101 said...

I really wish i knew how to do remixes... as for now i just think up music videos XD

Anonymous said...

http://www.myspace.com/sullenriot

These are some pretty rough demos we recorded about a couple years ago. I can't really throw us in any sort of genre, per se... but the perfect description would be straight up punk n' roll.

I'm a female drummer, for this band if that counts?? enjoy! :D

emiiiieeee said...

Jade, do you know why the extra stuff on Sing the Sorrow wont work?? for the last how ever long i've had Sing The Sorrow i've been trying to work out how to make it work. and it doen't :( please lemme knopw how to view it :) it would help a lot. thanks :DD

Anonymous said...

http://www.femalepressure.net/

Christopher Henry Stoppiello said...

I definitely appreciate this sentiment. It's certainly all over prominent in this music scene but there are women to be found in electronic. The Knife and Crystal Castles are the first that come to mind.

neither me nor my band mate are women but my girlfriend has provided us with some violin on a track. does that count for something? I think you might dig us:
www.soundcloud.com/maeraki

Much love

Anonymous said...

myspace.com/xxballingxx check it out its me and my bro we got some illllll beatz n soundz comin your way. you're in for a very pleasant surprise. turn da sPeAkAz all deee wayyyyy up.

Charlie. said...

I've noticed that myself Jade, and though I'm a far stretch from a feminist it drives me up the wall. Part of what makes me want to get my music out there is for that very reasons. I do a strange combo of industrial/electro and folk/punk. Think NIN meets VNV Nation meet Against Me!

But of course, that brings up another interesting thing. I'm a 19 year old girl and almost all the people that inspire me are male. I have my exceptions but very few. You yourself are quite up there on that list. I obviously can't speak for what it's like for a man to have this...I don't know would call it. Artist Gender Confusion? Something like that. But I've always found it morphs you're sense of self and the comfort you have with your own abilities. I'm a girl who's always called a lesbian because I look up to male artists and yes, I try replicate them and their work. Thus I end up "cross dressing".

Sorry for the odd ramble dude, felt you might understand. Don't get to talk about it much. So now I completely missed the point, I might todle off before I make more of a fool of myself.
Much respect dude, seriously. Appreciate it.
xx
Charlie.

XxDarkRosexX said...

I'm working on it!!! Just cart seem to find a guitarist XP I'm actually working on getting my mom to get me lessons, but I'm kinda old for that. So I'm stuck with a synth beat and vocals... that's it.

Michelle Parasole said...

I am working on electronica music actually.. so far I made a very sick beat for a song and it is a pretty catchy beat i must say. it's in the works, Jade! <3 I do however enjoy the singer LIGHTS at times, but she's more electropop.

Scott said...

listen to some Crystal Castles. Great chick singer

Aaron Carlisle said...

Well...According to the last time I checked I'm not female. I've been kinda dinking around with electronic music trying to find a unique 'ish sound.

www.myspace.com/projektpurity

Blaqk Audio of course being a huge inspiration. Hope ya like Jade!

P.S. When you were in Salt Lake last fall you threw your first guitar pick and it nailed me dead in the nose, rolled down my shirt, and got lost on the floor somewhere. I think I had something like half a concussion. Have you thought of pitching in pro baseball when you aren't melting our faces off on stage? =)

Caro said...

I'm currently going to school for music production. I love playing with different genres... and I have some of my music up on

http://www.myspace.com/caromantic

feel free to check it out and let me know what you all think. I recorded these songs when I was about 18. I'm 25 now, and they were rough demos. Hope you enjoy

Pat said...

Hi there,

if you're looking for female producers you should check out NIC ENDO (http://www.myspace.com/nicendowhiteheat). She plays with Alec Empire and Atari Teenage Riot, but produces some great electronic music as a solo artist as well (from Noise to Minimal to Dark Wave).

Kind regards
Pat

Hyro said...

If you don't mind, I do some progressive house stuff, here are some links:

http://soundcloud.com/xhyrox/colours-hyros-tech-remix

http://soundcloud.com/xhyrox/goldfish-2010-re-edit

follow the white rabbit said...

Hi Jade

My band doesn't have a female in it, but at least we put a nice picture of a woman on the cover of our EP.

You can check it out: www.myspace.com/surrendertosomeday

or download the whole EP for free at http://surrendertosomeday.kicks-ass.net/

It's not electronic, it's rock.

I'm not really that familliar with electronic music, but Brody Dalle from The Distillers made my heart sway. WOW! :)

Jose said...

Jade, I gave Davey a copy of our 4 song e.p. whenever you two were on loveline last (I'm always there when you're scheduled to appear). Anyway, we're in the process of mixing and mastering our full length with Paul Miner at the moment. I'd love to give you a copy of that, once it's finished, if I could ever run into you somewhere in LA.

We're also available to tour (with AFI), or open up a show in California if you'd be inclined to having us. We demonstrate the same energy live such as AFI has been doing so for many years now.

www.myspace.com/thereturners13

xblaqkxrabbitx said...

Hey Jade,
I've just seen the track listing for the Bright Black Heaven. Ohmygod. AMAZING!
I cannot wait.
Pleeeeeaaaaase tell me there is going to be an Australian Blaqk Audio tour!

Jeffree Star is coming out here in the Fall...Dave could ask him about Blaqk Audio joining him? *wink wink nudge nudge*

xblaqkxrabbitx said...

Hey Jade,
I've just seen the track listing for the Bright Black Heaven. Ohmygod. AMAZING!
I cannot wait.
Pleeeeeaaaaase tell me there is going to be an Australian Blaqk Audio tour!

Jeffree Star is coming out here in the Fall...Dave could ask him about Blaqk Audio joining him? *wink wink nudge nudge*

LMNOP said...

Heres a track I just finished. I'm trying to learn how to master. It's kinda difficult. Anyways, here ya go. By the way. <3 ya Jade. Your the muthafuckin man!

http://soundcloud.com/evolakim/annalyzer-master

opi said...

myspace.com/hmotives

just check it.

Abi said...

Well, I don't do electronic music (though I did record these using a laptop mic...) but here you go:

http://www.myspace.com/abicolemanmusic

Dean said...

Myshell does produce. She's got a few releases on beatport, etc and even wrote an article for EQ magazine:
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/eq_200909/index.php?startid=56

sam said...

http://www.4shared.com/audio/eahBEzJs/wafle2.html

bridges/bass lines are still in the works.

Will Breitner said...

It's not really electronic, but if anyone reading this loves melody and big dense pieces you should check out my band! We just finished writing a full length and we would love some feedback on our music from ANYONE who is willing to critique it. www.myspace.com/andthesirenssang

Dillon said...

www.tatemmusic.com

www.myspace.com/tatemmusic

Monica Mangiafagioli said...

How about Goldfrapp and Little Boots?

Andrea said...

Check out DJ MLE on Velcro City Records, she's a pretty ill producer doing Denver proud. The problem is that most DJing has been passed from teacher to student in an almost masonic fashion and so everybody thinks girls can't DJ. Granted the OCD-ness required is more common in boys, but the actual skills tend to be learned faster by girls. Also, the last thing we need is ANYONE producing more wobbly dubstep. It's just flavor of the week. Produce the proper genres.

Little Black Bats said...

So true about electronic producers... man i should get really into the biz!!! i enjoy making musical fusion so why not elecronica? :) i am currently in an alternative indie band, www.myspace.com/littleblackbats444

Little Black Bats said...

So true about electronic producers... man i should get really into the biz!!! i enjoy making musical fusion so why not elecronica? :) i am currently in an alternative indie band, www.myspace.com/littleblackbats444

justin said...

www.myspace.com/justinjohnson_band

Add it!

Joe said...

Hey dude, www.myspace.com/thelastwordofficial no music up at the moment but we went to record our debut album recently, some should be up soon. :) Thanks Joe x

Celia O'Keefe said...

Dude, I don't know if anyone else posted this, but I know at least two pretty rad female electronic artists:

Alice DeeJay
Emily Simone.


Yeah, they're pretty great.

Anonymous said...

http://www.myspace.com/sarchasmband

Anonymous said...

EP my band put out the other day
did it over the school holidays between year eleven and twelve!
it's kind of hardcore

http://www.mediafire.com/?1vbabxx3cjd5eek

Rio said...

Dj Moxy. One of my favorite Columbus Ohio Dj's.Sadly she lives in California now.
http://djmoxy.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSHKAtUkE1Q

Ammi said...

http://www.myspace.com/blushresponse

Not a female DJ, but I thought I'd promote my friend Joey's project Blush Response. I thought it might be something that you'd be into, Jade. Since it kind of sounds (to me) like a cross between Nine Inch Nails, Blaqk Audio and Imperative Reaction. And maybe a little bit of Assemblage 23 although that may be a little too Depeche Mode-y.

Anyway thanks for meeting and transcending expectations with every album and song that you produce/write. Seriously, you rock.

-Ammi.