It’s hard to ignore quite how male dominated the DJ industry has been over the years. Of course, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t established or up and coming females that are going to give the men some competition. Far from it. In this blog we will take a look at some of the top female DJ’s, their backgrounds and the type of music they play.
Hanna has an inventive style that makes a very strong blend from both bass and house music. Resident Advisor magazine has described the Birmingham born DJ as being “hugely creative behind the decks”. In her time when not playing some of the biggest festivals around the UK and Europe, Watts releases a bi-monthly 24 track mix. The mix is released via her Soundcloud account. Prior to breaking into music, she had already embarked on a career playing football for her local Aston Villa team. In addition, Watts was also on England’s national team for over 10 years.
Kruse is a German born DJ / Producer., she also owns record label Terminal M. Born in 1971, her career has already spanned over 25 years, with the highlight playing a more than influential role in the Munich rave scene during the early 90’s. She enjoys residency at Berlin’s Berghain club and has performed alongside top international male DJ’s such as Marco Cola and Carl Cox. She is without question one of the leading talents in house techno.
Britannia Price, or as she is better known by her stage name, B. Traits is a Canadian born DJ, remixer, radio presenter and record producer. She currently resides in the UK where she regularly hosts shows on BBC Radio 1Xtra and Radio 1. Although she is a relative newcomer to the music industry B. Traits has carved out a niche for herself. She is very confident when mixing sounds from breakbeat, house rave and electronica.
We have left the most influential female DJ to last, which of course is Annie Mac. She has pioneered dance music in the UK over the last 2 decades, regularly performing on BBC Radio 1 shows amongst others. The Dublin born DJ / Producer has 2 children with fellow UK DJ Toddla T and now lives in Queens Park, London. The highlight of her career so far was taking over the coveted slot on Radio 1, previously held by Zane Lowe. Mac now presents the Radio 1 evening show that goes out every Monday to Friday. On Top of her work as a professional DJ, Mac also makes regular appearances on BBC2’s The Culture Show. During which time she gives her opinion on the latest music around.
Additionally, Mac has also appeared on other TV shows, including:
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks – 2006
- Top of The Pops – 2006
She also appeared in the ITV comedy FM show, as herself. Without question Mac is one of the most important female DJ’s, and features as a reminder to others of just what can be achieved in this field.