It’s no secret that women can often have a hard time breaking into the music industry, a professional sphere which is, like so many others, dominated by men. Whether it’s a fight to break into the industry, a fight to be taken seriously as an artist, or a fight to be respected as a professional rather than as a potential sexual conquest, there are significant obstacles that women in music face. Electronic music is a particularly hard genre to break into as a woman—at present, the genre is nearly monopolized by male talent. Big names like deadmau5, Skrillex, Avicii, Hardwell, Diplo, Calvin Harris, Zedd, David Guetta, and Martin Garrix saturate the world of EDM, leaving little room for lesser-known female artists to gain a solid footing and compete in the long term.
Luckily for aspiring female producers, the PRODUCERGIRLS project has set its sights on reducing the gender gap in electronic music, one badass chick at a time. The movement began in February 2016, when a cabal of trailblazing producers, both male and female—E.M.M.A, P Jam, Dexplicit, Ikonika and Nightwave—founded a program with the goal of providing software, mentoring, and creative support to women with an interest in producing electronic music.
Members of the empowering think tank have described the project as a way to reach out to young girls and women with talent and ambition who may lack the resources to make a start in the music industry:
“I was lucky to be part of the teenage generation that FL gave the opportunity to be able to make music without the need to have a pro studio. So it’s great to be able to offer knowledge of the program to others who want to learn it” – DEXPLICIT
I’ve built a dream team of amazing producers with DEXPLICIT, Ikonika, P Jam and Nightwave to encourage more girls to take up music production. If we create a fun environment together with the tools, expertise and support needed to get people off the starting blocks, I think we could be onto a good thing. Everyone will get free access to software so that they can hit the ground running to develop their sound and make some tunes!” – E.M.M.A.
Although the project originated in DJ/producer E.M.M.A.’s stomping ground, London, PRODUCERGIRLS is looking to the future, hoping to expand its efforts by initiating workshops in new cities. The group has started a Kickstarter campaign to assist in funding aspiring lady producers. More information on the project and information on how to donate can be found on their webpage www.producergirls.com.