Women DJs are getting more exposure, says Scottish DJ Nightwave
Scottish DJ Nightwave weighs in on the male-dominated music scene ahead of her women-only workshop
In what ways is the electronic music movement helping empower women?
The electronic music scene is very male-dominated and for many women, it's a pretty intimidating industry to get into. However, the times are changing and women DJs, producers and engineers are getting more press exposure — we are getting more club and festival bookings and that, in turn, creates more visibility and role models for younger women interested in electronic music. Women (and men) are connecting globally and helping each other, creating collectives and workshops to educate and empower the next generation of producers and DJs. It's a really exciting and special time.
What interested you to be a part of this awareness initiative?
Nothing like this existed when I was starting out in the industry and perhaps that's why it took me longer to break through. I want to do all I can to promote equality, educate and be a part of a balanced music scene.
Can society at large play a role in this?
Bad behaviour is acquired, and not something people are born with. So we need to educate boys from an early age and make sure that they don't fall into the trap of toxic masculinity. We also need to educate girls on their rights, their worth and strength, and make sure that they get the opportunities they deserve. Apart from that, the government should make women's safety a priority and implement a zero tolerance policy for any violations.
What employment opportunities can be generated for women through workshops like these?
The workshops are a window into the industry and as in any profession, it takes passion, work and dedication to break through. If you have what it takes, you can be anything — a producer, DJ, engineer, promoter or a manager.
On: March 10 and 11
At: British Council, One Indiabulls Centre, Elphinstone Road.
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