The UK is the only country in the world that has no dedicated female DJ, while the US has more female soloists than any other country.
Now that the UK has its first female-only festival, we wondered how this trend would continue, as well as whether the country was on the cusp of seeing more female-driven music.
“The music industry has always been female-led, but the last few years it has really exploded,” says Emily Lee, managing director of music company EMI Music.
“It is still very much a boys’ club, but there is an opportunity now for women.”
In the UK, I think a lot of the music industry is still being male-dominated.
We have a very diverse population that is incredibly diverse, but we do not have a lot in terms of female DJs.
“It’s a bit of a problem when you have a festival where you have 100 DJs, and that is not a very balanced number.
I think that is one of the reasons that it is not the norm.”
The music business is in need of more female talent, but is it going to get it?
In the US, the music business has been predominantly male-led since the mid-90s.
While the number of female-run record labels has increased in recent years, the number still remains small.
“The number of women in the music industries is still incredibly low,” says Lee.
“We are very young, and the numbers of women are very small, but it is growing.”
The UK’s record labels have really struggled to find talent.
If we were to go and recruit more female artists, we would need to increase the amount of money we are spending on the artists, and there is no way that would be happening if there were no female DJs,” she says.
“But the problem is that EDC is so diverse and that you have to be a certain age, and you cannot get in as many bands as you used to.””
When you have people going to EDC and seeing a diverse lineup, that is an incredible boost for the industry,” she adds.
“But the problem is that EDC is so diverse and that you have to be a certain age, and you cannot get in as many bands as you used to.”
The next generation?”
However, there is room for improvement.”
The next generation?
In Australia, the only nation with a dedicated female-focused music festival, there are a lot more female musicians than ever before.
In 2015, the Australian Music Awards saw the biggest ever gender diversity in music, with the majority of awards going to women.
“I think that we are in a golden age of female artists,” says Leigh Hensley, head of global promotions for the AAMAs.
“At the moment, we are just starting to see the beginnings of a movement, and we are seeing a lot from a female point of view.”
I think the next generation is going to be more diverse than ever.
There is still a lot to be done, but I think the trend is really starting to change.
“In the United States, there have been a couple where it has been a bit more of a focus, but overall the music festival industry has been male-driven.””
There are a couple of big festivals that are not really focused on music for the majority,” she explains.
“In the United States, there have been a couple where it has been a bit more of a focus, but overall the music festival industry has been male-driven.”
For me, I see that as a very positive thing, because it means that there is a lot people coming out to see what we are all about, and I think we are getting more exposure for the artists,” she continues.”
If I had to bet, I would say that in the next 10 years we will see a lot less male-oriented music festivals.
“Hopefully we will be able to move to a more gender-neutral music landscape in the future.”
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