The world of turntables, synths and drum machines may seem like a boy’s club, but talented women have been making waves in electronic music for years. Here’s some of our favorite underrated ladies on the rise and our favorite songs by them:
Aussie twins Miriam and Olivia Nervo walked away from modeling and even opera academy to pursue their true passion: songwriting. After penning the grammy-winning #1 hit “When Love Takes Over” for David Guetta & Kelly Rowland, the sisters kicked off their collaborative project NERVO. While songs like “You’re Gonna Love Again,” “Like Home” and “Hold On” have spread like wildfire on the blogs and seen modest chart success, we think 2014 will be the year that NERVO’s melodic main-room sound finally hits the top of the charts worldwide and becomes a household name among dance music fans.
NERVO feat. Ollie James - Irresistible
Maya Jane Coles
After remixing acts like Massive Attack and Gorillaz in 2010, Maya started releasing her original productions on a variety of labels and went on to receive numerous awards and accolades, including being named Beatport’s Artist of the Year in 2011 and one of Rolling Stone’s 25 most influential DJs in 2012. It’s fair to say that Maya has been one of the pioneers of the recent deep house revival, and we are only going to see more iconic productions from her in 2014. It’s also worth mentioning that she has a dubstep alias, Nocturnal Sunshine, and she collaborates with fellow female producer Lena Cullen under the moniker She Is Danger.
Maya Jane Coles - Easier to Hide
Audrey has been insanely busy since releasing her debut EP “Ornamental Egos” and touring the 18-city Identity Festival in 2012. Aside from being a talented producer, singer and DJ with multiple high-profile remixes on Ultra Records and Interscope, Audrey is also a composer for film and TV, fashion designer, and model. Her diverse range of talents is evident in her music, which features a unique sexy-meets-gothic, cinematic electro sound.
Audrey Napoleon - Poison
SF native turned Berlin techno star Jessica Phillippe a.k.a. J. Phlip started DJing at 19. Now she’s an official member of Claude Vonstroke’s Dirtybird crew, and has the honor of supporting Claude on his high profile gigs worldwide. J. Phlip’s original productions and remixes embody the dark Berlin sound, and techno aficionados should expect more dancefloor bombs from her in 2014.
J. Phlip - Coefficient
After making waves in the Australian festival DJ circuit with heavy radio support, Anna moved to LA with the hopes of cracking the U.S. club scene with her smooth and elegant disco-infused style. 2012 saw Anna receive plenty of attention for her originals and collaborations with artists like Flume, Touch Sensitive and Them Jeans, and now she is playing venues all across the globe. Expect big things from her in 2014, as her deep-disco sound and elegant singing propels her to become a proper house diva.
Anna Lunoe - Breathe
Jennifer Lee a.k.a. TOKiMONSTA was trained in classical music as a child, but everything changed when she started making computer music. Her unique approach to hip hop beats made her a household name in LA, with worldwide radio support and coverage in just about every music publication possible. She was the first female signed to Flying Lotus’ BRAINFEEDER crew and tours the world regularly with her live performance rig, featuring a treasure trove of audio and video gear. In 2013 she signed to Ultra Records and released her album “Half Shadows,” putting her trip hop sound at the forefront of dance music. We can’t wait to hear what she has in store for 2014.
TOKiMONSTA feat. MDNR - Go With It
Sara Abdel-Hamid a.k.a. Ikonika released her debut 12” in 2008 on Hyperdub records. Since then she has released two albums and a handful of remixes and EPs on the iconic label. Described by The Observer as “a rare female face in the male-dominated world of dubstep,” Sara has been turning heads in the underground scene for years. As deep house and UK bass collide, expect Ikonika’s work to get a lot more attention in 2014.
Ikonika - Mr Cake
A graduate of the Berklee school of music, Erin combines pop, electronica, rock and soul into a unique blend that is all her own. In her live performances she can be spotted singing her heart out while playing a wide variety of synthesizers. In the studio she is a prolific musician and producer, having produced a number of records for other artists in the New York City area as well as her releases. She has also been featured by Ableton for her work with Live and Push.
Erin is also working to bring up the next generation of female musicians with her Beats by Girlz project. A collaboration with the Lower East Side Girls Club, Erin will teach girls in New York and worldwide about production, remixing, DJing, and recording techniques. We’re looking forward to hear the creative output that will come from this program.
So that’s our list… now it’s your turn. Who are your ladies to watch?