Back on International Women’s Day, Love Saves The Day asked the question: why are well-represented lineups so hard to achieve? Gender disparity in festival lineups and in the wider electronic music scene have been a key point of contention in recent years. We, like our colleagues across the industry, have pledged to rebalance our lineups and initiatives like EQ50 are committed to level the playing field by calling for diversifying the male-dominated world of drum and bass.
In a lull period for live shows and festivals, EQ50 are preparing for the future of drum and bass with a new mentorship programme that has matched six up-and-coming female and non-binary producers with five of the genre’s biggest labels: Critical Music, Function Records, Ram Records, Shogun Audio and V Recordings. The mentees were selected by veterans DJ Flight, Mantra, Sweetpea, MC Chickaboo, Alley Cat and Jenna G in a unique programme run by womxn, for womxn. They recognise it’s not a lack of talent in mixing and production that holds barriers to womxn’s success, but often skills that are a bit more difficult to hone, such as in A&R, representation and networking.
For the next 12 months, Spectral, Mandidextrous, NIA Archives, Anikonik, Charla Green and Athena will be reaping the fruits of the programme while mastering the art of production and how to climb the music industry’s ladder of success. Keep these names on your radar – it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of what these multi-talented artists have to offer very, very soon.