Susanne Kirchmayr, international erfolgreich als DJ und Producerin unter dem Künstlernamen Electric Indigo, hat 1998 female:pressure gegründet. Die Internet-Datenbank umfasst heute 2090 Artists aus 74 Ländern – und feiert 2018 ihren 20. Geburtstag. Derzeit gibt es “limited edition”-Geburtstags-T-Shirts zu kaufen, noch bis Mitte April könnt ihr hier zuschlagen.
Meine persönliche Geschichte
Ich bin bereits relativ früh zu female:pressure gestoßen: 1998 war das Jahr, in dem ich mit dem Auflegen begonnen habe. 1999, ein Jahr nach der Gründung der Datenbank, die dazu geschaffen wurde, um Frauen in der elektronischen Musik sichtbarer zu machen, empfand ich meine Fähigkeiten als “gut genug”, um mich in die Datenbank aufnehmen zu lassen.
Im Sommer 1999 folgte mein erster Gig, denn durch die Initiative female:pressure wurde mein Vorhaben, mich als DJ zu etablieren, von Anfang an ernst genommen. Nun ja – Tausende Gigs in Großbritannien, Deutschland, Schweiz, Ungarn, Slowenien, Slowakei, Tschechischer Republik, Kroatien, Serbien, Romänien…
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In May 2017 I began research for my MA dissertation, Why are there so few female Music Producers?. I spent three months interviewing female members of the music industry in Ireland, and also researching gender in music magazines. Since August, I’ve been adapting the research into a series of articles. This article is the first, and outlines how the initial research question was transformed by what I found, and some thoughts about female visibility in the music industry, and an environment which may be hostile to women.
It is a question that has been doing the rounds for years — where are the female headliners? Where are the female producers, conductors, record label owners? At the top levels of the music industry, where are the women?
It’s a question worth asking, and definitely one worth answering. In case there is anyone with lingering doubts as to whether or not women actually…
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recorded and produced by christina nemec in vienna and horner wald 2016
mastered and cut at dubplates & mastering, berlin 2017
artwork by susi klocker
On her latest release, chra aka Christina Nemec is sketching out a psychogeographical map, that guides you to the border of the internal and external world – ‘on a fateful morning’ lets you enter a sphere where the imaginary and the subliminal cross. Evoking abstract images that transcend reality, chra installs an autarchic time-and-space-continuum of vague, nocturnal beauty. Pastose bass drones, airy ambient synths and processed audio-samples form a hypnotic stream that lets you enter an altered state of mind. By subtly intertwining musical and non musical sounds chra is weaving an intensely atmospheric, poetic tableau of emptied spaces left to our imagination. It’s the pulse of arcane memories that is filling these sonic landscapes, operating deep within our subconscious.
‘on a fateful morning’…
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The Leaky Pipeline for Women in Music
Can’t women just write music anyway? What’s the big holdup?
The music industry itself fosters women in certain types of careers, both as businesspeople and as performers.
Additional barriers in classical music performance:
Valuing composers over performers—and performers over fans
Did you really write that?:
Barriers for women as composers in the art music world:
9 In popular music studies, see Matthew Bannister
10 This story is SUPER SEXIST, but it illustrates the point. The bit at the end about girls taking up guitar because of Taylor Swift is useful. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-the-death-of-the-electric-guitar-20170623-story.html
Carmel Zoum performed at the Meetup X Corp. event on May 5th 2017. Info:
French-Congolese Berlin-based singer and performer Carmel Zoum, was born in Moscow, grew up in France and has been living in Germany for 13 years. Since her parents are Congolese, the first music to have an impact on Carmel Zoum was “Soukous” – a dance music genre that originated from Cuban Rumba music and the Congo – that gained popularity throughout Africa.
A versatile singer, MC flowing in English and French, Carmel Zoum is a fiery force of nature on the mic, bringing groovy and beautiful melodies and hardcore Dancehall vibes to thrill dance floors. Based in Berlin, Carmel Zoum is mainly known as a dancehall reggae artist, but also works with hip hop, electronic and bass producers.