Guys, I’m really excited about this mix. What started off as a way to highlight some of my incredible producer friends turned into a showcase for 48 female producers whose music covers all kinds of genres. Some of these women have been crushing it for years, others are only just getting started. It was a challenge fitting all the sounds together, but I’m really proud of it, and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did making it.
There’s been a lot of talk about the lack of equality in the dance music industry when it comes to gender, and I think a lot of times it’s easier to look outward at what other people can change, instead of what you yourself can change. I realized that although I have many female producer friends, I hadn’t really made enough of an effort to find other female artists, play their songs out, and include them in mixes. I wanted to change that, and this mix is a testament to that.
Every song in this mix has at least one female producer on it, although there’s some very talented men as well! The point of this isn’t to pigeonhole these artists as “female producers” who have to be lumped together under that title, but rather to showcase the many styles, sounds, and personalities of these artists that go beyond their gender.
I’ve also written a little blurb about each one of these amazing humans, so you can get to learn a little bit about the person behind the music. I certainly learned A LOT in the making of this, and I hope you find an artist you haven’t heard before, or maybe learn something new about an artist you already knew of. There are so many more I didn’t get to because I couldn’t possibly squeeze any more music into an hour mix haha, but this is just a start, and I look forward to showcasing more in the future :)
1. Run This World - Posso
This BFF duo (no, they’re not sisters!) are seriously badass. I picked this song to kick off the mix because of the serious girl power vibes they and their music embody. I have major respect for them because they’re not afraid to speak their minds and use their music to make political statements about the things they believe in. They’re also always looking to support and build up their female peers. I have to admit I was quite intimidated by them when we were first introduced by a mutual friend. Their incredible confidence, model looks, and fire style made me feel like an awkward little girl in my oversized tshirt. They ended up taking me to lunch and we talked for hours about gender inequalities in dance music and ways we could positively impact the industry to change that. Marylouise is a bomb pianist and they both sing, write songs, produce, AND have their own clothing line on DollsKill. Earlier this year they also launched their “Only Human” campaign to raise money for Planned Parenthood. Like I said, badasses.
2. Oceans - tyDi & Jack Novak (ft. Greyson Chance)
Jack got her start in dance music as a raver (SAME) and it wasn’t until she moved to Los Angeles that she decided music was something she wanted to pursue as a career. She built a home studio, hired a tutor, and spent the next two years learning how to produce and perfecting her craft. Talk about work ethic. She’s opened for Calvin Harris, toured with Pharrell, and is currently signed to WME (#goals).
3. Sometimes - Nusi + Nala (ft. PENNYWILD)
Nala: I first heard Nala at a TripEazy event in LA. One of Miami’s top female DJs, she threw down the reggaeton (my favorite) and immediately won me over. She’s forever playing in both LA and Miami and just crushed a set at Ultra. This track actually started out as a joke, but I think it turned out rad af (that drop is dirty) and always makes me chuckle. Although this is only her first original release, I’m certain we can expect to hear a lot more from her in the future.
PENNYWILD: I’m lucky that I met Penny her first night in LA. She showed up to a NapGirls event BY HERSELF, which pretty much sums up how fearless and radical she is. A fellow theatre nerd who toured on Broadway as a kid, we instantly bonded. She’s an incredible dancer (check out her videos HERE) and her mixes are forever on repeat at my house. She had a residency at Webster Hall in NYC before coming to LA, sings, and recently started releasing her own music which has such a unique sound and really reflects her personality. Her tunes are truly the musical expression of her soul.
4. Godzilla - Anna Lunoe
Anna started out her music career songwriting and playing acoustic guitar in Australia, and later went on to become a radio host/DJ, and ultimately a producer and vocalist as well. With collabs with major artists like Flume and opening spots for The Weekend, M.I.A., Diplo, and Flosstradamus (to name JUST A FEW), she’s killing the game and a major inspiration to female artists everywhere. She was the first solo female artist to play the EDC main stage in 2016, and this year she crushed Coachella WHILE PREGNANT and sang live for the first time during her set. Check out her weekly show HYPERHOUSE on Beats1 Radio.
5. EZY - Nina Las Vegas
Nina is an Australian DJ, producer, and radio host. She also has her own recording label NLV Records. In 2007 she helped found Heaps Decent, a non-profit that supports emerging underprivileged and indigenous musicians. Check out her House Party mixes which gained a ton of popularity.
6. Messiah - Alison Wonderland & M-Phazes
I’ve been following Alison Wonderland for a long time. One of the many multi-talented women on this list, she's a classically trained musician, specifically a cellist, vocalist, producer, and fire DJ. Her debut album “Run” featured artists including Djemba Djemba, Lido, and Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips. In 2014 she launched her Wonderland Warehouse Project which sold out 3,000 capacity venues in less than 24 hours. She also keeps it real AF on twitter, so I suggest throwing her a follow.
7. Like That - Venessa Micheals (ft. Jackson Breit)
I have a serious girl crush on Venessa Michaels. Her jersey club and 90s inspired future bass sound is super unique and original and I literally love everything she puts out. I picked this specific song because it features one of my friends Jackson Breit, an acoustic pop artist who is insanely talented and you should also be listening to. Venessa started playing piano at 3, and later learned to play guitar. She started playing around with producing as soon as she got a MacBook with Garage Band, moved to Logic when she was only 17, and started spinning on vinyl a year later, landing residencies in San Diego while she was in college. When she’s not in the studio or playing shows, she’s putting on events with her collective TripEazy and co-hosts a radio show on 97.1 AMP Radio every Sunday from 9-10pm.
8. In Your Arms - NERVO
This Aussie sister duo has been called “the world’s highest paid female DJs” and I’m not surprised. Although they did some modeling (I mean, look at them), music was always their focus. Starting off as songwriters, they’ve written songs for Kesha, Britney Spears, and the Pussycat Dolls. In 2008 they co-wrote “When Love Takes Over” for David Guetta and Kelly Rowland which went on to win a Grammy. On top of all that, they also produce and sing and have played the biggest festivals in the world.
9. The Anthem - UNiiQU3
I first heard of Uniiqu3 earlier this year at Miami Music Week, although the “Queen of Jersey Club” has been crushing it for a while. I went to a Pressed.LA event my first night there, and when we walked in this badass chick was DJing while rapping “All my independent women, put your hands up!” Her energy was insane and immediately drew me to the dance floor as she threw down a killer set. If you’re at Hard Summer this year, she’s an artist you don’t want to miss.
10. Piñatas - Kaiya Wolff
My little fire-haired Brazilian bb, like many of the women featured on this mix, is a woman of many talents. She first moved to LA to pursue acting, but then went back to school to study music production. I love watching her DJ because she’s a true performer and her song selection is fire. Her voice is beautiful and she raps in both English and Portuguese. She draws inspiration from Baile Funk and the favales of Brazil, which you can hear clearly in this track, although some of her unreleased stuff has a slightly more pop/mainstream vibe which I can’t wait for you all to hear! After hanging out one time while dancing our asses off at a Free Grilled Cheese party in LA, I weirdly invited her to come on a last minute trip with me to Montreal where I was going to play with Adventure Club. She did, and we’ve been dubsteppin’ together ever since.
11. Gunshot - Jackal ft. Jammin (WHIPPED CREAM remix)
I know literally nothing about this girl except that she’s from Canada, mixes and masters all her tracks herself, and just premiered a remix on Benzi’s latest “Girl Trap” mix. If you didn’t know, Benzi is the God of mixes so he knows what’s up, but I knew before him (mwahaha). I will update this when I know more, but for right now, just feel good knowing you got insider information that this chick is gonna pop off.
12. Hide & Seek - Imogen Heap (A Boy & A Girl remix)
A Boy & A Girl are, you guessed it, a male/female duo that have been making waves since they debuted and were named one of the top 40 artists to watch by YourEDM this year. The “Girl,” Monica, was born in Colombia and has been producing since she was just 13 years old. Before linking up with the “Boy,” Jon, she was in an all female duo Dirty Talk. Monica is always down to support her friends, especially the females, so she really embodies the girl power movement. Jon is also pretty rad. A classically trained pianist since he was 9, he produced music for reality TV shows and commercials before finding his calling in dance music. Also, he’s not afraid of teaming up with a badass female, so go Jon! I picked this particular remix because I love Imogen Heap and I like to open my sets with it, but most of their other tracks are WAY harder so if you’re into that heavy bass ish, check em out.
13. Put It Down - TOKiMONSTA (ft. Anderson .Paak & KRNE)
TOKiMONSTA is known for her unique sound and engaging live performances that utilize both musical and multimedia gear. A classically trained pianist, she began working on beats in college and has since produced for other artists such as Gavin Turek. In 2010 LA Weekly ranked TOKiMONSTA as LA’s #1 female DJ, and she’s been covered by too many publications to name here. She’s played at festivals such as Coachella, WMC, Electric Zoo, and the Full Flex Express tour with Skrillex, Diplo, Pretty Lights, and Grimes. She’s the first female to join Flying Lotus’ crew/label BRAINFEEDER and also started her own label Young Art to put on emerging artists she believes in.
14. Every Every - MOONZz (Carter Cruise remix)
Although this is my remix, I want to focus on the incredibly talented woman behind the vocals and original song. I heard Moonzz when she only had one or two songs out and I was instantly obsessed. Someone once said that her voice sounds like she’s lived a thousand years and I think that sums it up perfectly. Knowing she had an EP coming out, I reached out to her to do a remix and was instantly drawn to this track. I was also lucky enough to DJ her release party for her EP “Trust Cycles” where she performed live, and she’s one of my most played artists on Spotify. Check her out, you won’t be disappointed.
15. In The City - Bonnie X Clyde
Bonnie X Clyde is a male/female duo that met in middle school, and started producing together in college. They debuted their signature sound dubbed “Vocal Bass” to the world in 2015. Their career took off quickly, with direct support of artists like Skrillex, and playing festivals such as Life in Color Miami, Nocturnal Wonderland, Life is Beautiful, EDC Orlando, and Middlelands (to name a few). “Bonnie” is also the vocalist aka talented af. This track is off their “Wanted” EP and was my favorite, although it really was a tough call as the entire EP is killer.
16. Nosedive - MADDS
Madds is fun af. She’s the kind of person you NEED to party with before you die. Although she loves dubstep (hell yeah) and isn’t afraid to throw down a hard ass set, her future pop song “Scream” topped the dance music iTunes charts last fall. This new track is more of a banger, and goes to show her versatility as an artist. She rocked the Heineken tent at Coachella this year and also casually models for major companies like Guess. #Goals
17. Work - DUCKY (lostkid remix)
I recently saw Ducky provide direct support for Ghastly in LA and she murdered it. Also, she has sick dance moves. Also, she’s been producing since 8th grade and dropped out of high school to study at NYU where she earned a BFA in recorded music with a minor in mathematics and has a side hustle as a web developer/coder, like whaaaatttt? Basically she’s kewl af. She has a weekly download series RAVE TOOLZ, a radio show, and a bunch of releases that you definitely need to listen to.
18. HOWBOWDAH - GHOZT KAT
Kat lives in Alaska and is apparently one of only three female DJs in the whole state. Wild. She learned to DJ in the basement of a church (rad) when she was 19 and has been making music for the last two years. Her career goals include traveling the world and writing scores for sci-fi movies and TV shows. I love this track because it’s fun and makes you want to dance, a common theme in her tunes. She’s also a sweetheart, and made me feel right at home when I played a show in Alaska.
19. Melancholy - REZZ (ft. Laura Brehm)
There’s no doubt that Rezz is one of the next big things in EDM, if she isn’t already. Her music caught the eye of Deadmau5, who we all know isn’t any easy guy to impress, and she’s playing multiple festivals this summer. She also wears some sick LED glasses while she plays which look lit af and has to require a lot of skills. This is the song that got me hooked on her, so it was only fitting I included it in the mix.
20. Secrets - Mija
I don’t think I need to tell you guys who Mija is, but we’ll suffice by saying this track is one of my current favorites. Like, I really really love it. I also really really love her live sets. She’s an incredible DJ and her curating skills are on point. When she’s not touring the world, she’s putting on her own dope parties like her popular Glitter Ball and also recently launched a clothing line Made By Mija which is just as cool as everything else she creates.
21. Stimulate - Callie Reiff
Callie Reiff is a prodigy. She started her career in the arts at the New York City Ballet Company. When she was ten, she taught herself how to play drums from YouTube videos. Soon after, her dad’s friend suggest she try DJing and a couple years later, she started at Dubspot, a prestigious NY school for music production/DJing. She also understands the importance of women supporting women which speaks to her maturity. I got to catch her set at Space Yacht a few months ago (her parents still have to come with her to her shows because she’s only 17) and she absolutely murdered it. She’s been supported by the Chainsmokers since she sent them a “Selfie" remix when she was only 14.
22. Reid Speed x Frank Royal - Get Wet
First of all, I LOVE this track. I don’t wanna play favorites but... okay fine, it’s definitely one of my favs in the mix. Second of all, Reid Speed is an OG. She’s prolific af, and I probably have a zillion of her remixes in my crates. She’s also a dope curator and her mix series SPEED OF SOUND is full of heaters. She has not just one, but TWO labels, Play Me Records and Play Me Too, which helped launch the careers of artists like Dillon Francis, Must Die, and Figure. She truly paved the way for many female DJs, is always down to share her infinite knowledge, and is respected af in the industry. Catch her at the Bassrush stage at EDC Vegas this weekend!
23. Believe In Us - Baroqueen
A classically trained musician, Baroqueen’s name was inspired by her instrument of choice: the baroque cello, although she also plays guitar and dabbles in piano. Three years ago she was inspired to learn to DJ by her brother, and soon after that decided to try her hand at writing a producing songs. This is her first ever original, but I dug the melody and can see she’s got writing chops, so I’m excited to see her grow as a producer and artist!
24. Show You - Duelle
When I first heard of the sister duo Duelle in 2015, it seemed as though they had come out of nowhere, but after meeting them when they moved to LA last year, I learned they’ve been on this journey their entire lives, dancing and singing since they were kids. They started off as pop focused songwriters and vocalists, but eventually found their passion in EDM. They learned to DJ, then started focusing on production to give them more control over the songs they write, sing, and rap on. They also continue to dance and plan on incorporating that part of their lives more into their performances as they grow.
25. Need U Around - Juicy M (ft. Esty Leone)
Originally from Ukraine, Juicy M has been named a Top 100 DJ by multiple outlets, and it’s easy to see why when you watch the videos of her playing on 4 decks without any headphones. She’s provided direct support for artists like Black Eyed Peas, Backstreet Boys, Skrillex, and Afrojack, founded her own label JUMMP Records where she puts on emerging artists, and signed a worldwide deal with Armada Records. She also has a weekly podcast “JuicyLand.” Check out her latest release “Girl Gang” for more girl power vibes.
26. High - Eva Shaw (ft. Shaggy & Demarco)
Eva started DJing as a hobby in her free time when she wasn’t modeling, but eventually gave up her Ford modeling contract to pursue music when her hobby turned into a career. From there she started producing and her first release “Charizma” was signed by Calvin Harris’ label Fly Eye. She has a TON of releases and they’re all bomb so check em out.
27. SMYK - Dani Deahl (ft. Rohan da Great) [Reid Speed Remix]
Dani started DJing very young and landed her first residencies while she was still in high school. From there she moved to production and found her sound in trap, twerk, and future bass. With releases on major labels Dim Mak, Monstercat, and Armada and support from some of the biggest names in the game, it’s no surprise she’s been named a top female producer by the likes of MTV. I met Dani when she reached out to me because of an article I wrote a couple years ago, which was quite a compliment as Dani is not only a badass producer/DJ, but a prolific writer herself. She started and ran a successful music blog until 2015 and now boasts the title of Editor at Large at DJ Mag as well as working for The Verge. She even did a TEDx talk in 2014 on gender inequalities in the dance music industry. Oh, and she’s a great Twitter follow.
28. Lotus - Cray
The way I heard about Cray is actually a pretty funny story. Last year after EDC, a guy tweeted at me saying he had found an SD card with photos of me on it and was trying to find out who the photographer was so he could return it. I asked to see the photos and was surprised when it wasn’t me at all, but another blonde girl eating pizza with, get this, the exact same tattoo I have on my forearm. I tweeted the picture, “who is this girl?!” and it ended up being Cray! This girl is multi-talented af. She’s incredibly funny (check out her videos skits) and a gamer on Twitch. She produces a variety of music from trap to future bass AND she sings. With a spot on the Hard Summer lineup, it’s only a matter of time before this girl blows up and I’m so excited for her!
29. Strangers Again - PRXZM
I met the male/female duo that is PRXZM when I was in Chicago for Freaky Deaky Festival. They had a collaboration with Borgore and Emma sang during his set. At the time, they were both still in college, and I was blown away by their maturity and work ethic. Most college kids can barely get to class, while these two were putting out tons of music AND touring while still in school. Now they’re graduated, are on a ton of festival lineups this summer, and just played a sold out show at Red Rocks with Marshmello. GET IT.
30. RU Feeling It - Helena Legend (ft. LYRE)
Helena fell in love with dance music when she snuck into a Daft Punk concert when she was only 14. She went onto promote parties in Ibiza, run nightclubs in England, and DJ house parties, although she still saw music as a hobby while she pursued a career in fashion, going to school for fashion design. After a while her music career started to take off, she learned to produce, and her fashion career took a backseat. In 2014 she landed a residency at Drai’s in Las Vegas, signed a deal with Sony, and played major festivals all over the world such as Tomorrowland in Belgium. She also recently toured with Kennedy Jones. This track is off her latest EP “No Explanations Pt. 2” and honestly choosing only one was hard, but this track is definitely one of my fav tracks of the moment. Oh, and now that her EP is out, Helena is returning to her fashion roots and planning a clothing line release in the near future.
31. Whenever I’m With You - Tigerlilly
Tigerlilly is a babe. She studied music since she was 4 and began DJing at 18. She was the runner up on the 2011 Your Shot DJ competition which landed her a direct support spot on Tiesto’s Asia and US tours. She’s also casually been voted Australia’s #1 female DJ multiple years in a row, and sings on some of her own tracks. When she’s not touring the world, she provides some serious fitness/health inspo on Instagram and YouTube. She also uses her platform to promote a vegan lifestyle. Talented AND caring, I told you she’s a babe.
32. Without You - Sophie Francis
Another child prodigy, Sophie started playing piano at 5, learned to DJ at 14 and already had her first residency soon after. She began to produce and soon she sent 3 demos into a label that were picked up immediately - sick. She was actually STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL (for gifted students, of course) when she started topping Beatport charts and garnering over 2 million plays on a single track. Oh, just to top things off, she was named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Artists Under 25” by Spotify NL along with Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens. She literally just graduated, so it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing this girl everywhere.
33. All We Got - Sam F x Yntendo (ft. Lizzy Land)
Yntendo is another male/female duo and I’m obsessed with their funky, minimalist, but bass heavy sound. You might recognize the blue-haired Apphia, known as “Phi,” from Instagram because she’s very aesthetic. They just debuted the first single “Got Some” off their new EP so you should go listen to that ASAP. Although the duo is quite new and only has a couple of releases out, I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them in the future. This track is a little on the lighter side from their usual sound, but I had to include it since it also features my bbs Sam F and Lizzie Land. Sam F is one of my favorite producers and is about to blow up with his first EP “Electric Soul” he just released on Dim Mak. He's also hilarious and an amazing rapper, songwriter, and singer. I know I’m supposed to focus on the girls but gotta give the homie a shoutout. Lizzie Land is an upcoming singer/songwriter who you should definitely be listening to. As you can tell from this track she’s got an amazing voice so go listen to her other stuff!
34. Skinny Legs - Elohim
I only recently discovered Elohim, who named herself after the sacred word for God in Hebrew. She started playing piano when she was 5, but eventually learned to produce because she felt limited with only one instrument and wanted to create unique, obscure sounds, which is what drew me to her music. Although her identity is kept secret, it’s not a marketing ploy. A self proclaimed introvert, Elohim sees keeping her identity private as a way to open up with her music, without her appearance interfering with the experience. A true artist, she’s definitely someone to keep your eye on.
35. NU - HVDES OG MIX
I found HVDES, a recent gradate of the famous ICON production school, on Twitter while doing research for this mix and immediately knew I had to include her. She’s played piano and sang her whole life and started producing right out of high school. Now that she’s finished with school, she’s about to start releasing music for the first time in 9 months, so keep an eye out for her. This track is an original and the drop immediately had me hooked, as well as that “I see dead people” clip, effin sick.
36. Afterhours - Gina Turner & Tony Quattro
Gina is a DJ, producer, vocalist, radio host, and record label owner with a focus on tech house, although she certainly doesn’t limit herself to any one genre. With hit radio shows since the early 2000s, she’s pretty much an OG. Also, she was DJing well into the third trimester of her pregnancy a couple years ago. Talk about badass.
37. Bout That - J.Worra (ft. KE)
This Chicago based artist is known for her creative sets and has played at Spring Awakening festival and recently landed a residency at The Mid, which was rated one of the top 100 clubs in the world. She’s also on the lineup for Hard Summer this year and was named an artist to watch by DJ Mag, so she’s definitely an artist you’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future.
38. Touch Me - Candyland (ft. Ricci)
Candyland is my idol. The girl has major swag (that fro tho), and she’s probably one of the kindest humans I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, besides being an insane producer and turntablist. I love everything she does, and she’s versatile af. This is only a taste of what she’s capable of, so I suggest listening to everything else she’s ever made because it’s all straight fire. Her story is also inspiring. When she first started her music career she was struggling financially, ended up homeless, and was coming to a point where she thought she would have to give up music and pursue something else just to survive. With the support of her family and friends she was able to make it through, and lucky for us, because dance music needs Candyland.
39. West Coast Style - Wenzday
Wenzday started off as a DJ but soon decided she wanted to get into production. She graduated from ICON in 2015, and if you don’t know what ICON is, it’s where A LOT of the biggest names in EDM learned their skillz. Since then she’s done a remix for Rain Main on Dim Mak, released tracks on Figure’s label Doom Records, and opened for Slushii. She also is the co-founder of 40oz Cult, a record label that also has some sick merch.
40. On It - B!tch Be Cool
Another male/female duo made up of solo artists Richard Wette and DOMii. DOMii is a new artist hailing from NC (whaddup!) and is currently working on her first solo EP. She started out as a graphic designer (she has her own clothing line Novi) but after falling in love with the EDM scene in London while studying abroad, she decided to learn how to produce and DJ. So far she’s opened for Mija, Thomas Jack, Flux Pavillion, performed at Imagine Festival in Atlanta, and she’s only getting started.
41. Nasty - Tommy Trash & Kittens
Before I knew who she was, I saw Kittens play at SXSW a couple years ago. She threw down the hardest set and of course I was front row head banging per usual. A former dancer, she grew up competing in hip-hop and jazz contemporary dance which has influenced her sound as a producer and DJ. She toured with Kid Cudi, is signed to A-Track’s label Fool’s Gold, and is a member of LA collective Athletixx. She also has background in business and worked as a talent buyer for Drai’s early in her career. In her free time, she teaches a Girls Only DJ workshop to provide a place for women to learn the basics of DJing in an accepting and comfortable environment. Girl’s got mad skillz.
42. Swipe It Off - Leo Justi & Brazzabelle (ft. Zanillya)
Brazzabelle started her DJ career in 2010 and found immediate success. Her festival remix of “What Is Love” charted #1 on multiple blogs and was supported by artists such as Adventure Club in their festival sets. She’s played major festivals including Hard Summer, Electric Zoo, and TomorrowWorld, and put out official remixes for artists like Skrillex, Borgore, and Elliphant. Besides killing it on the decks and in the studio she has fire style and models for Frankie’s Bikinis. Check out her popular series “Ravercise” for more of this rad chick.
43. Slow Motion - Leah Culver
Leah Culver is a babe. You might have heard of her previous DJ alias, MK Ultra. Although she’s been spinning for years, she recently moved her focus to producing, songwriting, and singing. Her recent collaboration with Adventure Club “Reaction” was my favorite song off their new album. I recently had the pleasure of playing a show with her and holy sheeeettt did she kill it. Her voice is as amazing IRL, and her stage presence is killer! She was rolling around on the stage singing her heart out like a bonafide pop star while I ran around like a proud mom taking pictures.
44. Diving With Whales - Nora En Pure
I chose to end the mix with Nora because her sound is really so unique and different from anything else in the mix. A south african native, her music is often inspired by nature. This track, Diving With Whales, is obviously inspired by whales, and you can hear the whale noises in the background which is just hella cool.