Happy International Women’s Day! We always do our best to support females in the music scene, but in honor of the globally recognized holiday, we’ve put together a list of ladies who have been killing it in the studio. From trap to future bass and everywhere in between, here are some females we think you should look out for this year.
French producer CloZee is one of bass music’s most talented rising artists. The ‘world bass’ aficionado combines live instrumentation, cinematic flair and a unique international element into all of her tunes, which have landed her performances at Coachella, Okeechobee, Shambhala, BASSCENTER and more. Her classical guitar roots and organic influences are instantly recognizable throughout all of her productions, which have been released on Gravitas Recordings, Otodayo Records and more. She also has a side project with Scarfinger titled CloZinger, which is definitely something to check out as well. If you ever get the chance to see CloZee live, you shouldn’t miss it.
Huxley Anne is undeniably a force to be reckoned with. Her creative thinking, complex arrangements and experimental approach to bass music make her one of the LA beat scene’s most standout names. Also one half of duo PAINT with Tsuruda, there seems to be no shortage of powerful tunes from Huxley Anne. She has releases with Ivy Lab’s 20/20 LDN, Courteous Family, DOMEOFDOOM and more under her belt, and recently wrapped up a residency at LA’s Low End Theory. Anne’s debut album, Ilium, and a recent mixtape with XLR8R prove that she is not an artist who should be slept on.
TOKiMONSTA has been on top of her game for a while, but the release of her recent album, Lone Rouge, can’t be ignored when discussing talented women in music. After a serious brain surgery that left her unable to speak or write music, she’s made an unbelievably inspiring comeback and continues to take over the world with her unique blend of hip-hop and electronica. Having recently secured a residency with BBC Radio 1, it’s clear that TOKiMONSTA is back and better than ever.
This eclectic LA native brings her organic rave roots to the music scene in a way that is honest, exciting and refreshing. Acting as a pioneer for women who produce all of their own music, DUCKY has a Twitch stream where she produces and DJs live, hosts a subscriber-only Discord to chat with fans, and continues to support other musicians via her Rave Toolz platform. Her recent I Fall In Love With Everyone I Meet EP showcases her diverse inspirations and quickly evolving sound. She recently teamed up with TWONK for the release of a brand new single, “Speed Test,” and we can’t wait to keep watching her progress.
Icon collective graduate HVDES is bringing back hard-hitting electro vibes in a dark and powerful way. The Los Angeles-based producer and DJ grew up in the punk scene and eventually found beats in rehab when she was 17 years old. Now, six years later, she’s quickly making an impact and has garnered support from Your EDM, Nest HQ, and more. Her most recent release, a remix of AWAY’s “Sleepwalker,” proves that she’s only just getting started.
Australia’s Annabel Hartlett, aka Godlands, is one of bass music’s most exciting up-and-comers. Taking four years to learn her craft, the self-taught musician has seen an organic incline that won’t be stopping any time soon. The trap queen has an uncanny ability to transform beats into club anthems with a festival-ready style that has earned airplay on triple j, a support slot on QUIX’s upcoming STORM tour, and will see her take on her very own Pleasures tour in honor of her upcoming single by the same name. Keep an eye out for Godlands because it’s only a matter of time before she makes her American debut.
Denver’s Maddy O’Neal has a fierce determination to become a female leader in a male-dominated live electronic genre. The talented beat-maker combines her rock n’ roll roots with old-school hip-hop inspirations, live instrumentation and jazz influences for a sound that rivals artists like GRiZ and Big Gigantic. Quickly becoming a highly sought after artist in the Colorado scene and beyond, O’Neal has a dynamic sound that has found her on huge lineups, including Electric Forest, Summer Camp Festival and Big Gigantic’s Rowdytown event at Red Rocks.
Bonnie X Clyde
Male/female duos don’t typically make their way onto female-only features, but it would be wrong to ignore 1/2 of Bonnie X Clyde when talking about talented women. Paige Lopynski, aka Bonnie, is just as much of a contributor to her successful project as her talented male counterpart! Lending her unbelievable songwriting, singing, DJ and production capabilities to the team, Lopynski is consistently praised by her partner in crime, Clyde, and has even held her own on solo performances. The ‘vocal bass’ duo has garnered millions of streams, has supported acts like Skrillex and RL Grime, and has graced the decks at major music festivals like Nocturnal Wonderland, Middlelands, Life Is Beautiful and more.
It’s no secret that WHIPPED CREAM is quickly becoming one of bass music’s leading ladies, but it would be a crime not to mention the Canadian producer and DJ. Caroline Cecil, aka WHIPPED CREAM, is an uncompromising spokesperson for gender equality in the scene and proves that gender has nothing to do with slaying it both in the studio and on the stage. Her Gesaffelstein-influenced productions receive nonstop support from Nest HQ, Your EDM and more. She is currently killing it on her Genesis headline tour before she heads to Australia with NGHTMRE and SLANDER as direct support on their Gud Vibrations tour. Make sure to check out her brand new guest mix on Dr. Fresch’s The Prescription series.
Space bass alien Lucy is the queen of all things trippy. Having only just revealed her debut EP, it’s clear that we still have a lot more to look out for from the Florida native. Otherwise known as Emily Rose, the producer/DJ has brought her sound to Warped Horizon, Pass The Good, Asteria Music Festival and currently holds a residency at Dubday Orlando. She’ll be landing her spaceship at The Untz Festival and Dancefestopia this year and we don’t recommend missing her set. If anyone throws down proper, it’s this girl.
Pink-haired DJ and producer Blossom has quickly engrained herself as one of the major players in a rapidly growing Phoenix EDM Scene. Since she studied at the highly coveted Dubspot in Los Angeles, Blossom has performed at Global Dance Festival, Phoenix Lights, Decadence, and Wet Electric, and has shared the stage with names like Slushii, AC Slater, Kill The Noise and Steve Aoki. She is also the co-founder of Phoenix-based event company The Happy Camper and hosts DJ lessons directly in Phoenix. In 2016, Blossom’s production talents won her a release with Dim Mak as part of an official remix package for MORTEN and she commonly teases high quality productions on her Instagram story that prove she is a producer to look out for. She also puts out fire mixes so make sure to check those out.
Team Supreme beat collective member and Unspeakable Records founder Dot is one of the LA beat scene’s most skillful ladies. As a consistent champion for other women in the scene, her own talent cannot be ignored as she continues to release quality work that borders between electronic, indie and R&B styles. The producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist has been praised by the best in tastemaker media, including features in Pitchfork, LA Weekly, Nest HQ and more. She continues to tour regularly as a live performer, has produced for major artists (including SZA) and writes music for film, television, and commercials. Dot’s extensive knowledge of music production and creative strategies also led to her participation as a panelist at Loop Berlin: Ableton’s summit for music makers. Dot continues to impress with each and every endeavor and she is definitely one to follow.
Once referred to as the ‘female Shawn Wasabi,’ JVNA is a DJ, producer and launchpad enthusiast to look out for. The Los Angeles and San Fransisco native is a multidimensional musician who continues to stand out with powerful releases that fall within the spectrums of future bass, trap, dubstep and more. You can find her singing on covers, remixing popular video game themes, sharing live launchpad performances or showcasing her streetwear style on Instagram. She recently performed at LA’s famous Union nightclub and continues to utilize her classical training for releases that consistently gain major traction. I give it a matter of years before JVNA becomes a household name.
20-year-old producer and DJ Zen Selekta is one of Atlanta’s fastest rising electronic artists. Her sound takes inspiration from world bass and deep dubstep as she follows her mission to ‘unify humanity through transcending melodies of passion and healing sounds.’ Zen Selekta’s Nicole Barton has graced the decks at festivals like Okeechobee and Imagine, and she has secured opening slots for major names like Caspa and CloZee. Her interesting approach to songwriting is quickly gaining recognition and we can’t wait to see her tribal sound generate more hype.