If I make my way out to a lounge, club, or any social gathering; 9 times out of 10 when I look up, there’s a guy responsible for spinning the records. Though a lack of diversity in the DJ scene is expected, don’t lose sight of the women who’ve been holding their own and are more importantly – are doing it well.
Like most industries, the male influence is dominant, but there is no shortage of boss women behind the turntables. To name a few; these women you should become a fan of, if not already. Whether you consider them “veterans” or potential stars on an upward trajectory; they deserve some shine now. They make it look easy, but trust these ladies ain’t nothing to play with! Today is National DJ Day and to celebrate we’re listing a few of our favorite boss babes.
Check them out below, and remember who put you on!
I had to start off with our very own IT-Girl. I’ll assume if you’re reading this you already know Vashtie is a multi-hyphenate talent. She’s been active in her career for over a decade, and her skillset shows no bounds. She is highly-favored by some of the industry’s biggest names; Solange, Justin Bieber, Joey BadA$$, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar for starters. Outside of DJ’ing and playing some of NYC’s hottest events, she’s an entrepreneur and inspiration to many.
The Palestinian Sister Act (Simi & Haze Khadra) turned their passion for music into a career worthwhile. “They’re 360-degree creatives who graduated in the top two percent of their class at the University of Southern California and are building their own multifaceted empire. The twins are models and muses, having been tapped for Cartier campaigns and appeared as the faces of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White eyewear campaign. They’re DJs who go from playing the biggest parties at the Cannes Film Festival to the annual MoMA garden party in New York to spinning tunes at Coachella” (via Notion Magazine).
Cash has DJ’ed the main party, the after-party and the parties we dream of getting into. Her clientele is top tier, to say the very least. Spinning for brands like Chanel, Tiffany, Fenty, Dior, etc. and on top of that respected musicians like Migos, Khalid, A$AP Rocky, and Playboi Carti. She’s a Brooklyn native, and youthful force you can’t help but be drawn too. You’ll find her Live Radio Show “Voila After Dark” on NTS, where she “celebrates the diversity and evolution of R&B through deep cuts and remixes”; and for older mixes/mixtapes check out her Soundcloud here.
“A staple in London culture and now internationally known, Siobhan Bell has made a name for herself as a skilled DJ and producer, trend-setter and music curator. South East London raised, Siobhan, moved to Hackney when she was 18 and credits the area for “creatively opening my mind to new things and people” Always on the move, she sets the blueprint for designing the life you want to live. Whether it’s DJing at fashion week, her own tour, or headlining parties across all corners of the world” (via @trippin.world). Link to her Soundcloud.
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Last Night I DJ’d for #blackgirlsrockfest and wow… the energy in that theatre was incredible. We ROCKED OUT last night! I want to thank the whole @blackgirlsrock team for making me feel so at home here in DC. And thank you thank you thank you to @djbeverlybond who is a living legend. #bgrfest 📹 @byaib
The NYC-based fine artist, Quiana Parks, understands the importance of connectedness and finding your voice. Another sound powerhouse whose capability seems infinite. Some of her titles include “DJ, producer, visual artist…she captivates audiences with her effortless fusion of disco, pop, house, hip-hop, and R&B. At times, Quiana is known to paint while spinning her sonic canvas. Quiana’s interdisciplinary approach to the turn-tables elevates the DJ game and illustrates her true artistic facility” (Park’s bio). Her vibrant energy and seamless talent provoke young passionate women to live their lives in all aspects. She occupies spaces on her own terms, and there is no room to be complacent. Link to her website and SoundCloud here.
- DJ Francis Grasso invented beatmatching.
- Grand Wizzard Theodore invented the scratching technique.
- Jimmy Savile is claimed to be the first DJ ever.