The annual DJ Mag Top 100 results are more than enough a reason to draw the unavoidable conclusion many have been screaming out loud for years. Women are underrepresented (and underappreciated) in a music world dominated by their male counterparts. And if they do find themselves on top of the big, bad Electronic Music industry, there’s no telling what crap they have to endure in order to maintain their position and success.
The conclusion could be drawn that the success of female DJs depends heavily on their looks, rather than their skills. It would be very much like their male counterparts having to possess ridiculous amounts of charisma in order to get the crowd going. After all, being a wonderful piece of eye-candy or a charismatic leader works a charm.
But this is also the root of the problem. It’s inexplicably difficult to be taken seriously when talents are disregarded like a worn-out tablecloth, simply because ‘they’ only care about gorgeous long hairs, seductive smiles, and captivating winks.
As one of the most talented female DJs of present-day society, we asked Pretty Pink about her thoughts on the matter. And she was pretty clear about whether or not looks determine the success of female DJs.
“Looks can’t make up a lack in skill, knowledge or unique creative ideas. As a matter a fact, good looks don’t determine a successful career at all. In the underground Deep-House scene, looks have never been important and will never be.
“However, female DJs getting bashed by the media is a common issue. Even if you are skilled, have great talent, and work on both releases as well as the business side of music, some people think that DJ’ing is a man’s job and this overshadows a lot.”
This begs the question what would have to change in the industry. Should we alter our attitude towards female DJs in order for them to flourish themselves? Or should we treat them differently and ‘help’ them reach the top, which is where the problem started in the first place? Well, here’s the answer…
“It’s a matter of attitude and personality. If you really believe in your work as a female DJ, you can make it to the top right now. I don’t think this will ever change in the future. I’m one hundred percent sure that we don’t have to force or change anything in this world right now.
“Music is a demanding industry and you need a lot of discipline and a great team that you can trust in order to be successful. These are the exact same foundations on which successful male DJs build their careers on, and this leaves me wondering why these prejudices exist to begin with. So girls, stay strong! Work hard and believe in yourself. Make sure you accomplish everything you set out to do when you started doing what you love in the first place. If you know what you are doing, you can make it!”
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