The EDM industry is known to be dominated by men, whether they’re artists, producers, managers, or publicists. If it seems like there aren’t enough female artists, you may be right. However, women are breaking through these barriers every day. This is most apparent at EDC Las Vegas this year, featuring 10 total female artists on the bill.
EDC is known for their commitment to diversity, while always bringing the best of the best. This year, some of the best just happen to be female. More than ever, it’s important to support this movement toward equality in dance music. Some of the ladies on the lineup this year represent their respective countries, some of which don’t have a strong dance music community or are places where women don’t have equal rights.
These female artists are breaking the mold, and crushing stereotypes. They are changing the face of dance music one set at a time. For that, us women in the industry will be forever grateful. Here is a list of each female artist on the EDCLV lineup this year, so you can get acquainted with each one before heading to the Las Vegas Motorspeedway. You can see the entire lineup of EDCLV 2018 here.
A DJ specializing in Hardcore, Barbara Palermo comes from Piacenza, Italy. Not only is she one of the few Hardcore artists on the EDCLV lineup, she’s also one of the few Hardcore female artists ever. With her huge basslines and charismatic on-stage personality, it’s not hard to see why she’s a force to be reckoned with. Palermo released her first studio album in 2016 entitled Exterminate which helped cement her presence in the Hardcore/Hardstyle community.
Like DJ AniMe, DJ Stephanie has also been making waves in the bass community with her particular brand of hardstyle. Stefania Alessia hails from Bassano del Grappa, Italy. She and DJ AniMe are known as the queens of Italian Hardcore. Their styles, however, are very different. Alessia’s Hardcore has more of a pop meets Hardcore vibe, with ethereal vocals and uplifting basslines that hit hard, which is in stark contrast to AniMe’s more raw, edgy vibe. Alessia, along with AniMe are bringing the heavy basslines to EDC, and to a community that is begging for a fresh new sound.
Lady Faith is the third female hardstyle artist on the EDCLV lineup. She began her musical journey in Tehran, Iran. A place where women musicians, or dance music rarely exist. She came the the United States following her passion for dance music, specifically hardstyle. Unlike AniMe and Stehpanie, Lady Faith fuses multiple genres in her music from uplifting trance to pop vocals and layers them over hard basslines. Whomever said that women may not know anything about bass music clearly haven’t heard Lady Faith, or the two previous female artists. Lady Faith is bringing her unique brand of hardstyle to EDCLV, and she’s also opening the door or other female artists who want to do the same.
From Mexico City, Jessica Audiffred has established her own niche sound of trap mixed with dubstep. Jessica has garnered attention from Skrillex, the DJ Mag top 100, and Flux Pavilion ,who signed her to his Circus Records label. What sets Jessica apart from other female artists on the EDCLV lineup is not just her collective mix of bass genres; it’s the fact that she’s also her own producer. Producing tracks alongside Flux Pavilion and NGHTMRE, Jessica has been working with the heavy hitters of bass music to establish herself as the Mexican Bass Queen.
Kittens, aka Lauren Abedini, comes from Los Angeles and is known for her future bass, hip-hop, trap vibes. She’s earned support from Usher, Skrillex, Gaslamkilla, and A-Trak. Her knowledge of hip-hop is celebrated by being layered over eclectic basslines, future synths, and low-temp beats. When she isn’t performing, Kittens hosts a series of workshops that aim to teach women how to DJ, called PWR. All proceeds from the workshops are donated to women’s shelters. Not only does Lauren break the mold of hip-hop/bass fusion, she is also committed to helping other women advance their musical careers, making her a very dynamic artist and an interesting addition to the EDCLV lineup.