BY TARYN MCCARTHY
There is a staggering lack of a female DJs and EDM artists. According to an article in LA Weekly, to date, no female artist has ever headlined a major EDM festival. Female DJ Colette Marino emphasized saying that she really doesn’t understand why there is a lack of women in electronic music, but thinks that this absence needs to be addressed. Colette also mentioned that in the past five years, she has seen a significant increase in women in electronic music. To further emphasize this female deficiency in electronic music, in 2016, only 3.2% of the acts at Beyond Wonderland, an EDM-focused music festival, were female-identifying acts. At EDM-focused music festival Ultra, there were about 7.5% female-identifying acts. While this article did note that these numbers had increased from their first analysis in 2014, the numbers are still astoundingly low.
DJ MADDØG, also known as Madison True, is hoping to influence the presence of females in electronic music. Pursuing a passion like producing electronic dance music, is difficult, especially without many women mentors in the genre. Bloomington is lucky to have a strong core of women DJs and women in EDM. Artists like DJ MADDØG have impressed audiences all over the country.