By now you have no doubt heard about Paris Hilton winning the title of ‘Top Female DJ of 2014’. Now before we all get worked up with the fully warranted knee jerk reaction, it is important to note that this title was awarded to her by a French Youth station. If Radio Disney voted Paris Hilton ‘Top Female DJ of 2014’, we wouldn’t really be talking about it that much.. so ignore the click bait and note the context! That being said, our mind immediately raced through the countless women who deserve acclaim more than her before we even got to that note.
Now, Mixmag does have a tendency to blow things out of proportion for the sake of traffic; remember that Nina Kraviz article? Compare their version of events to her original words. That is just another example of how sexist this industry is, when Seth Troxler comments on EDM vs The Underground, everyone goes “He’s telling it like it is!” or “Jesus, Seth, shut up!” but when Nina Kraviz does it, they just want to talk about a pretty girl talking about an orgasm rather than actually address the content of her words. It is the same type of sexism that sleights true artists and chooses a plastic doll pumped out of a marketing-machine to represent an entire sex.
We like to think we have a little more journalistic integrity than that, so, here are a dozen women (in no particular order) that deserve way more attention than Paris Hilton.
It’s only right that we start this list with Nina Kraviz. We decided to show you her Acid mix at Space Ibiza from 2013 just to re-emphasize the fact that she does not care about people getting hysterical over a drop, she is about the journey. She is a talented DJ, producer, and the scene’s voice of reason at times. She deserves respect.
How could we not put Maya Jane Coles on this list? With over 2 million soundcloud followers, it’s not like she is a hidden gem by any means. She earned her status as a superstar by delivering impeccable productions and flawless mixing every. Damn. Time. The same cannot be said for Paris Hilton….
A reportedly killer set at HARD DOTD has made the masses in SoCal realize that Austrailia’s Anna Lunoe has been making waves on a large scale for some time now. With premieres on Thump, releases on ULTRA, collabs with Flume and TEED, you would think that the mainstream would know Anna, and recognize that she can out-anything Paris Hilton. Well….. Maybe not eeeverything.
Check out their 6 hour set at Stereo, Montreal. Yeah, 6 hours. Some DJs can barely spin for 6 minutes. What else do you want me to say? Their work speaks for itself.
NYC’s Louisahhh!!! has been killing it ever since she joined Brodinski’s Bromance Records. Her dark and edgy sound is saturated in New York fashion vibes, and personally, we think Louisahhh!!! is much more stylish than the Hilton heiress. She is a classy, talented individual who is permanently in vogue; a true tastemaker.
Hamburg’s Xenia Belliayeva has been a playhous favorite since way before the idea of playhous was even formed. Her tracks ‘Soldier’ and ‘Stripclub’ are timeless and are always in heavy rotation in our studio. Her brand of Techno, featuring her intoxicating vocals and provocative bass-lines, is second to none. Check out her Radio Xenbel mixes to see why we love her so much.
One of Desolat’s biggest artists and tINI and the Gang’s ringleader tINI has made a name for herself with her brand of deep four on the floor. With a background in playing the drums, it is no wonder that she is able to craft impossibly intoxicating grooves. According to a couple of Playhous writers, her set at Public Works San Francisco in 2013 was one of the sets of the year for the city, resulting in a night that we still talk about. To have scenesters still talking about one night around a year later, you have to be good. You have to be better than good. You have to be tINI.
Dirtybird’s resident Femme Fatale is a genius. Not in the, “oh Paris Hilton is a marketing genius!” kind of way, she is literally a genius. A straight A System Engineering student at the renowned University of Illinois School Of Engineering, and a mad scientist in the studio, J.Phlip is the quintessential example of Brains x Beauty. Those are some pretty damn good reasons to be worshiped, what did Paris Hilton do again?
Berlin’s Anja Schneider has just graced the decks on BBC Radio One’s Essential Mix. This mix series has been the gold standard for years and has cemented countless artists’ status as top-tier DJ/Producers. We would get into the many reasons why Anja deserves to be on this list and list off her impressive credentials, but Pete Tong and, of course, Anja Schneider herself, certainly do it better. This two hours is Deep House at its finest; at a time where the genre has been ever-increasingly liberally assigned to tracks, she takes listeners on a journey that transcends it all with it’s emotional delivery and flawless technicality.
Detroit’s Magda is the underground. Her brand of electronic music is saturated in trippy, warehouse vibes, and with the right crowd it is a guaranteed party starter. One of the last parties I went to in San Francisco was Magda’s appearance at Public Works (in case you haven’t noticed, Public Works showcases some of the hottest underground/Techno events in the Bay, this venue is a must for those passing through the City) and I can personally attest to her ability to rock a dancefloor. If you don’t know, now you know.
Head of London based Deep Bass label Kokeshi, Alley Cat has made a name for herself and her roster of artists that range through all BPMs of bass with her unique sound and dedicated passion. Her mix from her Kokeshi Takeover at Fabric in 2012 is one that we still bump on a regular basis. Check her and her label out now to enjoy levels of deepness that would cause Paris Hilton to implode.
The female half of YuanFen has just started making her way on her own, with a killer original track and this mixtape flaunting her skills. She shows you that she can hold her own and is certainly a new female DJ/Producer to pay attention to this year. Her Garage influenced sound as a part of YuanFen has killing it in the UK this year, and for good reason. We look forward to seeing what she does as a solo artist!