Stand together this International Women’s Day by celebrating these talented and skilled female DJs.
Thursday 8th March 2018 is International Women’s Day — a day to celebrate the political, economic, social and cultural achievement of women from all walks of life. So what better way to celebrate than to shine a light on some of the stellar female DJs on the MN2S roster.
Melody Kane is one of BBC Radio 1Xtra’s best up and coming DJs. After providing some of the station’s most popular guest mixes, Kane is currently hosting her own weekly show for the station. Key to Melody’s appeal is her ability to present serious club selections with her trademark infectious energy. With sets at clubs and festivals all over the world under her belt and a 1Xtra residency well underway, 2018 is shaping up to be Melody Kane’s year.
A fellow 1Xtra alumni, Gemma Cairney has since moved onto BBC Radio 1, presenting the breakfast show every weekend. The multi-talented DJ and presenter has also branched out into TV, hosting hard-hitting documentaries for BBC; into styling, working with some of the UK’s leading artists; and into writing—her first book, Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be, is an optimistic guide for young readers.
New York native Nomi Ruiz lent her sultry vocals to some of Hercules and Love Affair’s signature tracks. French Vogue tagged her as the one ‘girl to follow’, and The Guardian has sung her praises. Releases music under this name and as Jessica 6, Nomi has established herself as a future pop icon, able to perform on stage and in the booth with equal skill.
DJ Paulette is one of the most esteemed and experienced disc jockeys in the world. She’s had residencies at legendary clubs like Manchester’s iconic Hacienda, Frankfurt’s Cocoon, and Ibiza Rocks. She hosts radio shows on Reform Radio and Gaydio. Paulette’s crate digging prowess is unrivalled. She constructs her sets from rare funk and disco grooves alongside deep house and techno cuts, creating an intoxicating mix readymade for any dancefloor.
DJ Rae is just as well-known for her ability in the studio than for her skills in the booth. Rae’s self-penned, self-produced releases on labels like Defected have become major clubland hits. When performing, Rae flawlessly blends DJing and singing, captivating clubbers around the world. She’s been an Ibiza resident, toured with Pacha and The Hacienda Classical, and played solo gigs worldwide at the likes of ADE and Ministry of Sound.
London-born DJ Kayper is responsible for some of MadDecent and Spinnin’ Records’ best releases of recent years, with her tracks like ‘Someone’ and ‘Magic Faces’ gaining major BBC Radio 1 support. Excelling just as well in the DJ booth, Kayper played at MN2S’s 2016 ADE party on a bill with legends DJ Jazzy Jeff and Kenny Dope.
Australian DJ Havana Brown has played everywhere from Korea to Tokyo to France. She performed her debut single — the hit ‘We Run the Night’ — on America’s Got Talent. She’s acted as the touring DJ for a who’s who of musical icons, including Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. Known for blending club and pop sensibilities, Havana Brown’s releases have reached number one on multiple occasions.
Nora En Pure
Maverick DJ Nora En Pure fuses indie dance and deep house in her DJ sets. Her own productions are always floorfillers, with ‘You Make Me Float’ in particular dominating dancefloors worldwide. Versed in other genres like classical, pop, and rock music, Nora always brings a melodic sensibility to her sets around the world.
Sarah Jane Crawford
Another multi-disciplinarian, Sarah Jane Crawford has presented several shows for BBC Radio, including several slots on 1Xtra — one of which was to celebrate International Women’s Day, no less. Outside of DJing, Crawford has turned her hand to TV presenting, feature film acting, and voiceover work.
After winning the BBC’s Sound Of poll at the start of her career, Little Boots has turned her early success into an enduring career as one of the UK’s best DJ/singer/songwriters. With three studio albums under her belt and countless mixtapes and EPs, Little Boots remains one to watch, even after years of success.