Female DJ’s: Make the extra effort!By Olivier Meijs, 11/8/2017
One of our quickly developing talents, Dina van Diest, linked us to this Dutch video about the lack of female DJ's. Very aware of this sad status, we as DJ School are proud to show the percentages of ladies in our line-ups.
In the 7 years of doing Club Nights with Dj School Amsterdam, we gave 194 DJ's their first moment to shine. 47 Of them are women, so that's about 25%. Not enough yet, but much better than the average in the scene.
At the 7 events we did in 2017 so far, we even reach 33%, so things are improving! Being used to train men ánd women, our team of coaches doesn't notice ány difference in talent between sexes.
Even better: as DJ'ing is a profession that is best done with a strong social sense and sensitive character, women could even be better suited for the job than men.
As we all know, 'breaking though' in the scene doesn't have as much to do with DJ-skills, as it has with attitude and entrepeneurship. So, our focus whilst developing our female talents is more and more to empower them to actually 'get to work' and shake off any possible hesitation or doubt.
A quotum, as suggested in this video, will not work. In any form of art, craftsmanship and quality will always decide if there is an audience for someone. Not gender. But female DJ's dó have to make more of an effort to get to that stage than guys. And eventually, the extra effort pays off.
We are proud to have trained now-prominent female DJ's such as Nafthaly Ramona, Maj Ulbrand, Sirena, DNA, Grace Dahl and many others who are currently proving it's possible to reach the big-boys' stages when starting from zero.