Here’s 10 women lead­ing the charge in our clubs and on our air­waves

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Jim Car­roll

Some things never change. For many years, this writer com­piled the club list­ings for The Ticket. Week in and week out, the clubs, venues and DJs changed lit­tle as new and old names swapped places.

But one thing re­mained con­stant and that was the low num­ber of women DJs, with a few ex­cep­tions such as Lisa Lashes. In­deed, if you look at last year’s DJ Mag­a­zine run­down of the Top 100 DJs in the world as voted by their read­ers, you’ll only find two fe­male acts on the list ( Nervo and Krewella).

The same anom­aly ap­plies to Ir­ish ra­dio with very few fe­male voices to be found on the na­tional mu­si­cal air­waves. It’s bet­ter than it used to be, thanks to Louise Duffy, Jenny Greene and Jen­nifer Maguire, but it’s still strik­ing.

To mark In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, here’s The Ticket’s favourite 10 women DJs. It may also be the only such list you’ll ever find with­out the ter­ri­ble “chicks with decks” head­line.

( 1) An­nie Mac The Dubliner now run­ning things on BBC Ra­dio One’s evening show.

( 2) Nina Kraviz Den­tistry’s loss is club­bing’s gain in the shape of the Siberian elec­tronic mu­sic champ. And she’s be play­ing in Dublin on March 16th.

( 3) St­effi Dutch DJ long res­i­dent at Ber­lin’s Panorama Bar and pro­duc­ing great al­bums such as Yours & Mine. ( 4) Kelly- Anne Byrne Her Satur­day night show on To­day FM is a weekly must- hear for all funk, disco and boo­gie fans. ( 5) Ellen Al­lien The Ber­liner that’s also be­hind the Bpitch Con­trol la­bel.

( 6) Alison Curtis 135,000 lis­ten­ers to her Satur­day morn­ing break­fast show on To­day FM can’t be wrong.

( 7) An­nie Nightin­gale She’s still on air on BBC Ra­dio 1 af­ter all th­ese years be­cause she’s still so damn good.

( 8) Lil­ian Smith It’s time for RTE to bring back the best pre­sen­ter of all of Ra­dio One’s Late Date.

( 9) Aoife Nic Canna One of the pi­o­neers of Ir­ish club­land and now broad­cast­ing on Near FM.

( 10) DJ Anna The Brazil­ian DJ and pro­ducer is build­ing up a head of steam on the back of her res­i­dency at Sao Paulo’s D- Edge Club.

Club­bing’s gain: Nina Kraviz

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