Ang?

It’s safe to say that DJ and or­gan­iser An­gela We­ickl, AKA Ang, is part of the glue that binds Cape Town’s cel­e­brated elec­tronic mu­sic scene to­gether. speaks to the artist ahead of her set at the Cape Town Elec­tronic Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

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You may not have heard of her be­fore, but An­gela We­ickl, AKA Ang, keeps the Cape Town elec­tronic mu­sic scene pump­ing. She’s been a DJ, in­dus­try stal­wart, back room voice and net­worker among artists for years. So Ang, how do you feel about play­ing the Cape Town Elec­tronic Mu­sic Fes­ti­val this year?

It’s quite a pin­na­cle for any­one to play at this fes­ti­val. I’m re­ally ex­cited and I’m go­ing to be on The Ter­race stage – a bal­cony sec­tion of Cape Town City Hall – on Fri­day at sun­down, so it’s go­ing to be a re­ally awe­some set. It seems women are few and far be­tween on the elec­tronic scene (and ba­si­cally all mu­sic scenes). What’s with that? Are women more be­hind the scenes?

Women are very driven and or­gan­ised, so they do re­ally well be­hind the scenes. But also, when it comes to be­ing a per­former of any kind, you have to work a lot harder to be no­ticed and get the same op­por­tu­ni­ties men are get­ting. It’s a great com­pli­ment to be in a strong po­si­tion be­hind the scenes be­cause you’re so trusted and able to pay at­ten­tion to de­tail in dif­fer­ent ways than men do. But it’s also re­ally awe­some to be cho­sen as a per­former. I’ve no­ticed most women in elec­tronic mu­sic fea­ture on the vo­cal track of a male DJ’s song, but there are so few who are do­ing the ac­tual pro­duc­ing, the nitty-gritty tech­ni­cal stuff. Do you think there’s a men­tal bar­rier for women – like we feel we can’t do it be­cause it’s ‘boys’ stuff ’?

The role mod­els for women are few and far be­tween. If you look back at dance mu­sic his­tory, there are few women who are fo­cused enough com­pared with men. If you’re grow­ing up and don’t think a woman can do

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