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
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