It’s no secret that festival lineups are historically dominated by men. Although Camp Bisco boasts a notoriously open-minded and accepting atmosphere, the longstanding festival is no exception to a disproportionately low female artist count. To chastise Camp Bisco for its lack of progressiveness, though, would be unfair. The system as a whole, the dance music industry, has always provided less opportunity for women. But rather than harp on this negativity, I wanted to feature the three female acts on the first phase lineup of Camp Bisco, to celebrate their accomplishments in carving out distinct spaces in the dance music market over the past year–and, in the case of Anna Lunoe, few years.
Hyper House is an appropriate name for the Aussie house producer and vocalist’s current brand, as her high-energy DJ sets bring crowds in by the droves. An impeccable sense of groove drives Anna Lunoe’s production, and to quote the fab house queen herself, she “always delivers.”
Mija is OWSLA’s queen, a DJ first and producer second (though now well-established as both). Her musical style is just as adorable as her fashion style, but she is dead serious about pushing her career past what is expected of her as a producer so new to the scene.
REZZ is the fresh new female face of Mau5trap, having won Deadmau5 over with her dark and hypnotizing midtempo industrial techno. Her churning basslines evoke a feeling of uneasiness that is completely captivating. At only 21, her DJ sets are already unparalleled, and her sound design will melt your face off.
Hopefully 2017 will bring more women to the stages, but until the day we see equal opportunity for each gender (and everyon in between), cheers to the ladies who are defying the odds!
∆ Grace Sandford
Photo credits: Josh Goleman