Article by Haley Edelson
After a long day at the festival on Friday, and a few stints downtown to catch the after-parties, I found my self surprisingly upbeat, energetic, and overall ready for what Saturday would bring.
It's no doubt that electronic music has caught the attention of the masses. Since the recent explosion of the genre in 2011, it seems that just about everyone has embraced it. Whether its 'deep house' to 'tropical trap rap' to 'moombahton' the genres continue to expand with a now more than ever diverse roster of seriously mind bending choices. We rounded up a mix of twelve songs that are worthy of so much play time it's ri-dic-u-lous.
While the wide-ranging list encompasses DJs from all sects of the EDM world, it fails to include one thing - women. Not one female DJ made the list this year. In fact, Claudia Cazacu is the only women to make the list since 2007, earning her spot as number 93. In a scene that’s fairly equi-gender when it comes to the fan base, I really have to wonder, what gives? Where are the female DJs?
Maybe it stems from the old-school days when DJs had to carry heavy boxes of vinyl with them into clubs. But it’s 2012, and most DJs walk up to the decks with a backpack toting their Macbook and headphones. Maybe it’s like every other genre of music, where men can be as hideously-grotesque or obese but their talent reigns over their looks, whereas women are judged on their appearance before their talent. But Deadmau5 isn't exactly a supermodel, and he sports a giant mouse head while performing so he doesn’t scare away the crowd.