Last year, River Beats wrote an editorial about Lost Lands Music Festival lacking women. This year, history repeats itself with a small number of women on the lineup, but an improvement compared to last year. I know how contradictory it can be to break a lineup down based on gender, but it’s so damn hard when there are so few women DJ’s on lineups. It’s not new news that the music industry, ESPECIALLY electronic music, is primarily male-dominated. If you want to get your panties in a twist because someone is speaking up about it, so be it.
WHIPPED CREAM is one of those people calling the lack of diversity out. Yesterday, she tweeted a photo with the caption “IM THE ONLY GIRL PLAYING ON MAIN STAGE FRIDAY @ LOST LANDS AND I WILL BE PLAYING MY HEAVIEST SET TO DATE.”
IM THE ONLY GIRL PLAYING ON MAIN STAGE FRIDAY @ LOST LANDS AND I WILL BE PLAYING MY HEAVIEST SET TO DATE 🚾 pic.twitter.com/BbPMuVGcqh
— WHIPPED CREAM (@WHIPPEDCREAM) September 24, 2019
Naturally, people attacked her.
“Why are you putting down other women on the lineup?”
“You’re not the only woman playing at Lost Lands, why are you so cocky?!”
But honestly, it’s upsetting that out of 35 artists playing on Friday, there’s only a handful of women.
After the post blew up on Twitter, she took to Instagram to explain her statement a bit more. Obviously, it was never meant to be patronizing towards other DJ’s, especially women, but rather a boost of motivation for those that find themselves defeated by the state of the industry.
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When ur a female music producer u got a target on ur back already and having lived through it , that’s just facts We aren’t treated equally because we aren’t respected equally I will never let the negative challenges and unnecessary bullshit I have to face nearly every day win. there’s far too much good and far too many people to inspire to ever stop where I’m destined to be. I want all women to be treated as equals in dance music
The electronic music industry is very male-dominated and if you are saying it’s not, you’re blind. Just because there are women “killing it” does not mean that the genre is oversaturated with men. And yeah, we still have a lot of work to do.
Whipped cream has built an entire career off saying “im the only girl” bitch make good music first what the fuck
— CHARLES EDWARD GARY is going to WAKAAN (@chucksta666) September 25, 2019
Also, go support these badass women at Lost Lands this weekend!
Featured image via Mathias Cruz.