Electronic dance music is surging to the forefront of mainstream success and getting popular mainly among youth. There are so many industries including music that are dominated by men. However, the contribution of females in music industry is increasing steadily each year. The female DJs are always present in the music industry since 1974.
Karen Mixon Cook in 1974 became the first professional female DJ in the world. Since then, women have taken on the male-dominated world of electronic music to show that they are just as capable of producing great mixes and playlists. They perform at major events around the world, selling their own albums and some have even started their own record labels.
Being a female DJ in a scene partially dominated by men is somewhat a difficult task. A few female DJs in the world have gained the popularity they deserved. The female DJs listed here are some of the leading ladies in the electronic dance music industry.The following is a list of 15 best female DJs around the world:
Best Female DJs List
1. Charlotte De Witte
Charlotte De Witte is a Belgian DJ and record producer famous for her “dark and stripped back” brand of minimal techno and acid techno music. She has been producing electronic music since she was 18 years old and had already produced two EPs for Black Box recordings and Klockworks. She is one of the highest paid DJs around the world
Around 2009, she began to explore nightclub scenes, where she was drawn to electronic dance music. She started DJing in 2010, and after two years, mainly electro-music, her production work commenced two years later. Releasing her debut EP in 2013, she started her journey as a female DJ. Following a string of EPs on Bad Life and Crux Records, her 2015 single “You’re Mine” became a hit.
In 2019, she launched he own label, KNTXT. Famous artists such as Chris Liebing, Monoloc, Alignment have been welcomed on her label. Charlotte De Witte is one of the most popular DJs in the world. She had also won ‘Best techno Artist (female)’ twice in International Dance Music Awards.
2. Monika Kruse
Monika Kruse is a German techno DJ & producer, best known for being a disc jockey girl. She is the one who did most of the live performances than any other female Dj in the world. She is one of the highest paid female DJ with net worth estimated to be 1.5 million. Monika Kruse is Germany’s “first lady” of techno music and has appeared at legendary events like Burning Man and ADE.
At the age of just four, she began classical training in piano and during her teens, she accumulated collection music that spanned funk, hip-hop, soul and house. Kruse’s involvement in the DJ scenes began in 1991 and her involvement in the blossoming techno scene deepened at the end of 1993. She moved to Berlin to join the city’s renowned techno scene, where she began her Terminal M record label in 2000.
In 2017, she made her debut on the BBC Radio 1, where the hist Pete Tong described her as “Techno royalty”. She is one of the best female DJs and remains a prominent fixture on international house and techno scenes with the famous European DJs.
3. Alison Wonderland
Alexandra Margo Sholler, who performs as Alison Wonderland, is one of the best DJs of all time. She is an Australian electronic dance music producer, DJ and singer. Besides being famous for her music, she is outspoken about her mental health support and often shares her experience with her fans.
She grew up in Sydney, where she trained as a classical musician, specializing in cello. During 2012-13, she also worked as a remixer of infamous albums. Her debut album ‘Run’ was released in 2015 and gained popularity by number 6 in ARIA Albums Chart. Her second album ‘Awake’ debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums.
Being one of the top female DJs, she is also the highest billed female DJ in Coachella history. In 2019, she toured the USA, Europe and Australia extensively and became one of the top DJs in the world. She is also profiled in the documentary film ‘Underplayed’in 2020.
A Ukrainian girl who started her career unexpectedly in 2005 is one of the best DJs in the world. Nastia has no musical background and made her name in the electronic dance music industry based on actual talent and love behind music. After coming to the city, she realized that she had a knack for being a DJ.
She oversees the studio at the infamous KISS FM radio station, where she also has her radio show. Nastia’s weekly radio show is now known as ‘Propaganda,’ which is also the name of her new label, which debuted in 2013. After moving from school to club night scenes, Nastia fell in love with Ukrainian nightlife when she was thirteen. It was only a matter of time before she became interested in DJ, made friends with local DJs and got one of them to show her the basics, which she says she picked up with ease.
One of the top females EDM artists, Nastia, loves travelling to different parts of the world while doing shows.
Isabelle Rezazadeh, known by her stage name Rezz, is a Canadian DJ and record producer. Moving to Canada at a young age, she worked in Hard Rock Café in her school days. She began DJing at the age of 16, playing music by other artists until she became inspired by the famous EDM producer, ‘Deadmau5’ concert to create her own.
She was noticed on a blog by Skrillex, who then contacted her for a concert. She released her debut EP ‘Insurrection’ in 2015 through OWSLAS’s sub-label Nest HQ. In 2016, she signed with Deadmau5’s record label Mau5trap and released many famous songs. In 2017, Rezz released her debut studio album ‘Mass Manipulation’ which went viral on social media.
She is one of the most famous DJs and has also made an appearance in Secret Sky 2021. She has also won ‘Electronic Album of the Year’ award in Juno Awards 2020 for her work in “Beyond the scenes” studio album.
6. Anja Schneider
One of the top techno DJs, Anja Schneider, has been a DJ, producer and broadcaster in the techno scene for over two decades after moving to Berlin in 1994. She us one of the top edm artits.
In an interview, she said, “I didn’t want to be “just” a consumer; I knew something bigger was coming and that Techno could be something for my life. So, I moved to Berlin; I went out every weekend, and at the beginning of Tresor, Planet, and E-Werk. I also went into the radio business to bring more electronic music on radio and give it a bigger platform during those times”.
With appearances at major clubs such as Pacha Ibiza and the legendary ADE music festival in the Netherlands, Anja became one of the best female DJs in the world. She is an international DJ and music producer with dozens of high-quality productions and a unique musical taste. That’s why she comes to the most famous DJs artist list.
Comprising a duo of twin sisters Olivia and Miriam, Nervo is one famous Australian DJ duos. Born in Melbourne, the twins began their careers as models with the Australian Chadwick Models Agency. A contract was then signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and the duo subsequently embarked on a songwriting career.
When their publishing deal was about to expire, they dropped the song-writing career. Instead, the twin duo gave it another chance by singing with Fredrik Olsson (Music Executive) and his Swedish music publishing company Razor Boy Music Publishing in 2008. The group co-wrote the number one dance hit, “When Love Takes Over” which went on to win a Grammy Award.
In 2013, Nervo also filmed scenes for the soap opera ‘One Life to Live’ that included dialogue and their performing DJ roles.
8. Ellen Allein
Ellen Fraatz, known by her stage name Ellen Allein is a German electronic musician and producer. She sings in both German and English. Her music is best described as a blend of IDM and Techno music, which is dance-floor oriented and will make you feel the party vibes.
Born and brought up in Berlin, she started her own show on the Berlin radio station Kiss FM and created her own record label, naming them “Braincandy”. She began the techno label BPitch Control in 1999. She released her first album, ‘Stadtkind’, in 2001, and her second album, ‘Berlinette’, in 2003. In 2005, Allien launched her own fashion line, “Ellen Allien Fashion”.
You will find Allen infrequently performing festivals i. e. Germany’s MELT, N.A.M.E. Festival in France. She is one of the famous female DJs globally and an inspiration to many women who want to make their name prominent in the EDM industry.
9. Nicole Moudaber
Nicole Moudaber is a Lebanese DJ/ producer and the head of her own imprint, MOOD Records. People knew Nicole by the title ‘Techno Queen’. Nicole Moudaber has become a regular at top Techno festivals like BPM and Awakenings.
Born in Nigeria, Nicole began her career in EDM music by promoting dance parties in Beirut, Lebanon, during the 1990s. In 2009, she came to the attention of Carl Coxin when she signed his record label Intec. Later in 2013, she released her first album ‘Believe’ on Drumcode Records.
In 2013, she founded MOOD Records and her collaborations with talented artists such as Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, and Coyu made her a multi-dimensional artist. She is one of the famous female DJs and producer who is an inspiration to many.
Magda is a techno DJ and is famous for her remixes and party mashups. Born in Poland, Magdalena Chojnacka, known as Magda, is a renowned DJ for her contributions to the minimal techno genre. She was nominated for a Dj Award for Best Minimal.
In 1996, she began her career in Dj and in 2003, she delivered her first production. She founded her own record label in 2011. Magda’s studio work has become more dependent on collaboration. Cornerbred is a project she works on with her partner Daniela Huerta.
Dj Magda net worth is estimated to be between $1 Million – $5 Million. She has made such an amount of wealth from her primary career as DJ. One of the famous female DJs and motivation for many who want to succeed in the EDM industry.
11. The Blessed Madonna
Marea Stamper, known by her stage name the Blessed Madonna, is an American DJ, producer and musician. DJ Marea Stamper has dropped the previous stage name the Black Madonna and adopted the alias The Blessed Madonna now.
In 1990, she began her career by selling mixtapes by underground DJs at raves. A high school dropout, she has been bullied for her gender-nonconforming appearance. In 2018, the Blessed Madonna played herself as an in-residence DJ for the video game Grand Theft Auto Online, as part of the After Hours DLC.
She has been called “one of the world’s most exciting turntablists” and founded her own record label ‘We still believe’. Her stage name ‘the Black Madonna’, references the Black Madonna paintings of the Virgin Mary, praise to her family’s favorite Catholic saint. She is recognized for consistently releasing wildly flavorful House and Techno Records.
12. Deborah De Luca
Born under the shades of the sails of Scampia, Deborah De Luca embarked on a successful career in music by working very hard. Later she moved to Italy for attending high school, and after returning to Naples (her hometown), she started learning.
Deborah to work on her knowledge of new music genres and trends, giving shape to the charisma of her music. It eventually helped her with productions signed by her as Sola_mente Records label founded in March 2013.
Today, she is renowned for consistently producing fresh and new music of different tastes. Asked about her inspirations, Deborah said, “Shortly before commencing, in Riccione, on an evening in the Easter period (where I was the dancer), they booked Scarlett Etienne. I was blown away by her look, clothes, everything. She was my ideal DJ (10 years ago).”
13. Dani Deahl
Chicago-based EDM & House music producer Dani Deahl got her first few residencies while still attending high school. In 2006, she became producer and co-host of Red Bar Radio. Since that time, she got interested in music production, journalism, and blogging.
In 2014, Deahl did a highly publicized TEDx talk titled “Women, STEM & EDM”. She spoke regarding her role as a female in the electronic music industry, the inequalities that exist, and how a female can fight for their rights. She has also stated in interviews that she is a women’s rights activist.
She was the producer of a Billboard charted song and is currently DJ Mag’s editor. She is one of the top female DJs and an inspiration to women.
14. Nina Las Vegas
Nina Elizabeth Agzarian, known as Nina Las Vegas, is an Australian DJ and started her career as host of a radio show on Australia’s Triple J radio. When the Australian EDM scenes picked up a new level of success, she began her own records and encouraged her to nurture new talent.
She has founded an NGO to support underprivileged musicians. She released compilation hit albums, House Party Volume 1 in 2012 and House Party Volume 2 in 2013, which appeared on the ARIA Charts. In 2015, she started her own music recording label “NLV Records”.
In 2014, she delivered her first official single album, “Don’t Send”, with Melbourne producer Swick on Nest HQ (American DJ and music producer, Skrillex’s online label)
15. Maya Jane Coles
Maya Jane Coles is a DJ, producer and audio engineer based in the United Kingdom. She is fond of techno music. She began making music as a teenager and was learning to use Cubase Software. She first produced hip-hop and trip-hop.
In 2008 and 2009, Maya released her first two records on Dogmatik Records, which were more house music based. In 2010, she released a four-track EP on Franck Roger’s label, Real Tone Records. She was then named ‘DJ Mag’ one of the most incredible newcomers that year and got a lot of exposure.
In 2012, she won the ‘Best House/Garage/Deep House’ track at the Miami Winter Music Conference 2012,’Staff Pick: Artist of the year 2011′ at the Beatport Awards, Mixmag’s ‘Best Breakthrough DJ 2011’ and many more consecutive years.
So, this was the list of best female DJs in the world. Thank you for reading till the end!