Despite the historical context and deafening statistics of male dominance within the DJ industry, women are now more visible than ever. While there is still much under-representation of women in this arena, there has been a noticeable emergence of female DJs and producers quickly gaining momentum and ultimately giving their male counterparts a run for their money. Phoenix is home to, and has given rise to, some incredibly talented women who know how to hold their own behind the turntables. Whether up-and-coming or established, these women are shaking up the scene with their sound and have no intentions of being silenced anytime soon.
Let no one say that the women of Phoenix don't know how to work a turntable. Read on and get familiar with the faces of Phoenix's 10 best female DJs.
Rising producer Emilie Fromm (aka Blossom) is on the fast track to success. With performances at major dance music events like Night Bass, Space Yacht, and Phoenix Lights under her belt, it's hard to believe that Blossom is barely beginning her journey. Her production talents have quickly captured the attention of many, including well-known musical artist Ghastly, who featured her bootleg of Rusko's "Skanka" on his Diplo & Friends Mix and has been incorporating it into his sets worldwide. Blossom recently released an official Fools Gold Records remix for Callie Reiff and Dapp as part of their "Wobble Remixes" compilation.
Performing under the moniker Defense.Mekanizm, Suzy Homewrecker specializes in industrial-electro, glitchstep, and dark electro music. She participates as a resident DJ for the monthly fetish-themed dance party event CUPCAKE! at Rogue Bar.
Recognized as one of Arizona's most sought-after DJs and co-founder of Desert House Productions, DJ Drea certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to DJing. With more than a decade's worth of experience, Drea has amassed an expansive musical library, an impressive list of clientele, including Facebook, Trader Joe's, and the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the title of "Top Club DJ in Metro Phoenix" by Arizona Republic.
After learning to master her craft in the small town of Show Low, Arizona, Karen Hemmes (aka Hemmesphere) migrated down to the city of Phoenix where her career began to heat up. The Canadian transplant has since supported the likes of major dance music artists including Felix Cartel, Bingo Players, Chuckie, and Flux Pavillion, and has graced the stages of festivals around the Valley including Wet Electric, Electric Dreams, and the AT&T Playoff Playlist Live 2016.
With weekly radio gigs on both Pitbull's Sirius XM Globalization channel and locally known POWER 98.3/101.9, DJ Javin (pronounced JAY-vin) is a powerhouse in the DJ booth. The 25-year-old's cutting and intricate mixing techniques are admired far and wide by viewers of her Bedroom Sessions series on DJCityTV. In 2015, her hard work and dedication scored Javin a competing spot in the Phoenix regional qualifier for the Red Bull Thre3style competition. Javin performs regularly around the Valley, including her Friday-night residency at AQUA Nightclub for Fantasy Fridays.