Reports from DJane mag found that male DJ outnumber their female counterparts by 12 to 1 in club and festival line-ups.

DJ SCAPA, from Salford, said: “Yeah [there is a prejudice against women in the industry], it’s quite tricky because the environment I’m in, in Manchester, people are really pushing gender equality.

“But every now and again you get comments like ‘oh gosh women are being booked because of men because they’re women’ and it’s like, no, they are being booked because they’re great.”

“Every time I see a line-up for anything, it’s just all men, if I look at a school or tutors that teach DJing, it’s all men, but it’s one of those things.”

Reports have also found that, in the top 150 clubs, from the 2018 rankings, the average annual supply of female DJs is 6%.

With this in mind, SCAPA is eager for more women to get involved in the industry but has some warnings for those that are interested in taking it up.

“[my advice to women getting into DJing] Expect the back-handed comments, I know someone who was booked to DJ and in one of the emails they received, a correspondent said, ‘just to check, are you pretty’, so expect the worst but hope for the best.

“However, some people will really surprise you with how lovely they can be, so also look forward to the fun of it and there are more initiatives now for women to get involved and more free workshops for them, so take advantage of it.”

Toby Smith, president of the DJ Society at the University of Salford, also believes that theirs forms of gender inequality within the industry and has noticed fewer and fewer women joining his society.

He said: “I feel that there is a stereotypical type of DJ, and it’s a man, but in my experience, there’s no difference between a male and a female DJ.

“There’s an unfortunate issue where, due to people like Paris Hilton, female DJ’s have a narrative behind them that sometimes they sell themselves more than their music, whether or not its true is up for debate, but that narrative doesn’t really go away, unfortunately.”

With gender inequality, an ever-important issue in the music industry, Salfordian SCAPA and the University of Salford DJ Society is attempting to provide an outlet for change in the city.


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