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The Biggest Women In Dance

Perhaps more so than any other, the dance music industry is one which is dominated by men – from the Ibiza clubs to the dance charts and the music magazines, the artists represented are in large part men.

This doesn’t mean that there are no female dance music artists and DJs, however; quite to the contrary, we would argue that there is a buzzing undercurrent of fresh female sound that has led the way in dance music innovation since day one.

After all, the genre from which dance music grew – disco – was a much more equitable affair when it came to male and female artists and producers. Even in the less famous ranks of DJs and artists you tend to find a far greater number of females, so this affliction of under-appreciated women is certainly restricted to the upper echelons of the genre.

We’ve taken a look at three of the biggest women in dance music past and present, who they are, how they got to where they are today and why you should sit up and take notice of them.

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Cascada

Perhaps the most commercially successful dance music artist of recent times, Cascada (real names: Natalie Horler, DJ Yanou and DJ Manian) is fronted by a woman, and many fans would not recognise the other two members of the outfit.

Tracks including Everytime We Touch and and What Hurts The Most ensured that they were one of the last decade’s biggest artists, and the biggest German music act of this century.

After more than a decade of success, Natalie is still touring and represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 – who knows what’s next for these dance music superstars!

Annie Mac

One of Radio One’s flagship DJs, Annie Mac is also a regular in the clubs of London and Ibiza and it can be argued that she’s helped to shape the resurgence in popularity for dance music over the last four or five years.

The mixtapes she plays on her Radio One show and the new DJs that she promotes are part of the backbone of dance music in the UK, forecasting and sometimes even creating trends.

The Irishwoman studied English at Queens University in Belfast before going on to become a BBC radio producer. She’s appeared on the station as a voiceover artist since the start of 2004, and her first show was broadcast that summer.

Since then her club nights and radio shows have become the go to for the lowdown on what’s up and coming, and in a move that proved dance music’s current domination over rock in the charts, she took over Zane Lowe’s flagship new music show when he left Radio One in 2015, drastically changing its tone.

Kate Ryan

Born Katrien Verbeeck, the Belgian artist now known as Kate Ryan has been musical from a young age, thouh her first dabbles in the art were more classical than fans would recognise these days. At 16 she was signed to a pop band, Melt, but it wasn’t until she met producer Andy Janssens that she found real success.

Today Ryan is one of the biggest names in the dance-pop and Eurodance genres with her unique blend of excellent vocals and production techniques.

The first single that she released, Scream For More was a hit in the Belgian charts when it was released, as was its follow up, but it was her third single Désenchantée which took charts all over Europe by storm.

The artist’s first album went gold and platinum in a number of countries, selling in total more than 250,000 copies in Europe alone; but Kate Ryan has been no one-hit-wonder.

In total, Ryan has released five studio albums since her first in 2001 and remains a leading light in the world of electro-pop, particularly in mainland Europe – in 2006 she also represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Je t’adore, but didn’t quite crack the top ten.

If you’re inspired by the amazing female talent in the world of dance music, then why not book a fabulous female DJ or artist next time you’re booking talent for an event? The Kate Ryan agent is MN2S, based in London, and she’s available for bookings of all types – from cosy gigs to charity galas and everything in between.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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