There are plenty of reasons to demand more women on the decks; the genuine talent, the representation for a large portion of the clubbing scene and just encouraging new talent.
These 15 are the hottest – in so many ways – of UK talent right now and they are the absolute best reasons to head out for the night or even pick up the skills yourself.
What’s your favourite? Who do you think we should have added?
Brianna Price, a DJ, record producer and radio presenter from Canada currently living in London, is a favourite of Radio One and it’s easy to see why. Having recently added her touch to remixes of artists such as Shy FX and Liam Bailey, 2012 saw the release of her debut single ‘Fever’, which reached number 36 in the charts. Her energy is pretty much always present and the music reflects this really well. A big fan of UK dance music, speed garage, two-step, jungle and drum ‘n’ bass, she always wanted to be a DJ and her faultless flair means she’ll always be a winner to us. B can claim one of the most original sounds on the scene incorporating everything from breakbeats, jungle, dubstep, drum & bass, reggae, dancehall, garage, hip hop, UK funky and house music.
Find her @BTraits
Sarah Jane Crawford
Deep, Progressive and Tech House
Voice of the Official UK Top 40 chart on MTV and the Official Urban Chart on MTV Base, as well as BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter, Sarah Jane is a London girl through and through. Her beats are strong and show a brilliant understanding of an epic night. Crawford is an international DJ who performs at various exclusive night clubs in and around the world as well as for one-off private parties. She has held a residency at the famous Bungalow 8 club in London and running a night called ‘Kiss The DJ’. She isn’t just a pretty face and talented hands, as she does a fair amount for environmental charities when she’s not touring with her decks.
Find her @DJSarahJane
Annie MacManus, the popular blue-eyed Irish DJ on Radio One has always been a pusher for more women in the studio, whether it’s mainstream or specialist broadcasting. Her presence has been missed as she took a break to give birth to a mini DJ but she’s back on the airwaves and remixing London Grammar. She’s doing a tour of the UK through November so be sure to head to your nearest venue as an early Christmas present to yourself. Annie won the ‘Best Female’ award at The National Drum and Bass awards for her contribution to the promotion of the genre and makes regular TV appearances so she’s pretty busy. Listening to her remixes this is hardly surprising as she is pretty seamless and totally enjoyable.
Find her @AnnieMac
DJ Charlotte Devaney
Hip Hop, R&B, Funky Commercial House and Slammin’ Electro
Without even listening to her club circuit tunes, you know that Charlotte has the credentials to compete with any of the boys club. She’s worked for GQ Magazine, Vogue Magazine for London Fashion week, starred in a film with Megan Fox and Simon Pegg and worked with the legendary Snoop Dogg on ‘Flip It’. The dirty electro track will get you on the dance floor quicker than an empty bar. She’s been doing this for over half a decade and is showing no signs of slowing. If anything she looks more up for it than ever and is touring clubs in the UK at the moment, so check her out before she gets snapped up for another high-profile trip abroad.
Charlotte Devaney feat. Snoop Dogg “Flip It”
Miss DJ Candy
Hip-Hop to Funky House, R&B to Garage, and Jungle to Dancehall
A popular for celebrity parties, this leopardista is eclectic and fierce, just ask Sony BMG as they took her on based on her incredible range. She produced the new Truth Track sampling ‘FADE’ by Jakwob and it’s a perfectly balanced mix between sweet and hard-hitting. She has performed for crowds all over Europe including Ireland, Geneva, Ibiza, and Ayia Napa, and alongside the likes of Jazzy Jeff. Our only sadness is that we missed her three month residency in Ibiza with host Minx (actress Mel Cameron from gritty drama Bad Girls). Never mind, she’s playing a lot of dates in London this month and we’ll not be deprived twice.
Find her @MissDJCandy
DJ Melody Kane
Urban Club Mix
Melody isn’t just taking on the guys, she’s beating them hands down and dragging the rest of the girls with her. The Female Takeover and DJ Kane have hit Croatia, Greece & the Czech Republic in an attempt to bring the genius of female DJs to the world. She’s pretty much the definition of feisty and her blends take no hostages, so don’t expect her to pull punches just because she looks petite and pretty. Melody’s performances at the ‘Nando’s GigNic Festivals’ were featured on the Channel 4 TV show ‘Gig Nics’. You can catch her killer club mix at The Social later this month but it won’t be easy to get in and it’ll be even harder to leave. Points to anyone who can pick out the old school reggae references.
Find her @DJMelodyKane
Urban, Hip Hop
Another Rock the Belles superstar, Emily has not only played Lovebox but The Camden Crawl, Street Fest and Rivington Street Fest, as well as doing guest mixes for BBC Radio 1Xtra. Another example of how talent can produce something excellent when given room to grow, she also made a point of talking to BBC World Service about how Hip Hop can be used to give women a voice. She’s in demand because she’s smooth, smart and sweetened on the decks and in person. She’s never seen sitting still or not grinning so she stands out a mile. Emily has DJ’d everyone from Kanye West to Mathew Williamson and plays host and promoter for numerous high profile artists and their shows, including Rita Ora, Rizzle Kicks & Jazzy Jeff.
Find her @EmilyRawson
Self-confessed ‘Ibiza junkie’ Sam is unlikely to be seen away from the decks, though she long left Bristol behind to create an international career with Defected. When she’s not throwing epic parties, she’s launching her festive charity event project, La Vita, in support of breast cancer sufferers. She often hits the dance floor and this year she has partied in Miami, Berlin, Barcelona and Amsterdam have all fuelled her passion for music. There is something completely out-of-this-world about her sound and it’s not just the typical Saturday night mix. Where does she see herself? “I don’t want to be a superstar-DJ I think that is a bygone era. I want to be respected in the industry as a key player and be the best I can be.”
Find her @djsamdivine
House, Techno, Disco, Hip-Hop and Garage
Moxie is many things: a Londoner born and bred, raised on raving and records; a seasoned DJ, playing big-room clubs and sweatbox basements worldwide; a charming radio host, as at home on national FM as regional stations and independent start-ups. It’s this balancing act between the underground and the mainstream that’s seen her become one of the UK’s hottest DJs.
Find her @DJMoxie
Funky, Tribal House
Apart from looking smoking in a bikini and appearing in FHM, FRONT, Maxim, Loaded and Zoo, Sam has made DJ appearances in Egypt, Malaysia and Ibiza. She’s currently building her photography portfolio and retired from the international scene to be a resident HedKandi DJ. The blonde Mancunian is all about the party and runs her own glamour blog in her spare time. She can fill the dancefloor as fast as her rise to fame, which happened when she won The Sun’s ‘Page 3 Idol’ competition in 2006. She’s surprisingly creative with her mixes and has also raised £5,000 for a breast cancer campaign by doing a skydive.
Find her @SamCooketog
A little more unconventional in her music, Sarah knows what she’s doing but isn’t going to shy away from experimenting with sounds. She also bagged a spot in Loaded’s 10 Sexy DJs for 2013 but that’s not surprising as she made the jump to DJ from model. She started in her local club after being challenged by another DJ and travelling Majorca, Greece, Ibiza, Dubai, Egypt, Portugal and Marbella, she’s back in the UK to hone her skills and take Britain by storm. She’s been working solidly throughout the summer so expect to work hard to track her down but know that’s she’s worth it. Here’s a girl who knows how to enjoy herself.
Find her @sarahgiggle
Industrial, Electronic, Rap, Drum and Bass
A pretty impressive entity in her own right and one half of Silent Code, the DJ , producer, remixer and studio engineer is an old favourite of Flavour Mag. She’s even done a DnB remix of Charlotte Devaney and Snoop Dogg’s Flip It (see above). Her decks are fast and furious and her set will leave you in her wake unless you run to keep up. Voted and ranked in the top 3 female DJ list, at The National Drum and Bass awards for 3 years in a row, Missrepresent is hitting a lot of UK venues after London and Flavour this weekend so get out there. If you want to get hyper before heading out then check out her website for some free downloads – our favourite words.
Urban, RnB, Hip Hop, Funky, Grime
She’s been on your airwaves since she was 14 but the South East’s number one female DJ is probably best known for being live on Deja Vu, Every Saturday afternoon from four to six. She’s interviewed the likes of Example, Stooshe and Lianne Las Havas but Flavour definitely found her first. She cannot claim she’s too shy as she currently DJs for a club night called Rock the Belles, which features the hottest female DJs and artists at the minute and hosted a stage at Lovebox Festival. She has a brilliant talent for updating classic tunes and is a big fan of Kayper, Semtex, A-Trak and Alchemist – what’s not to love.
Find her @DJFearney
Last summer Kellie opened up for Hed Kandi in Ibiza, played at Blue Marlin, Abu Dhabi Gand Prix and did her first mini tour of Australia. Her off-beat mixes make an impressive change to the simple party beats you find from a lot of the club scene. She was declared the ‘World’s Sexiest DJ’ by FHM in 2009 and she’s not looked back since and has done a series of major advertising campaigns for Victoria Secrets and Janet Reger lingerie. She’s played for Neyo, Jenna Jameson, T-Pain and Lindsay Lohan. The Lohan party meant a great deal of attention from the press as it was reported that Kellie and her regular DJ partner Lauren Pope were hired to get back at Sam Ronson!
Find her @djkellieacreman