The collective reclaiming dancefloors and decks for women and non-binary people, LGBTQ+ people, and POC
Techno wasn’t invented by white men, but to look at many club line-ups and dance music magazines today, you’d think it had been. Three women in New York – agent/promoter Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, musician Emma Burgess-Olson aka Umfang, and event producer Christine McCharen-Tran – are setting out to disrupt all that, one booking at a time. With Discwoman and their own brand of “technofeminism”, they’re reclaiming club dancefloors and decks for women, LGBTQ+ people, non-binary people, and people of colour.
Discwoman began life in 2014 as a two-day festival in Brooklyn with an all-woman line-up and has now expanded into a booking agency and collective (with the most coveted merch going). Designed to uplift electronic music made specifically by women and non-binary people, Discwoman now holds inclusive events all over the world – including this year in Detroit and at San Francisco Pride. One raucous, sweaty party at a time, it’s reminding the whole world where techno came from. As their ethos goes: “Amplify each other.”