I recently profiled DJ/producer/vocalist Anna Lunoe in a lengthy interview conducted at Decibel Festival. In the interview she discusses her approach to social media, which involves both being open with fans and calling out problematic issues when she sees them.
I previously covered a discussion she started on the number of women playing electronic music festivals. She posted an infographic put together by THUMP showing exactly how many women some of the larger electronic festivals booked. Movement and Mutek had the highest percentage of women on the list, hovering just above nine percent.
For the record, the number of women booked at Decibel was significantly higher than other festivals. I feel their numbers are more in line with the realities of the industry.
Decibel booked 144 acts. Twenty six of acts booked were women or groups with at least one female member… A whopping 18.1 percent.
Decibel founder and curator Sean Horton responded to a tweet I sent praising the number of women they booked. He thanked me for noticing, implying that Decibel made a conscious effort to be more balanced.
This issue is a complex one, and there are constructive and unconstructive ways to discuss it.
A Facebook post Anna Lunoe posted in February is still very relevant. Lunoe addresses the neverending “women in music” questions that female musicians are asked in interviews. Unfortunately, many women are asked: “What do you think of Miley Cyrus?”. This type of question is irrelevant and brings nothing to the table.
I’ve seen everyone from riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna to my favorite up-and-coming singer/rapper/producer Adi Ulmansky face the “what do you think of Miley Cyrus” interview question… Why?