If you’re keen to learn who the most talented female famous music producers are in the world of bass music, look no further. Please note that this is not an article about all females in bass music including vocalists and DJs – this is dedicated to the women who actually produce block rockin’ beats. So in no particular order, here are the top women of drum & bass, dubstep, glitch hop and global bass.
DJ Empress (drum and bass, trap, dubstep, electro & metal electro)
A native New Yorker, DJ Empress has been smashing clubs around the globe for over many years, from all over Europe to Asia and across North America and Mexico. She’s a veteran DJ, Producer & Vocalist who’s devotion to music has seen her build an esteemed reputation around the world, holding residences in NYC, San Francisco, London (where she was based out of in 2007 and 2008) and Orlando. She has huge support and respect from many of the top DJs in scenes around the world and is known for her high quality sets.
Empress has accomplished much more than most other DJs and producers would even dream of; Not only has she founded her own label, Empower Recordings, she also formed her own band (Empower) after returning to NYC having been based out of London in 2007 and 08. After writing, recording, producing and engineering her first solo album in 2009, she taught her band to play the songs from the album. They rehearsed for a year before playing out in NYC.
Recent releases include “Alien Nation” (for which she made a music video) and “Only Love”, which are both hard, dance floor friendly DnB club bangers featuring her vocal talents. Other production/engineering credits include a remix of the Roy Ayers classic “We Live In Brooklyn”- entitled “Brooklyn Baby” (which was licensed to the HBO film “Life Support” staring Queen Latifah & produced by Jamie Foxx. As well as Drum and Bass, DJ Empress makes Trap, dubstep, electro & metal electro, all written in Logic Pro.
Empress’ level of dedication to music is evident in everything she does. What she has been able to achieve so far is quite remarkable and she shows no signs of slowing down. You can check out her website, DJEmpress.com here for news on new releases, forthcoming events, music videos and videos of live performances.
Kozee (house, garage, future bass and dubstep)
Known for her energetic DJ performances and uplifting productions, Kozee is undoubtedly the most well know female for Dubstep and now bass music in the States. Since making her mark in dubstep, being named as one of four ‘dubstep ambassadors of San Francisco’ by San Francisco Weekly, Kozee’s own productions have evolved into garage, future bass and house among other forms of music. She was also named Dimensions Festival first female DJ of the United States in 2012.
Kozee attributes her love affair with music early; at the age of 7, she compiled her first mixtapes, inadvertently on the path towards creating her own music one day. It was In the early 90’s she started collecting jazz, hip-hop, and jungle vinyl and in building mixtapes she landed an opening slot for DJ Maseo of De La Soul.
With the insurgence of Grime that had made its way to the US in 2004 and 2005 Kozee quickly became a fan. She compiled her first Dubstep mix in June 2006, had a successful three year relationship with Redline starting in 2006, she toured UK and Sweden in 2008, was a featured artist on one of the biggest tunes of 2009 (Crack, DZ feat Kozee), and recently San Francisco Weekly named Kozee one of four’ Dubstep Ambassadors’ of San Francisco.
Currently, Kozee draws inspiration from multi-genre bass music such as: UK Funky/UK Bass, Bassline, Tropical, Juke, Garage, and Post-Dubstep sounds. She has released with Badman Press , Badman Digital, Hot N Heavy Recordings, Audio Doughnuts and Slit Jockey.
For more info on Kozee’s latest news and forthcoming releases and events, visit Kozeemusic.com.
If there’s one woman in undergound electronic music who gets name-checked and loved-on more than any other it’s London’s Sara Abdel-Hamid, known to the clubs as Ikonika. Sought after for compositions that never stint on brains or brawn, she’s most often described as a dubstep producer but her style often lists toward UK garage and house. Signed to Hyperdub Records, Warp Records and Planet Mu, Ikonika’s music combines melodic synth patterns, driving drums, melancholic sub bass and unorthodox song structures. She was described by The Observer as “a rare female face in the male-dominated world of dubstep, Ikonika melds the genre’s juddering bass with Aphex Twin-style melodic mischief-making.” Her debut album, Contact, Love Want, Have was released on Hyperdub on 6 April 2010.
ill-esha (glitch hop, dubstep)
A Vancouver native, ill-esha (real name Elysha Zaide) is a Canadian producer, singer and DJ known for her highly musical glitch hop and dubstep production as well as her unique style of singing and DJing simultaneously. She is currently based out of Denver, Colorado. She is also co-founder of Glitch Hop Forum. In 2013 her album Whiplash Recovery dropped on Gravitas Recordings. You can check out an interview I did with Ill-Esha here.
DJ Rap (drum&bass, house, electro)
Charissa Saverio, a.k.a. DJ RAP is regarded by many as the queen of the turntables and voted the number one female DJ in the world. She is also CEO of two labels: Propa and Impropa Talent and is a producer and singer to boot. She is also a classically trained pianist and song writer. Rap has made huge waves in both the house and drum & bass scenes since the 90’s.
Over the course of DJ Rap’s career she has collaborated and worked with many talented musicians and producers. She has produced music for play station, Wii, and 7 major movies. Examples of her portfolio are evident in her work for Mission Impossible (Tom Cruise), Isolation, Run Lola Run, Enough (J-lo), Rogue Trader (Ewan McGregor) and four documentaries.
Miss Redflower (drum&bass)
Miss Redflower (Katharina Blum) is one of the most active female drum & bass artists in Germany, organizing events such as Therapy Sessions in Germany. In 2007 her productions got more and more attention in the drum&bass scene and since then she’s been signed to various Labels such as Barcode, Obscene, Freak, Mindsaw and Trustinmusic. As a DJ she is booked all over europe and is known for very diversified DJ sets with a good mixture of different genres.
B Traits (drum and bass)
Canadian blonde bombshell B Traits was spotted by Shy FX and signed to his Digital Soundboy camp in 2010. She is now based in London. A skilled producer, many of her productions incorporate that old skool feel of dance music which has seen her earn a slot of BBC Radio 1’s In New DJs We Trust.
FAUX NO (dubstep)
Faux No comprises of Reija Lee and Maaike Lebbing an Australian dubstep production duo, based in London. In 2010 Maaike made the 10,000 mile journey to the UK to pursue her solo artist project “Kito”, which had already developed a following after a handful of early releases. Reija was soon to follow in making the UK her second home, offering the opportunity for the duo to focus and work on their own music. Faux No were originally signed to Mad Decent cranking obscenely smooth dubstep tunes under the moniker Kito & Reija Lee. Now rebranded with their current name Faux No, their music is sounding even more refined.
Lady V Dubz (drum and bass)
Lady V Dubz (aka Vicky Wickenden) is one of the London drum & bass scene’s rising stars. With residencies across London’s top clubs and regular slots on the radio, as well as being one of the founding members of the Feminine Takeover movement alongside MC Lady Blazer, V Dubz is now representing Fatman D’s Biological Beats agency and has been focusing on dnb production in recent years.
DJ Liz E (drum and bass)
Signed to Jaydan’s Smoking Riddims and taking on both drum & bass and dubstep, DJ Liz E is joining the small number of females who are producing quality music. In addition to her music career she has become a published model and actress.
17 Female Famous Music Producers In Bass Music
Kloé (drum and bass, dubstep, neurohop, electro)
Hailing from Lyon, France, Kloé is an avid DJ and producer who has been contributing a huge amount to the world of bass music in recent years. As a producer her extreme attention to detail when it comes to beat programming and writing basslines are something that many other producers marvel at. She is known for producing drum & bass, electronica and other types of bass-centric music. She has released various records with production partner Imprintz and together they have put out some awesome drum & bass records including various collaborations with bass music master Xilent. Kloé is closely involved with running bass music label Caliber Music with label owner Coffey, and is set to release some new bass-tastic music on the label later this year.
Dazee (drum and bass)
Based in Bristol (UK), Dazee began her professional DJing career in 1992 and a year later founded Ruffneck Ting alongside Markee (Kosheen) and Rachel and Colin (Knowledge magazine). When Ruffneck Ting started a record label in 1995, Dazee exercised her production skills both as a solo artist and with Markee, as Substance, releasing dance floor smashes such as ‘Damn Right’ and ‘Prisoner’. She began to DJ on the international circuit, playing gigs from Sweden to San Fransisco and nearly everywhere in between. In 2001 she founded Eden, an all-female live drum and bass act. With Dazee’s production skills they released their much-loved music on Siren Records.
One half of the duo Faux No, Maaike Lebbing (aka Kito) is originally from Perth in Western Australia. Characterised by a pop-infused, fresh and precisely clean production style, Kito’s music has received support globally from a number of leading DJs and producers. Having had her first completed tracks picked up by Dubstep pioneer Skream, and released on his label Disfugured Dubz, Kito hit the ground running. Since her first release in 2009, Australian born Maaike Lebbing has gone from strength to strength. Having gained a lot of support and attention for her 12″ and 4 track self-titled EP on Disfigured Dubz; Kito teamed up with vocalist and long term friend, Reija Lee and released a 4 track EP, ‘Sweet Talk’ on Diplo’s hugely influential label, Mad Decent. Sweet Talk went on to gain a lot of support on UK’s BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra along with Australia’s national station, Triple J. Kito’s ethos is quality – not quality and her back catalogue reflects this worth ethic.
Missrepresent (drum and bass)
One of the few women in drum & bass who have perfected the art of production, Missrepresent is known for her slick tracks which have made their way onto some of the most prestigious labels in the industry. Now working alongside Dapz as part of Silent Code, it doesn’t seem like she’s going to slow down anytime soon.
Vaccine (Christine Clements) is a dubstep producer based in California. She is one of the very first females dubstep producers to be signed to a label (Hotflush Recordings). Vaccine’s style has been recognised as being considerably more melodic and not necessarily as dancefloor-orientated as the majority of dubstep. Vaccine is a big fan of Bristol trip hop legends Portishead, as well as Tricky, Zero 7, Nine Inch Nails and Future Sound Of London.
Subeena (dubstep, etc.)
Subeena is Sabina Plamenova from London. Her work was initially grouped within dubstep, however it has quickly evolved and has become more diverse, crossing over various “electronic music” genres but at the same time not losing that distinct sound in which Subeena began experimenting with. She used to co-run Imminent Recordings together with producer Dot and later launched her own label OPIT.
Miss Lil L (drum and bass)
Based in London (UK), Miss Lil L is known for making gut-wrenching, tear-your-head-off drum & bass and has released a lot of material on labels including Austerity Recordings, Panzer Incus Recordings, MindSaw Recordings, Toxic Loud, Infectech Recordings, The Factory Recordings and Non Human Recordings. If you like dark and death-like neurofunk drum and bass, this is one producer you should check out for sure!