dBs Dialogues: why aren't more women studying music production?

For our first dBs Dialogues series, and in conjunction with female:pressure, we’re addressing the issue of low female to male student ratios in music production education. Why aren’t more women studying music production, what effect does this have on the learning experience and what can we do about it? This series aims to open up conversation with the hope of bringing about positive change.

With the question of “why aren’t more women studying music production?” at the heart of our discussion, we will hold x4 sessions over five months looking at contributing factors, with industry guests bringing challenging & relevant content and experience to the sessions. 

  1. visibility and the role of media (role models)
  2. prior education and exposure (social stereotypes)
  3. politics and philosophy (feminism, gender, activism)
  4. the creative approach (& impact of previous topics) and the future of the industry (money, business, power; the idea of success)

The dialogues will take the form of a small group consisting of a (student) facilitator, industry guest and four students. With an observing audience and wider Q&A after, this will allow both an intimate discussion and access to content for a larger group.


Session one: visibility and the role of media
February 2nd, 2016
Session recap
For our first session we are incredibly excited to welcome AGF (poemproducer) to the conversation!

Part of the core team at female:pressure, Antye Greie-Ripatti is a digital songwriter, sound composer, poet, curator and educator. Known as Laub, AGF and poemproducer, her work emphasizes the relationship between language, sound, voice and communication expressed in music, audiovisual live performances, digital communication, sound installations, commissions for movies and theater and exhibitions. She has released 29 long player records and numerous collaborations under such aliases as AGF, AGF/Delay (with Vladislav Delay), Greie Gut Fraktion (with Gudrun Gut), and The Lappetites (with Kaffe Matthews and Eliane Radigue), and many collaborations with the award-winning classical composer Craig Armstrong.


Session two: prior education and exposure
March 3rd, 2016
Session recap

For our second dBs Dialogues session addressing prior education and exposure, we’re joined by Josa Peit; singer, producer, soundscape sculptor and an original member of the EQ Network in Berlin.

Josa combines influences from electronica with disco, psych, krautrock and soul elements. Embracing both analog and digital sound, the singer and producer’s debut EP ‘Constellation’ was released in September 2015, on Berlin label The Gym. Drawing from her experience as a female artist in a male dominated environment, and inspired by questions surrounding education in schools for girls in digital technology, she took part in setting up the workgroup EQ Network (Equalizer Network for Underrepresented Gender in Electronic Music) in Berlin, that gives female/trans artists a comfortable working environment for exchanging and exploring musical ideas through music technology. Josa is is also one of the German ambassadors for creative digital education for children at EU Code Week.


Session three: politics and philosophy
April 14th, 2016
Session recap

Helping us explore the impact of  politics and philosophy (feminism, gender & activism) on women undertaking music production education, our third dBs Dialogues guest is Mad Kate.

Mad Kate is a polyqueer sex radical dad, musician and performance artist based in Berlin. She is particularly interested in the politics of borders between and within bodies and the possibilities for personal and global transformation through performativity and (re)imaginative identity positioning relative to perceived borders.


Session four: the creative process and future of the industry
June 1st, 2016
Session recap

For our final dBs Dialogues of 2016 we will discuss the creative process and whether gender  (real or perceived) plays a role in this, as well as the future of the industry (money, business, power; the idea of success). We will also review our past dialogues to try to resolve our burning question of why more women aren’t studying music production – and how are we going to get them here?

We will be joined by two very special guests: Electric Indigo, musician, DJ and founder of the international database female:pressure (and our awesome co-hosts) and Emika, multifarious artist, producer, singer, songwriter, DJ and composer.

Student Facilitator (for all events):
Sarah Kivi is a singer, songwriter, groove conductor, promoter and event manager. She’s  known for her work with Sarah Kivi & Non Orchestra and is currently studying our Electronic Music Production & Performance Degree BA(Hons).

Original photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan 溫嘉勤