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                                                              In 2022, one of the biggest glass ceilings in the electronic
                                                              music landscape was broken when Charlotte de Witte
                                                              became the first female to close out the main stage of
                                                              Tomorrowland. While the honor was long overdue, de
                                                              Witte has become one of the most beloved and respected
                                                              producers on the planet thanks to her pulsing techno
                                                              anthems and incredible branding through her KNTXT label.
                                                              Her place at the top of the dance music hierarchy is joined
                                                              by fellow producers Rezz and Alison Wonderland, who have
                                                              also found top-billing success while crafting their unique
                                                              sound and style and staying connected to their ever-
                                                              growing legions of fans.

                                                              As their success continues to pave the way for the next
                                                              generation of female producers and DJs, they are far from
                                                              alone in working to overcome the male dominance that
                                                              has been so common throughout all music scenes. Looking
                                                              back over the past decade to when electronic music broke
                                                              through to the mainstream, it is hard to imagine it would
                                                              have reached such heights without the female singers
                                                              and songwriters who contributed to some of the scene’s
                                                              biggest anthems. David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Zedd are
                                                              all mainstays on the biggest stages around the world and
                                                              owe much of that success to Sia, Ellie Goulding, and Foxes

                                                              While the ensuing years continued to see men dominate
                                                              the stages, the voices of singers such as Emma Hewitt
                                                              and Christina Novelli were key to the sounds that defined
                                                              the scene. Their powerful influence has helped usher in a
                                                              new generation of vocalists and artists that continue to
                                                              influence and define electronic music. Joining the ranks
                                                              of Hewitt and Novelli are modern-day legends Haliene,
                                                              Linney, and Sarah de Warren, to name a few. The role of the
                                                              featured vocalist is being pushed forward, reminding fans
                                                              and producers everywhere that they are more than singers,
                                                              but also artists and forces to be reckoned with.

                                                              Of course, female empowerment and artistry are becoming
                                                              more of the norm as a new generation of artists look to
                                                              leave their mark on the industry. Producers like Amelie
                                                              Lens, Peggy Gou, Jessica Audiffred, and Nora En Pure are all
                                                              trailblazing their paths in the electronic music landscape,
                                                              producing incredible anthems that are a stark reminder
                                                              that gender does not affect musical ability or creativity.
                                                              Even more exciting is the variety and genre-bending styles
                                                              that are coming from these artists. Whether it be techno,
                                                              deep house, dubstep, or some blending of styles, there is a
                                                              fearless energy as female artists rightfully earn their place
                                                              alongside their male counterparts.

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