Filmmaker, illustrator and recent Barnard College graduate Luna Adler explores three spaces run by professional women: These spaces are special because they exist to solve problems created by gender inequity. In this multi-media video collage, Gender Amplified founder Ebonie Smith speaks about the ways Gender Amplified is re-imagining studios as women-defined spaces. She shares her work to make the music production industry safer and more welcoming for young women.
“Luna Adler is a filmmaker, illustrator, and writer, whose work centers around the topics of social justice and feminism. In 2014, she traveled extensively throughout Nepal, India, and Bhutan, researching ancient Tibetan childbirth practices and the ways they have been transformed by life in exile. Luna graduated from Barnard College with a degree in anthropology in 2015, and was a recipient of the Howard M. Teichmann Writing Prize. She now lives in Brooklyn where she can generally be found drawing woodland creatures, listening to political podcasts, and rollerblading.” – LunaAdler.com
Some people are calling her the rapper du jour, and the wave of praises doesn’t seem to be letting up. Rapsody is making the rounds with a number of high-profile album and single appearances and co-signs from the likes of Dr. Dre, 9th Wonder and Kendrick Lamar. The North Carolina rapper is quickly gaining respect and moving into territories that have been traditionally occupied by men.
She will be headlining the 12th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival as part of a much anticipated lineup including Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli and many more! Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases Hip-Hop culture by highlighting its legacy of inspiring artistic excellence, community building and social change.
Much like the festival itself, Rapsody has used her platform to advocate for women in music production. As the protégé of legendary, Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder and a member of the super crew Kooley High, she has learned many aspects of production under his tutelage over the years. As is evidenced by her Instagram post below, changing the landscape of women in music production starts with women emcees supporting them — no matter their stage of development. Our hat goes off to Rapsody for her support of our community throughout her work and consistent example.
With her undeniable sense of fashion, work for the UN, and unassuming disposition,Delia Derbyshiremay not seem like a pioneer in electronic music at first glance. Nevertheless, her work speaks for itself. In the 1960s and 1970s, she made her mark as a composer of experimental music compositions. If you’ve never heard of Derbyshire, be sure to view Sculptress of Sound: The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire, the 2010 BBC Radio 4 documentary about her life and career entitled.
Delia Ann Derbyshire (May 5, 1937 – July 3, 2001) was an English musician and composer of musique concrète and electronic music. She is known for her electronic interpretation of theme music for the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and for her work for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
In January of 2016, Gender Amplified received a grant from the Awesome Foundation’s New York chapter to support work we’re doing in our community. Read the full announcement to learn more about the award and the foundation.
According to its website, The Awesome Foundation is a “global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.”
Gender Amplified is proud to be recognized by this community of givers. The award meant a great deal to our board of directors and our investors, but it will mean that much more to all the girls and women who benefit from our mentorship programs, community events and ongoing support.
Los Angeles native, TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) is known for her unique take on indie electronic/r&b/dance music. Her classical upbringing and eclectic music taste has allowed her to create vast textural soundscapes—a reverberation that fuses vintage sensibilities with progressive inclinations.
Her music has been recognized and praised by the very best in tastemaker and mainstream media. TOKiMONSTA has been featured on various large-scale radio programs such as: BBC Radio1 (UK), NPR (USA), BBC World Service (UK), J Wave (JP), Studio Brussels (BE), Radio Nova (FR), KCRW (LA) to name a few. Subsequently, DJ Mag, Pitchfork, The Guardian, XLR8R, Paper, LA Times, Dazed and Confused, SPIN, Wax Poetics, MTV, VIBE, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Sound and Recording and more have covered her. LA Weekly ranked her as 2010’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles. Additionally, Resident Adviser did a full feature on her for their “Breaking Through,” an RA series, which focuses on the next big artist.
Not only has she caught ears of many as a different dimension of Los Angeles-based music, TOKiMONSTA is notably the first female to join Flying Lotus’ crew/label BRAINFEEDER, which is on the forefront of LA music scene.
TOKiMONSTA tours the world regularly as a live performer. Her performance is engaging as well as intricate—using new technology with pieces of musical and multimedia gear. She participated in the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in London in 2010. In the summer of 2012, she was apart of the Full Flex Express tour, the first electronic music themed train tour that traveled across Canada with Skrillex, Diplo, Pretty Lights, and Grimes. She performed on the very first SS Coachella, which is Golden Voices’ first ocean cruise festival. Some notable past performances were at Coachella, Sonar Barcelona, DEMF, WMC, Electric Zoo, SxSW, Camp Bisco, Decibel Festival, with more scheduled in the future.
You can check out more of her music at soundcloud.com/tokimonsta!
On March 31, Gender Amplified partnered with The Apollo Theater Education Program’s (ATEP) In-School Career Seminars (ISCS) to offer a music production workshop to students at the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, New York City.
The workshop, entitled “STEM Learning: Dissecting The Music Track,” covered the ways in which science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects are use to create music in the recording studio.
In-School Career Seminars offer students the opportunity to interact with business and creative professionals from the performing arts and entertainment industries. Seminars take place on-site at selected high schools and focus on such topics as marketing and public relations, entertainment law, artist management and technical production.
Alicia Keys took the stage to perform one of her new hit “In Common” at the 2016 BET Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26th in Los Angeles. For years, the 35-year-old entertainer and performer has dazzled fans with her electrifying stage show, but this time things were a little different.
Surrounded by numerous synthesizers and electronic beat machines, Keys simultaneously synthesized her track and sang right in front of the audience. The performance perfectly blended live beatmaking with acoustic guitar playing. Check out the full recap below on BET.com.
Canadian producer Grimes is on a mission to use music technology to express an artistic narrative that has grown out of her control. In this candid interview for The FADER, Grimes discusses the importance of being in control of her sonic narrative. In reference to self-producing her own music, she expresses, “I don’t want to just be the face of this thing that I built; I want to be the person who built it.”
In commenting on her latest album Art Angels, she explains, “Grimes, as one person, cannot represent more than a couple ideas. That’s why I started developing some of the other characters… like really abstract from who I am…”
In a piece entitled “On the RISE: Music is life – Stoni,” ROLI recently profiled Gender Amplified Alumna Stoni demonstrating the new Seaboard RISE musical instrument. ROLI is a design-led technology start up expanding the bandwidth of interaction between people and technology. Read an excerpt from the article below:
“There’s no stage in your life that doesn’t have a song you can reference,” says Stoni, the New York based producer and DJ known for her hard driving hip-hop beats. “Like when you graduate from high school, you’re listening to something, and every time you hear that song later you think ‘Ahhh!’ And you get to recapture that feeling, and it makes you feel great.” READ MORE
Stoni is always on the move helping to bridge the gap between the technology of today and pop culture. She has consulted some of the hottest music producers over her career, which spans several decades.
Our previous Producer Profile with Stoni in 2014 also highlights other areas of her work. She is a trailblazer, and her reign as an accomplished master of music technology is just beginning!
Since that time, Erin has emerged to become one of the new faces in the world of rock music production. Shortly after our interview with her, she began working full time as an engineer and production assistant for legendary producer Tony Visconti.
Today her production credits are vast and varied. Some of the highlights in her discography include David Bowie’s ★ Blackstar and Esperanza Splalding’s latest offering Emily’s D+ Evolution.
One of the goals of Gender Amplified is to identify young talent that has the potential to reshape the production landscape of the music business. Erin’s trajectory and growth is a testament to that mission. We look forward to keeping up with Erin on her journey to the top and beyond!
Gender Amplified alumna Genesis Be, who was a performer at our 2013 music festival, recently shocked the world with her performance at S.O.B’s in NYC. In protest of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s proclamation of April as Confederate Heritage Month, Be draped her body in the Confederate battle flag and hung a noose around her neck during her groundbreaking performance. The event was covered by Billboard Magazine. A link to the full interview is below.
As a music producer, Genesis has a long history of using her art as a means of bringing forth social change. In response to her convictions, a number of news outlets have given Genesis a platform to further explain her mission to have the state of Mississippi officially retire the use of the Confederate battle flag in the design of the federally recognized state flag.
Genesis Be has something special. She is an artist of the future who has a politically charged message that aligns well with the social climate of today.
Gender Amplified – as a music platform – supports artists like Genesis Be, who use their work to inspire change in our world. Be is on her way, and our organization has been supporting her since the very beginning.
Pharrell Williams stopped by New York University’s Clive Davis Institute for a sitdown with students and legendary engineer Bob Power. What happened was nothing short of magical. Check out the interplay between Williams and emerging producer Maggie Rogers in this amazing studio interview!
Maggie Rogers is a star on the rise. It may seem like she’s an overnight success, but she’s taken the time to cultivate a unique sound. You can listen to more of Maggie’s music at listentomaggie.com!