Gender Amplified Attends Hip Hop Hackathon At Spotify

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On June 10th, Gender Amplified was invited to participate in Hip Hop Hacks, an event dedicated to celebrating and exploring the intersection of hip-hop and technology. Organized by R. Sommer McCoy/Monthly Music Hackathon NYC and held at Spotify‘s New York City office, the day included group discussions with industry leaders, workshops varying in topics from music production to computer science, and performances from guest lecturers and attendees!

Producer, engineer, singer-songwriter, and Gender Amplified founder Ebonie Smith served as one of the panelist for a listening/critique session alongside fellow artists/producers Hank Shocklee (Bomb Squad, Public Enemy), Breakbeat Lou (producer/DJ), Ms Madli (producer/engineer/iStandard Champion), VHVL (electronic musician), and POZIBELLE (producer/educator). The listening session gave beatmakers and producers of all skill levels a chance to showcase their work and gain useful feedback from distinguished industry professionals.

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After panelist introductions were announced, legendary producer Hank Shocklee gave up-and-coming producers in the room some inspiring words of wisdom to live by before the start of the listening/critique session.

“This is for all of the young producers. You guys, right now, have the key to the future in your hands. You can build upon the wisdom of the past and even relate to what’s happening in the future. But the thing you guys have to understand now is… networking with each other is what’s going to continue making this industry strong. Sitting around just talking about music is an important aspect. What you want to do is build a relationship. Music is spiritual, and if you connect your vibrations and your spirits together, you’ll create better art.”

Check out more recap images from the event!

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Gender Amplified Announces New Web Series: 60 Seconds of Truth

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In a new web series called 60 Seconds of Truth, Gender Amplified aims to broadcast the stories of a wide array of women in music production and sound engineering.

In 60 seconds, these women will share their narratives from their own mouths. You’ll learn about how they became interested in music technology, what types of gear they use, where they learned their crafts and much much more! The series looks to give voice to budding producers as well as more established women as well. Stay tuned for more to come on this series!

The Future is Female – Madame Gandhi at SXSW 2017!

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One of our favorite music producers, Kiran Gandhi (her independent musical projects are under the stage name Madame Gandhi), has had quite the busy month… and it’s only getting started!

This week alone she has performed several showcases at Austin’s annual SXSW Conference and Festival, including two DJ sets for SoulCycle and live performances at TechCrunch Day Party, Empire Control Room & Garage, MOOGfest, Empress, and SheShreds. Gandhi brings surprises and new additions to her show such as the Madame Drum Set (a beautiful gold and yellow acrylic drum set created by DW Drums), various tattoo, sticker, and vinyl merchandise, and songs about the current political state in America.

For the full list of DJ sets, live performances, and panel discussions Gandhi will be participating in for the remainder of SXSW 2017, refer to the flier below:


And if you missed our Producer Spotlight on Kiran (Madame) Gandhi, you can find it here.




Celebrate This Holiday Season In Style With ART GIRL ARMY!

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This year has been one for the books for our friends at the ART GIRL ARMY, and they want to celebrate this holiday season with you in style.

They’ve partnered with the fantastic New Women Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to bring you delicious food, live performances, festive drinks, an AGA pop-up shop, and more!

This event is open to the public, meaning AGA supporters of all genders are welcome, so come with the ones you love and party with your favorite friendly neighborhood girl gang.

Tickets include entry and access to the by-donation bar!

And the winner of the “Dear Daughter Remix Contest” is…

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Last month Gender Amplified teamed up with Halestorm for our “Dear Daughter Remix Contest” where the winner would receive $1000 and a chance to meet frontwoman Lzzy Hale!

And the winner is… TMPO! Check out the mix below, it’s pretty spectacular!

Congratulations and a huge thank you to all who entered!

Make sure to follow TMPO here:

Pushing Buttons Collective: Calling All Producers to Submit for Live Beat-making Battle

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Pushing Buttons Collective is a band of like-minded artists building community under the umbrella of instrumental music. The group hosts a radio series, Pushing Buttons Radio, that strives to showcase the best in instrumental beats and culture. The show runs the gamut from lo-fi to wonky, from instrumental hip hop to house, from broken beat to future beats.

Keeping with the spirit of its mission, on Friday, September 9th, Pushing Buttons Collective will host “Kicks and Snares,” a monthly beat cypher for producers at the Friends and Lovers venue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. The show will take place from 7-10pm.

Calling All Producers: If you’d like to be considered to showcase your live beat-making skills at this event, please submit your tracks directly to the group’s official email account!


Event Recap: Gender Amplified In-School Seminar at Frederick Douglass Academy

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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.

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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 Creates Tracks Live On Stage at BET Awards

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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

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Alicia Keys has always been a supporter of women in production and engineering. Ann Mincieli, Keys’ longtime sound engineer, is the owner of Jungle City Studios in New York City.

Gender Amplified Founder Ebonie Smith Talks STEM, Music and Gender at Spotify

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On April 2nd, Gender Amplified founder Ebonie Smith stopped by the Spotify headquarters to discuss Gender Amplified and perform new music.

The event, entitled “Hip Hop Hacks,” was sponsored by Monthly Music Hackathon NYC. The Music Hackathon is a monthly all-day event for musicians and engineers to create new music-related projects from scratch, develop them throughout 10 hours, then perform or present them in a concert in the evening.

On Saturday, April 30th, Gender Amplified returned to Monthly Music Hackathon for a special event entitled “Gender in Music Hackathon”. Ebonie Smith presented a lecture entitled “STEM Learning: Dissecting the Music Track” for a group of amazing workshop attendees.

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Event Recap – Apollo Beat Production Workshop – March 23

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Yesterday Gender Amplified hosted a music production at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Entitled “Engineering Culture Through Beat Production”, the workshop was organized in collaboration with the Apollo Theater Academy, an initiative that fosters leadership and professional development in the arts through seminars, workshops, panels and internships. Check out some of the positive feedback on socials!




 Ever wonder how your favorite songs are made? Ever wonder what happens between the time it takes your favorite artist to record a song and the time it plays on your radio? The workshop took a look at some of the technical tricks, tools and ideas that contribute to the beat making and music production process. This session also reviewed how cultural and social ideas are embedded in music through technical means.

The event proceeded a wonderful panel called Behind the Scenes: Women in Hip Hop. Often overshadowed by their male counterparts, the panel focused on celebrating women who have played a pivotal role in establishing Hip Hop as a genre in the world of arts and entertainment. This panel looked at various careers paths taken by women who define their work under the Hip Hop genre. Panelists included:




Event Recap – #INDEPENDENT MUSIC Panel – November 17

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to represent Gender Amplified on a wonderful panel of music industry professionals at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. The panel was organized in collaboration with the Apollo Theater Academy, an initiative that fosters leadership and professional development in the arts through seminars, workshops, panels and internships.

Our topic was the state of independent music in the midst of an ever-changing music industry. As I looked into the crowded sea of artists, Gordon Chambers, our distinguished moderator, guided the conversation with a series of thought-provoking questions and inspiring career anecdotes.

I was in great company alongside Amadeus (Producer, Platinum Boy Music), Wes Jackson (Founder and Executive Director, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival), Tamar-kali (Musician, Songwriter), and Steff Reed (Singer, Songwriter, Producer). Each of the panelists brought an interesting and unique perspective to the conversation. I learned so much from their insights.

From the importance of major labels in modern music to the day-to-day practice of being a working musician balancing life and career goals, our talk touched many facets of art in culture. However, the most exciting aspect of the evening was speaking to young girls and women after the panel event. One young lady expressed how she wished an organization like Gender Amplified existed while she was still in college. Another woman shared her dream of starting a non-profit for women producers. She did not realize that other women were already out there building similar communities. She felt supported. I was glad to be in attendance to help inspire these women on their unique journeys toward greatness in music production.

As Gender Amplified continues to grow, it’s important to me to continue to remain accessible to women at all stages of their careers. It’s important to continue to go into the crowds and find those women on their paths as music producers. Their stories inspire me and help affirm the community building work that I do. My desire to reach out to them with professional resources and words of encouragement is the act of living the mission and promise of Gender Amplified.



More Gender Amplified Contributors

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In less than two weeks, a bevy of speakers, artists, producers, and industry professionals will come together at Barnard College for the Gender Amplified Music Festival. The brainchild of Ebonie Smith, Gender Amplified seeks to provide a platform for the promotion and advancement of women in music production and identify and motivate the next generation of women music producers. On September 28, 2013, this mission will be activated through a day of free workshops, panels, and performances that connect women in music-making. This is the second installment of posts highlighting Gender Amplified contributors (see the first one here).

Genesis Be is the founder of entertainment company Open Sky Artworks, a radio personality, a graduate of NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, an activist, and one of three artists taking the stage at Gender Amplified. Raised in Mississippi, she discovered her penchant for writing and rapping at the age of 13, and has since recorded five projects. Genesis comes from a legacy of activism and has organized around various social justice issues since she was a young girl. Now focusing on her artistry and voice, Genesis continues to make change as a woman making and producing music. She currently resides in Brooklyn and just released her fifth studio album GENESEQUA this summer. Give her most recent single, “Tampons & Tylenol,” a play (above).

Barb Morrison is a New York-based  musician, songwriter, composer, and producer who has worked with numerous artists including Blondie, Rufus Wainwright, L.P., and The Cliks. Morrison started out pursuing a music career, touring with Sonic Youth, Hole, and Patti Smith among other musicians, but has since been involved in the production side of things. Her work has been featured in the Top 5 Billboard dance chart and includes film scores. Morrison will be speaking at Gender Amplified on the Virginia C. Gildersleeve Panel: Exploring the Impact of Women in Music Production.

Leading the Turntablism 101 workshop at the Festival is DJ Reborn, who has spun for clubs, concerts, museums, artists, and fashion houses all over the world. He DJ sets have provided dynamic soundscapes for clients including the Sydney Opera House, the Whitney Museum, Lauryn Hill, and Calvin Klein. The New York-via-Chicago DJ mentors and educates youth at Urban Word NYC, where she has created a space for young women to explore DJing and creative writing and critically reflect on images of women in media culture. DJ Reborn is also a lead instructor at Dubspot, New York’s premier DJing and music production school. Watch “DJ Reborn, DJ + Educator :: 120 Seconds,” below.

Check out Gender Amplified’s full schedule of events here!