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Jackmaster calls out sexism in the music industry: ‘Something is very wrong here’

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As is the case in so many other professions, sexism is unfortunately a deeply-embedded construct in the largely male-dominated dance music industry. Fortunately, the tides seem to be beginning to turn toward more gender equality in the field. Artists like ANNA, REZZ, Alison Wonderland, and Mija are among the many women who have become extremely powerful forces in dance music. LOUISAHHH!!!, Nina Kraviz, and Nicole Moudaber are successful not only as influential DJs and producers themselves, but also as label heads. Mixmag crowned The Black Madonna as their “DJ of the Year” in 2016.

However, while women in the industry are finally beginning to receive greater recognition for their contributions, the issue of gender inequality within the scene is far from solved. As is the case with any instance of institutional prejudice, positive change is a long, hard-fought road – one which requires vocal recognition of the issues at hand, and self-acknowledgment from industry leaders and potential oppressors.

Jackmaster is the latest influential DJ to address this issue in an outspoken manner. Yesterday, February 5, the Glaswegian musician delivered a diatribe against gender prejudice in dance music following an unpleasant exchange with unnamed individuals. In his reaction to the perspective-shifting experience, Jackmaster acknowledged the “plight…surrounding females in the music industry” as well as his own privilege. The DJ also apologized for his past ignorance on the matter, and noted that he would not name the industry figures who spurred on his rant to avoid inciting a which hunt.

Read Jackmaster’s full series of statements below:

Jackmaster’s very public decrying of these issues has been met with resounding support within the industry, with artists including The Black Madonna, Tiga, and Scuba reiterating his sentiments.

While Jackmaster is far from the first artist to comment publicly on this issue, he’s duly succeeded in once again bringing the importance of its recognition into the spotlight. Hopefully, the dialogue which his Twitter statement inspired yesterday is one that loudly and enthusiastically continues to transpire.

H/T: FACT

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