Compiled by In the Key of She, this directory is designed to help you discover new music from female and non-binary electronic music producers. Organised alphabetically and by genre, the details provided are taken from the artists’ public profiles – ItKoS is impartial and is not endorsing, or affiliated with anyone listed here. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please feel free to suggest producers we may have missed, and please help us keep the Directory current by letting us know of any broken links, or incorrect information.
Producer based in Bristol, UK.
Producer and vocalist Amy Kisnorbo returns to her UK roots, landing in Bristol last year having spent the last 5 years honing her DJ skills and playing out under her moniker Alchemist in Australia. Becoming a mainstay of the warehouse and boutique festival scenes supporting a host of local and international talent, including acts such as Amit, Djinn, Fixate, Headland, J:Kenzo, Shades and VIVEK.
Producer based in New York/Los Angeles, USA.
Anna Morgan is a producer, DJ, label head, and curator moving between NYC & LA. She is a connoisseur of globally minded low-end frequencies exploring the junction of urban and tribal. She is Co-founder of the NYC based Worst Behavior Recs Label/Promo company, as well as a curator/contributor to the Footwork Jungle Blog. As a DJ and producer she highlights urban diasporic stories while catering to dance enthusiasts, spanning a variety of genres.
Producer based in London, UK.
A skilled producer, DJ and presenter. You should certainly expect the unexpected where B.Traits is concerned – but if there’s something you can predict, it’s that whatever comes next will be dedicated and unique.
Producer based in Waterford, Ireland.
Cailín’s debut 12″ ‘Phantom Love Affair’ was released on AllCIty Records offshoot Gurriers – 4 tracks of raw, machine fuelled techno which has received support from Surgeon, Dave Clarke, Ben Sims, Perc & others. This was soon followed by a VA release on Ben Sim’s Symbolism imprint. 2022 will see Cailín release a further EP, 2 VAs and 3 remixes.
Producer based in Portsmouth, UK.
Dovetail blends tough but soaring tech-house, techno and broken beats with infectious energy. In 2020 she hit No.1 in Beatport’s Breaks Releases chart and she’s a champion of small labels and self-producers, especially women. Off the decks she runs ‘In the Key of She’, a research project and platform investigating how female producers are carving spaces for themselves in male dominated electronic music scenes.
Producer based in Berlin, Germany.
As one of the most iconic artists of her generation in electronic music to date, Ellen Allien embodies the core ethos of techno: a visionary who looks to the future for inspiration, carving out her own niche and presiding over an empire that has imbued the world of techno and dance music with her unique DNA. A dynamic selector who prides herself on her extensive knowledge of music and dance floors worldwide, she has travelled the globe as a DJ playing at every major club on the circuit and commanding the big stage at festivals from Europe to South America. Ellen’s eternally creative mind has led to the production of nine solo albums and an extensive back catalogue of singles, EPs and remix work.
Producer based in London, UK.
Hannah Holland has played a pivotal role in London’s alternative and queer London club scene since the mid-noughties, arriving on dancefloors sharing electro tinged techno but equally inspired by the influential sounds of DnB and jungle heard at legendary parties such as Metalheadz, which she had frequented in her early teens. The cultural melting pot of London, community, musical exploration and the transcendent potential of dancefloor have always been her biggest inspiration. Having already been “borrowing” (and perhaps never since returning) Kraftwerk, Grace Jones and Talking Heads records from her parents, the influence of this metropolitan musical soup ensured that Holland emerged on the decks with a unique musical character and diverse taste, hallmarks of her sound that she has not lost since, whether undertaking residencies at iconic parties such as Trailer Trash, rocking Glastonbury’s hedonistic and spectacular NYC Downlow, or undertaking far-reaching marathon sets at Berlin’s Panorama Bar. Founded in 2009 as both a record label and party, Batty Bass began Holland’s outlet to explore the disparate strains of electro, acid, techno and house that drive her charismatic DJ sets forward, delivering party-friendly wax cuts from like-minded producers such as Josh Caffe, The Carry Nation, Mama, Lauren Flax and Justin Robertson’s Deadstock 33s. The imprint also provided Holland with a self-determined platform for her own music, memorably including ‘Paris’ Acid Ball’, an acid-tinged anthem that continues to summon voguing sweat in queer spaces worldwide. Holland scored another anthemic moment in 2017, in collaboration with longtime friend and creative partner Josh Caffe on ‘Fade To Me’, released on Crosstown Rebels, following the ‘Lush EP’ ft. IMMA/MESS, via seminal UK house imprint, Classic Music. Meanwhile, her powerful remixes of DJ Hell, Goldfrapp, The Knife, Planningtorock remain as forward-thinking and exciting as the acts themselves. In 2019, Batty Bass will release a wealth of new material from Holland herself, developed alongside her role writing, producing and playing with the dark-pop band, Black Gold Buffalo, who released their self-titled, long-awaited debut album in 2018. Capturing much of the same rave euphoria and timeless sound in her early work, Holland’s upcoming releases reflect the changes in the landscape of UK dance. Recent appearances have included Fabric for the extravagant Lovechild/Vogue Ball, alongside the notorious London underground parties Savage, Chapter 10 and Adonis. On the fringes of the capital, Holland is a regular at the annual Field Manuevers boutique festival, and across the Atlantic, has guested at the infamous US rave The Carry Nation, alongside her recurring appointments at Panorama Bar in Berlin.
Producer based in Hastings, United Kingdom.
Kim Cosmik started as a DJ with Sprial Tribe and Bedlam, playing at festivals and clubs all over the U.K and Europe as well as the legendary Knowledge Club at S.W.1, London. Kim Cosmik formed her own label, Void Records with fellow band member Blaze and in partnership with Hotmix / Bunker records in Holland and then Void was later signed to Matador EMI. Kim Cosmik also created a new alias, Siren and released drum and bass music with Blaze on Spectrum Audio / Alphamagic and also collaborated with Dj Damage with a track remix by Dylan.
Producer based in London, UK.
Described as a “one-woman powerhouse’” by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, lau.ra is the new project from producer, DJ and vocalist Laura Bettinson. Hailing from the Midlands but residing in London, Bettinson has forged a successful career as independent alt-pop artist FEMME since 2013, and 1/3rd of Ultraísta with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Now Bettinson turns her attention to electronic music, dancing deeper into her role as producer and DJ however as a vocalist she still shines brightly in dance music as evidenced on her recent work with ODESZA and Golden Features on their 2020 BRONSON single ‘Heart Attack’.
Producer based in Leicester, UK.
The only female to have broken into the official top 10 DJ’s in the DJ MAG worldwide polls. From Hard House to Trance, PsyTrance to Techno, Breaks to House and everything in between. Over 24 years in the music industry, Lisa has cemented her roots deeply and firmly in the UK & International underground scene.
Producer based in Berlin, Germany.
Eclecticism is the keyword when it comes to the musical taste of LUZ1E. Based on her love of harsh drums, weird bleeps and bouncy basslines, she interweaves dark Electro with complex Breaks, Techno and the occasional dreamy bop. Born and raised in Frankfurt she quickly developed a keen interest in electronic music when her brother introduced her to early House music. Inspired by the dance sound of Detroit, Chicago, New York and the UK she translates the diverse sonic influences into her sets and productions, which build a bridge between classic tunes and new sounds combining them into a notion of futuretroism. Eclecticism is the keyword when it comes to the musical taste of LUZ1E. Based on her love of harsh drums, weird bleeps and bouncy basslines, she interweaves dark Electro with complex Breaks, Techno and the occasional dreamy bop. Born and raised in Frankfurt she quickly developed a keen interest in electronic music when her brother introduced her to early House music. Inspired by the dance sound of Detroit, Chicago, New York and the UK she translates the diverse sonic influences into her sets and productions, which build a bridge between classic tunes and new sounds combining them into a notion of futuretroism.
Producer based in Denver, USA.
Denver-based by way of Greenville, SC, NotLö is quickly becoming one of the most exciting producer/DJs in bass music. Her project has been described as amplifying “inclusion, acceptance, tolerance, and love,” and she is determined to not only shatter the mold but pioneer a new definition. Drawing from her experience as a queer woman in electronic music, NotLö has used her platform for a variety of causes – 100% of proceeds from her latest EP ‘Evolve’ went directly to benefitting the NAACP, and her recently curated event, NotLö N’ Friends, donated all proceeds to RAINN – an organization dedicated to aiding survivors of sexual violence. She has received cosigns by EDM heavy hitters such as Griz, CloZee and TRUTH. Emphasizing low end bass with distorted grooves, NotLö takes listeners on a dark and ethereal sonic journey – it’s guaranteed that she will continue to expand her influence and impact on her terms.