In the spirit of the time, we asked Nicole Moudaber, WHIPPED CREAM, Kid Moxie, NINA, Anabel Englund and Annika Rose what being a woman in music means to them. We also shout out Kx5 collaborators Hayla and Sophie Hawley-Weld of SOFI TUKKER.
“Maybe a better question is – what does it mean to be a man in music? Being a man in music means you don’t have to battle for your place, you don’t have to prove yourself, you don’t have to fight to be taken seriously, and you don’t have to worry you’re being booked to meet some quota. Being a woman in music means being fatigued by still having to answer this question in 2023. Music is my life and my world, but it has nothing to do with my gender.”
– Nicole Moudaber
Nigerian-born, British Lebanese artist Nicole Moudaber has been smashing perceptions in dance music since the beginning of her career in nightlife by throwing parties in Beirut. Coming into 2023, she has lots in store including the debut of her InTheMood stage takeover at Ultra Music Festival in Miami this month, InTheMood presents headlining show at Knockdown Center in NYC April 1, and an ongoing international tour. Look for her latest single “Intentionally” alongside “Intentionally (Carl Cox Remix)” to be released on March 10. Pre-save “Intentionally” here: https://lnk.to/MOOD086
“I never think or create based on my gender nor do I think of myself as a woman in music. I simply think of myself as a musician. Having said that, there have been numerous times that I have been reminded of my minority status, especially in the composer world, which have made me feel that I needed to work extra hard to prove myself.”
– Kid Moxie
“For me, to be a woman in music is to be an artist in music. And because the best art inspires and resonates in a universal way I always try to create music that achieves this. This means that all my time and energy goes into writing, recording and performing the kind of songs that invoke this universality of spirit. So, as a music artist I don’t spend much time pondering my womanhood. I get behind my art, put it first, and let it speak for itself.”
While physically thousands of miles apart, the partnership between LA-based, Greek pop artist KID MOXIE and Berlin-based, German pop artist NINA came organically. Upon connecting, it was instantly clear the two were “synth sisters” destined to make music together. The result is a 5-track EP collection titled Lust set for release on March 24 via Italians Do It Better. The title track “Lust” is out now onall digital platforms alongside an edgy and seductive neo-noir music visual shot in Athens by director Paige Von Bank. Most recently, KID MOXIE & NINA unveiled the dreamy escape track “Electric Kiss,” co-written by the duo, with production, mixing and guitars by Athens-based Hristos Lainas aka Franklin and additional arrangement and guitar hook by multi-instrumentalist Oliver Blair aka Radio Wolf.
“Women make music to teach each other, to inform the next generation, and they make hard decisions in order to help achieve a semblance of respect from peers and critics alike.”
– WHIPPED CREAM
Boasting a portfolio of work with a diversity of greats such as Latto, UNIIQU3, Moore Kismet, and Lil Keed, there is no limit to Canadian WHIPPED CREAM — who is Caroline Cecil’s creative ingenuity. Her upcoming seven-song EP Someone You Can Count On for Monstercat sees her step out of her comfort zone and into her higher power to unleash a boundless and raw representation of her artistry. Someone You Can Count On–a body of work that chronicles her journey of self-discovery (Someone you can count on is always you)–also features the single “The Dark” which has her teaming with rapper and songwriter Jasiah and producer Crimson Child for a genre-bending masterpiece. Unraveling a story about toxic love and loss, the single puts Jasiah’s operatic talents on full display, heightening the drama in the haunting keys and textured synthwork. “The Dark” will also be available as a unique, first-of-its kind VR experience for its video set to debut at SXSW XR Experience this month. Read more about SXSW here.
“To be a woman in music to me means that I am lucky enough to be able to express myself for the world to hear. It means that my voice can represent many. It means I can invoke emotion, passion, pleasure & heartbreak just by existing as who I am. It means I have to repeat myself & fight to be seen & heard. Being a woman in music has a richness to it, it’s like being on a rollercoaster at sunset in Miami.”
– Anabel Englund
Singer, songwriter & DJ Anabel Englund’s sound is entrancing in its dichotomy; bright and carefree with her authentic Southern California breeziness. Other times she is irresistibly alluring with her dark, smoldering touch. The 2020 and 2021 iHeart Music “Dance Artist Of The Year” nominee is a groundbreaker on her own terms, holding eight #1 U.S. Dance Radio singles. Her latest to peak is “Need Me Right” which finds her teaming with co-writer Paul Harris (known as one half of Dirty Vegas whose global smash “Days Go By” brought dance music to the masses) and newcomer James Hurr for a song that is body-moving and sultry. Listen to “Need Me Right” here: https://lnk.to/needmeright
“Being a woman in music means singing a little louder, expressing a little deeper, and standing a little taller. It means embracing your power, and using it to tell stories and pave a path for yourself that’s void of stereotypical ideas women ‘should or shouldn’t’ be talking about, and focused solely on being the most fully empowered version of yourself: firm, strong, honest, and unapologetic. loud. soft.
everything in between.”
– Annika Rose
At just 20 years old, Annika Rose embodies a clarity of vision that’s rare even among the most established artists. Strong-willed and self-driven, the rising Los Angeles singer-songwriter has devoted her adolescence to music, spending nights alone at the piano unearthing her most authentic voice. She’s built a loyal fanbase of nearly half a million strong across TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Discord and her work has evolved; she’s created a new soundscape for her undeniable lyrics and melodies. With a new batch of music and a new approach to releasing it, Annika is ready to take the music consumption experience to the next level, fully incorporating virtual and traditional elements as one and changing the rules on what a music artist looks like in 2023. After successfully selling out her latest single “Bruises” as a limited collection of 25 audio NFTs followed by 50 audio NFTs of “In My Head,” Annika recently teamed with JagwarTwin for the NFT release of “Lost” via Sound.xyz garnering the #2 spot on the 7 day and #7 spot on the 30 day Top 100 Sounds charts. Look for the single to arrive on DSPs March 17.
Hayla’s soaring vocal is heard on Kx5’ debut single “Escape” released in early 2022. The single which she co-wrote went on to soaring heights for Kaskade & deadmau5’ project landing them their first ever Top40 radio single and becoming the #1 radio dance track of the year. She has also joined the duo live to perform “Escape” at EDC Las Vegas and their iconic record-breaking performance which drew 50,000+ fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Listen to “Escape” here: https://kx5.ffm.to/escape
Kx5’s latest single “Sacrifice” is an emotionally charged, powerful dancefloor track featuring the vocals of SOFI TUKKER’s Sophie Hawley-Weld and production by all four artists – SOFI TUKKER’s Weld and Tucker Halpren, alongside Kx5 who is deadmau5 and Kaskade. The celebrated duo have resonated across the globe with their inclusive and global perspective on electronic music, laced with themes of liberation, unity, and self-empowerment.