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Female DJs On The Rise In The NYC Dance Scene

Impatiently Waiting For This To Be The Norm

Mazlow playing at Above It All at The DL, New York

Photo by Gabo Rodriguez Tossas @whatisgabrod

It’s 2022 and we’re finally, finally seeing female DJs.

Women are the biggest powerhouses in the music industry – think T-Swift, Rihanna, Beyonce. When they create, we listen. But these are also artists that have the assistance of mainstream media, streaming platforms, and brands.

Now, what about women in dance music? You might get lucky and stumble upon tickets to see DJ trailblazers like Charlotte de Witte, VNSSA, Sam Devine, or Anna Lunoe… but let’s BeReal. Think about it – what are the odds that when you show up at the club, peaking at 12am, there’ll be a woman behind the decks? Odds were low, but now things have changed.

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Noah Kahan at The Rooftop at Pier 17 NYC. October 20, 2022

Photo Courtesy of Morgan Gelber

Noah Kahan has reinvented autumn - it’s a Vermont state of mind and no one is mad about it. Welcome to Stick Season.

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Name a musician,producer, or DJ with a full band that can fill Avant Gardner’s Kings Hall on a rainy Sunday night in Brooklyn.

The answer is Bonobo.

Bonobo (aka Simon Green) is currently on the North American leg of his Fragments tour. The five-time GRAMMY-nominee is on the road with his full band – yes, including trumpets, drums, vocals, guitars, and keys.

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Popdust’s Exclusive With VNSSA

Her latest remix, TikTok, touring, and advice to all you DJs out there


Photo by Maddie Liner

VNSSA’s remix of Claude VonStroke’s song “These Notes In This Order” drops September 9th. Be sure to check it out - and more - on her Spotify.

Last weekend, Popdust hit the ground running at Electric Zoo - NYC’s end-of-summer EDM bash. Thousands made the trip to Randall’s Island Park to jump, dance, and sweat it out under the laser lights of music’s biggest players.

Lucky for us, our exclusive access to EZOO didn’t end with a final song as we got to sit down with VNSSA.

The Southern California native is a resident on our list of top DJ talent, hitting the stage at some of this year's largest festivals including Coachella and Bonnaroo.

VNSSA answered some of my burning questions about all things house, collaborating, producing, and being a woman in yet one more industry where the lineup is full of men:

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ANDY and GENPOP behind the decks at the DL

Photo by Brian Ho

Every summer I seem to trip and fall face first into something new. Whether it be a person, place, or new passion, that’s what the hottest months are for.

Thankfully, summer is also when music - especially in New York - is unstoppable. You’d be hard-pressed to find a night during the week when music isn’t happening, and for me, it’s been the summer of House.

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Courtesy of Drew Perez, Instagram: @d.r.e.w.b.y

Courtesy of Drew Perez, Instagram: @d.r.e.w.b.y

Image courtesy of Drew Perez, Instagram: @d.r.e.w.b.y

On August 8th and 9th, Glass Animals took over Brooklyn Mirage and Popdust had the chance to catch it for you.

So, we all know “Heat Waves” right? Released in June of 2020, Glass Animals released the song-of-the-summer that we had no idea would never end. Flash forward to 2022, the chart topping track has not only stayed relevant but has been remixed by artists like Diplo, Sonny Fodera, and Iann Dior.

However, the Glass Animals tour is far more than one song and their two night-run at Brooklyn Mirage for Dreamland.irl proves just that. Now, you all know, if it's at Mirage - I’m there. Unlike other nights, this English indie rock band invaded the venue from the moment you step through the door.

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