FBi’s Dance Class
FBi is passionate about seeing more women take charge in the music industry. With the support of V MoVement, we developed FBi’s Dance Class: a comprehensive DJ training and mentoring initiative for female dance music lovers. It’s a unique program to discover, train and mentor a new crop of talent.
Trainees participate in a series of masterclasses delivered by FBi Radio presenters and alumni, including DJs Andy Garvey (Sunset with Future Classic DJs), Adi Toohey (Sunset) and Kali (Picnic on FBi Click), and FBi’s Program Director Caroline Gates. Then we pair the trainees up with an FBi mentor, who they will join on air for a month before taking charge of their own show – the Dance Class residency on FBi Click. Dance music needs a dancefloor, so we’ll organise debut gigs for all the trainees to show off their new skills!
Favourite labels: G.O.O.D. Music, OVO, Roc Nation, Def Jam, Top Dawg Entertainment.
Ebony loves new school hiphop, RnBass and Afrobeat, and considers her tastes to be pretty eclectic. She was raised on African music and reggae by her parents, but was also influenced by older siblings listening to indie rock and pop. Ebony is looking forward to being mentored by dope DJs and being part of a cultural change where female DJs are not only respected for what they do, but are also the norm. She is in her final year of a journalism degree at UTS, and co-runs online blog izmzmag and monthly party night GIRLS at Plan B Small Club.
Favourite labels: Fool’s Gold, October Records, Fade To Mind, Pieater, Astral People, NLV Records.
Ella loves to create mixes that express and encourage gender fluidity. She believes that music is key to creating a more free and accepting world. Ella hopes to be part of a growing community of female artists making a mark on the Australian music industry. On the side, she has her own jewellery label, ELLA MAXIMILLION.
Favourite labels: Trekkie Trax, Sidechains, Fright House, NLV Records, Fool’s Gold.
El knew she didn’t just want to be a consumer of electronic music as she started exploring the Sydney music scene and became immersed in the buzzing Sidechains community. She hopes to contribute a culture that appreciates the talent of female DJs and the potential for music to make us more connected as a society. El is currently studying Fine Arts at UNSW.
Favourite labels: PC Music, Club Aerobics, NLV Records, Sidechains, Activia Benz.
Holly characterises her music taste as anything that’s interesting, great to dance to and unapologetically fun. Holly is looking forward to cracking into an industry traditionally dominated by men, while connecting with other music lovers and fostering new friendships and projects.
Favourite labels: Nachtstrom Schallplatten, Boysnoize Records, Life and Death, Code is Law, Delsin Records.
Katrina is into techno music that’s dark, fast and hypnotic. The kind that evokes emotion and makes you want to dance. She hopes to expose this sound to more women and hopefully motivate them to join the scene. Katrina’s also a graphic designer and hails from Ukraine.