Jordana LeSesne aka 1.8.7.
A trailblazing trans woman in the hyper-masculine world of jungle/drum 'n' bass, Jordana survived a hate crime at an Ohio dance event, going on to thrive as a producer, DJ and advocate for transgender people. She is currently scoring the Free Cece documentary from Laverne Cox and working on a new album and return to touring later this year. TBM
At a time when visibility for women in house music was incredibly low, this fab-four supergroup (comprised of DJ Heather, DJ Colette, DJ Lady D and Dayhota) held a successful Smart Bar (Chicago) residency and inspired a whole generation of women, including yours truly. TBM
There's no denying the effect of Kraviz's 2013 Resident Advisor video profile – where she is interviewed while presumably naked in a bubble bath. Whether unwitting or calculated, the techno artist prompted a much-needed discussion of feminism in a severely male-dominated and often sexist genre. But let's not just focus on that: with a deep knowledge of dance music, gigs across the globe and a record label that pioneers new talent, she's one of the foremost female DJs in the game. LB
The outspoken New York DJ and party promoter is a sign of the times. Her GHE20G0TH1K events were a safe place for queer people of color, honoring the ballroom house legacy and mixing it all up with unlikely club sounds from all over in true post-inernet fashion. LB
Arcadia Spider to be replaced by "totally different adventure" at Glastonbury 2019
The new plans have been described as "quite radical"
Maceo Plex creates new label for personal experimentation, MPLX
The imprint's first EP 'Mutant Romance' drops on December 7