Emma Olson, Frankie Hutchinson, and Christine Tran, aka Discwoman, are not, as many suspect, a DJ trio. In fact, Olson is the only one. The more soft-spoken member of the group with a stare that kills lenses, she possesses a quiet fire that accompanies the best of DJs. Tran handles Discwoman's financials and contracts and Hutchinson is the public voice for the group, a befitting station as she leans in towards the mic, eager to engage in conversation. The group would arguably not work with all three operating as artists and in fact, it shouldn't. It's as much about awareness as it is about action, and Olson is merely one spoke in the wheel of what they do. Not only does Olson DJ under the torch of Discwoman, the three throw their own events, curate high-profile lineups, operate a booking agency, and sit on countless industry panels to talk about the issues at hand. "More exposure to the masses," says Tran. "that's how we start to change the norm."
Several other women artists have also taken up the charge of leading by example, such as Anna Lunoe, pictured above. Running her own Hyperhouse brand and her own show with Apple Beats 1, she often highlights other female artists on lineups, choosing to work with the likes of rising L.A. star Ducky and aqua-haired OWSLA icon Mija. Lunoe has been an outspoken voice, and in 2014 published a pointed Facebook post saying, "Don't ask me why there are less female producers, we both know that issue is so much bigger than the dance industry. This conversation NEVER STOPS and It doesn't seem to help us girls at all. Instead it seems to further perpetuate the idea of women as visitors in this industry who should be fighting for their place."