The Discwoman cofounder reflects on five years of techno feminism.
There was a time, not so long ago, when the electronic music world would shrug at an all-male lineup. These days, there are a handful of festivals and clubs that remain in the Stone Age, but for the most part, they can't get away with it anymore. That's due in part to Discwoman, the Brooklyn-based collective and booking agency run by Frankie Decaiza Hutchison, Christine McCharen-Tran and Emma Burgess-Olsen, AKA Umfang. They created the organization in hopes of building an electronic music landscape where they saw themselves reflected, and in only five years they've helped catalyse a significant transformation. What began as a two-night party at a bar in Bushwick grew into a global platform with a red-hot roster and events in over a dozen countries. Along the way they've galvanized electronic music media and the international festival circuit, not to mention local music scenes.
If Burgess-Olsen is the working DJ and McCharen-Tran the business genius, Decaiza Hutschison is the anchor for the project, whose convictions shape the tone and conduct of the organization. She's also something of a social media celebrity, with an intimate online personae that can be deeply compassionate or fiercely antagonistic, depending on the context. In 2018 she signed on as a full-time booker at Bossa Nova Civic Club and for this year's Black History Month she curated the first-ever Dweller, a six-night festival of all-black talent. She met up with Resident Advisor staff writer Max Pearl in Brooklyn to share some wisdom (and laughs) about how she got to where she is.
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