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'Tribes' Documentary Series Spotlights the State of Female DJs: Watch

Discwoman 2016
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A still from Tribes Ep. 1: Discwoman.

It's no secret that dance music can be another "boys' club" with rosters dominated by men, but there are plenty of talented women in the scene who are fighting to change that. Smirnoff Sound Collective, the vodka brand's international music platform, launched a documentary series this week, and the first episode celebrates female DJs in honor of International Women's Day.

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The 12-minute episode features renowned female DJs from around the world and the New York City-based DJ collective and booking agency DISCWOMAN. The collective's three co-founding members, Christine Tran, Frankie Hutchinson and Emma Burgess Olson, share their perspective on the role women have played in dance music.

They're also joined by DJs such as Nicole Moudaber, The Black Madonna, Star Eyes, Sandunes, Demian Licht and Nina Sonik as they discuss the disparities they face in the industry compared to men.

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"It's almost like a mafia. When you look at the lineups for any of these major festivals with maybe 80 DJs playing and out of them, if you're lucky, four will be women," said Vivian Host (Star Eyes). "And you think dance music is so free and open and it comes from this utopian ethos. Like, no way."

Watch the first episode below: