Discwoman has unquestionably changed the political landscape of dance music. Founded by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, Emma Burgess-Olson and Christine McCharen-Tran in September 2014, started as a two-day festival at Bossa Nova in New York, Discwoman has grown into a collective, artist agency, and event platform that unapologetically subverts expectations, breaks norms, and amplifies voices of the marginalised. In and outside of the club, they have fearlessly lead the global discourse around gender imbalance on club and festival lineups since their inception in 2014.
On Saturday, April 27th at The SUBSTATION, we are proud to present a showcase of one of the most important collectives in dance music, and a group of incredible women that have inspired us for years.
UMFANG (Discwoman | NYC)
UMFANG is a force of nature behind the decks that has always kept building her community at the core of her ethos. As a DJ, she favours old, blisteringly fast minimal techno cuts, spinning together stark, polyrhythmic, loop-based tracks with a frantic urgency and intensity. The traits of her selections mirror the current-day political climate of the globe - they are equal parts dizzying and engrossing, intense, and full of unexpected twists and turns. Her productions carry the starkness of her DJ sets, taming the energy levels while mesmerising with subtlety and space.
UMFANG’s DIY and feminist values manifest in both her work as an artist and community builder. Since 2013 she has held her monthly Technofeminism residency at legendary New York City institution Bossa Nova Civic Club, focusing on providing a platform emerging talent to blossom. For years she has taught CDJ lessons and conducted DJ workshops for beginner artists, spoken on panels advocating for more inclusive dance music culture, and smashed barriers limiting access of women, femme, and gender non-conforming people to the key positions in the scene.
SHYBOI (Discwoman | NYC)
Jamaican-born, New York based SHYBOI fuses fierce rap, ragga, and club music strains into searing techno and bass heaters. She actively disrupts sonic hierarchies and genre conventions through her high-impact, eclectic selections. As a multidisciplinary creative - a performance and video artist in addition to a DJ and emerging producer - her work has a strong conceptual bent. As a creative positioned between Caribbean and American culture, she uses sound to interrogate ideas of identity, notions of power, perceived histories and the entanglements that happens within these topics.
The past year has seen thunderous momentum building for SHYBOI, with an incredible range of bookings ranging from supporting DJ Stingray on tour, playing the main stage of Aurora Halal’s Sustain-Release festival, disorienting punters with a blindingly intense set at Unsound Krakow, or subverting normative techno aesthetics in institutions like Berghain and De School. A true renegade and boundary-pusher, SHYBOI is part of a new wave of artists moving past convention and forging a new path.
Musician, DJ, and multi-disciplinary experimentalist Makeda explores post-capitalist futures through diaphanous electronic swirls. Sketching a svelte aural palette, she has performed locally and internationally at festivals and clubs including Dark Mofo, RVNG International’s ‘Commend’ store, Cool Room, Soft Centre, the Cité Internationale des Arts, and Bossa Nova Civic Club - alongside a diverse range of artists including Klein, Oscar Key Sung, Elysia Crampton, Gramrcy and Inga Mauer.
As a DJ, Makeda started out on Brisbane’s iconic 4ZZZ community station, and has since been featured on stations including Hope St Radio, Triple J and The Lot NYC and Red Light Radio, whilst lighting up dancefloors in Europe, New York, and her current home of Melbourne. Her production and DJing is informed by her identity as diaspora, reexamining and deconstructing hardcore, jungle and other musics at the intersection of her British and Caribbean heritage. She maintains an expert control of pace and balance in her sets, treading a delicate tightrope between experimental and accessible; fun and challenging; playful and severe.
Tour by Bizarro
Art by GRAPHIC CONTENT @graphic__content
We would like to acknowledge that this event is being held on the stolen land. We wish to acknowledge the custodians of this land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and their Elders past, present, and emerging.
An allocation of free tickets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are available – please DM the Cool Room page and we will organise a free.
THE SUBSTATION is fully wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible toilet. For any accessibility questions or concerns, please contact Cool Room.