Survey on female and non-binary DJs & producers in 2020 - by L'Appel du 8 Mars
L’Appel du 8 Mars has gathered a list of questions for female and non-binary DJs and producers around the world. It aims to evaluate leading trends on their preferred equipment, how they position themselves, what are their perception on production, the challenges they face in their careers and during this pandemic.
This survey is open to full time and part time DJs who are willing to give their feedback on what they consider being their profession or hobbies.
We would be grateful if you could take 4 minutes of your time to answer this 30 questions survey.
What is your gender?
Prefer not to say
How old are you?
Where are you located? *Please specify your country of residence:
What type of music do you play and/or produce?
Drum n' Bass
For how many years have you been DJing/Producing?
Less than 2 years
For you DJing/Producing is:
My profession (full time)
A part time activity (I have another job in parallel)
A hobby: I rarely spin in venues but regularly play at home or at friend's events
What is your typical DJ/Live setup?
Computer (Traktor, Serato, Rekordbox etc… ) and timecode vinyls
Computer (Traktor, Serato, Rekordbox, etc...) and controller
Numeric turntables (CDJs, XDjs, Denon Prime etc…) and USB, CDs or SD card
Turntable (MK2, etc...) and vinyl records
Computer controller and/or Drum machines/Synth/pedal EFX
On top of DJing, are you also producing?
Yes, I regularly produce tracks and I get signed on record labels
Yes, I produce tracks and I am looking to get signed on record labels
I am exploring production but lack of knowledge to start
Not yet, but I would like to start in the upcoming months
No, I am good at DJing and only want to focus on this
For those who answered yes to the previous question, how many tracks did you do/release in 2019/2020? *If you are not producing, please go to the next question
15 to 20
10 to 15
5 to 10
What is your typical setup when doing live/production? *Please only answer this question if you are a producer
I only work with hardware gear
Its a mix of D.A.W with hardware
I only use a VST and D.A.W set up
Do you think producing is a necessity today to get booked?
Yes, and it is better this way
Yes, and it is pity: there are excellent DJs who are terrible producers and vice versa
No, a good DJ does not need to know how to produce to get gigs
Not necessarily, but it helps
For those who have regular gigs in bars and clubs, how do you manage your bookings?
I am represented by an agency/label
I work with an independent agent
I manage my own booking
I am employed part/full time by a venue (I have a residency)
I have not performed in public yet
In 2019, on a monthly basis, how frequently did you play in bars/clubs/festivals (all venues combined)?
> 8 gigs per month (e.g more than 3 times per week)
8-11 gigs per month (e.g twice to three times a week)
4-7 gigs per month (e.g once to twice a week)
2-3 gigs per month
< 1 gig per month
I did not have a gig confirmed in 2019
Can you give a breakdown in percentage per type of venues where you played in 2019 (the total should equal to 100%)? For example: Anna is DJ and played 10% of her time at the radio, 60% of her time in bars, 10% of her time in clubs and 0% of her time in festivals in 2019.
Overall, how are you welcomed as an artist in the following venues? 1 being poor and 5 very satisfactory
I don't pay attention
I don't pay attention
How many hours do you perform at a gig most of the time?
60 minutes live or DJ set
90 to 120 minutes live or DJ set
From the opening to the closing of the venue (I play alone)
From the opening to the closing of the venue (I play with other DJs)
When booked at a party with other artists, when is your time slot?
I do the warm up, most of the time
I am the headliner, most of the time
I do the closing, most of the time
It's well balanced, I can be booked as opener, midliner, headliner or closer
I either do the opening or the closing, never do headliner
How would you describe your renown?
Local (I am booked most of the time in my state/region)
National (I regularly play all around my country of residence)
International (I am booked all around the continent I am originally from)
Global (I am booked all around the world)
How would you describe your status as DJ/ Live Producer?
I set up my company or have a legal status that allows me to invoice organisers
I am employed by a venue either as a full or part time DJ/Producer
I am part of a agency/crew/collective/community and the organisers invoice them
I don't have any legal structure
In 2019 and 2020, did you play for free?
Yes, I don't play for money
Yes, but rarely and it was agreed between me and the promoter before the gig started
Yes, because the promoter did not pay me (either the event did not work OR he/she did not honour his/her commitment)
No, if the promoter cannot pay me, I receive at least some kind of compensation (e.g: hotel, transportation, drinks, complimentary tickets...)
Never, if the promoter cannot pay me, I am not willing to play at his/her event
Usually, how long do you wait before getting paid following a gig?
The promoters pay before I start the gig or pay 50% to my booking agent
The promoters pay me straight at the end of the gig before I leave the venue
The promoters pay me few days after the gig
Most of the time, they don't pay me or it takes weeks before receiving the money and I have to chase them
At the end of the month when I receive my salary (the promoter is my employer)
How much do you usually charge to play in the following venues: 1. bars 2. clubs 3. festivals 4. radio/live stream (please state the price in Euros as shown in the below example). Bar €XX/gig - Club €XX/gig - Festival €XX/gig - Radio/Stream €XX/gig
Since the beginning of the COVID-19, have you been invited by any organiser to play for livestream events?
If yes, which musical platform/social media have you used/been invited to perform?
For those you have been invited to livestream events, did you get paid? *if you have not played for such events this year, please go to the next question
Yes, but less than for a normal gig
Yes, same price as usual
Yes, the organisers will pay me through a private or public organisation (ex: Sacem/PRS/Gema) or donation (ex: United We Stream) only if I reach the agreed modalities (ex: a certain number of views...)
No, the organisers did not mention it and I did not ask for it: livestream should be free
No, the organisers wanted to pay me but I declined my booking fee to help out
How do you see your career post COVID-19?
I don't think much about it, let's see what happens
I had to reconvert into a new profession
I work harder with my music in order to go through this crisis
I hope the electronic scene will not collapse and I will keep my residencies/musical jobs
I hope some of my female/male musical peers/agent/label will help me to relaunch my career
During you career as DJ/Producer, have you experienced harassment/discrimination?
Yes, monetary based
Yes, I was victim of sexist comments and/or harassment
No, and I was lucky
No, because I did everything to prevent this to happen (I work with an agent and go to my gigs with someone)
No, I think these are extreme cases, female DJs are not exposed to discriminations/harassment in the nightlife industry
If you were exposed to a serious case of discrimination or harassment, would you report it?
No, let's forget about it
No, as this would impact my career
Yes, but only to my close friends/family
Yes, I would go to the police
Yes, I would spread the word and notify the press/medias...
What do you think about #forthemusic movement?
I totally support it
None of my concern
Thank you for taking the time to answer our survey! Do you have anything else to share with us?
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