A second appeal launches to ensure the 'Lady Of The House' book reaches its Kickstarter target before its deadline on the 6th May.
Featuring a foreword by Carl Cox, 'Lady Of The House' is a new coffee table book put together by music promoter Laila McKenzie and writer Ian Snowball featuring interviews with over 150 various pioneering women from across the history of house music. It celebrates the women who have played formative parts in the formation and continuation of the scene over the last 35 years.
Among the DJs, vocalists, producers, and industry figures set to be included will be the likes of legends such as Candi Staton, Barbara Tucker, Jocelyn Brown, Disco Queen Rochelle Fleming and Ultra Nate. DJs & producers include Anja Schneider, Ellen Allien, Sam Divine, DJ Paulette, DJ Maxinne, Rowetta, Arielle Free, DJ Rap, Anne Savage, as well as newer house music artists like Netherlands-based Black Girl/White Girl.
"Some of the women in this book are the glue of this industry and we wouldn't have a scene without them. It's so important to have, as a young woman, somebody who's been there, done it, wore the T-shirt - and wore it well - speak to you and tell you what they've done."
- Laila McKenzie, co-writer.
Singers featuring include Kym Mazelle, Julie McKnight (‘Finally’) and Kathy Brown with industry figures led by Strictly Rhythm A&R head Gladys Pizarro, Defected Records’ co-founder Janet Bell, Safe House Management founder Lynn Cosgrove, Egg LDN’s Nicky Trax, Movin Records’ Abigail Adams and Fabric’s Judy Griffith.
McKenzie and Snowball are halfway to their target of £25,000 and will donate £1 from each book sale to the Night Time Industries Association's (NTIA) #weareallinthistogether campaign, an initiative to promote equal treatment and diversity in the night-time sector. You can pre-order a copy, donate and there’s incentives to get everyone involved.
The brainchildren behind the book are Laila McKenzie a Bristol-based promoter and music events manager with 20 years experience in the electronic music industry and Ian ‘Snowy’ Snowball who’s contributed to more than 30 books, including 'Marshall Jefferson: Diary Of A DJ', which he co-wrote with Jefferson. "I want women to know that they can be more than the DJ, the artist, the producer, the singer," McKenzie added. "There are other things you can do and you can actually really excel at them. It's important to start documenting legacy right now because we could easily be forgotten about."
"Dance music by its nature is all inclusive. Race, Sex, Gender and Sexuality shouldn’t make a difference and for the most part they don’t."
- Carl Cox
Watch a video about 'Lady Of The House', and support the project on Kickstarter.