“At Hospital Records, Med School and Hospitalitydnb we recognise the gender imbalance within drum & bass. We want to be at the forefront of pushing through a positive change for the scene and music that we all love, towards a more representative community that creates equal opportunities for everyone.”
Being the change that you want to see in the world is often easier said than done—unless you’re Hospital Records, that is. On Sept. 17, the south London drum ‘n’ bass co-op took a massive stride forward in remedying the gender inequality found both within their genre and the wider music industry by hosting their very first Women In Drum & Bass London Workshop.
The Shoreditch event featured an industry-wide panel of tastemakers that evaluated gender issues facing the underground bass scene and brought in Hospital’s Head of Business & Sync Megan Bean to host a workshop on getting demos heard and eventually signed.
The Women In Drum & Bass London Workshop follows a pledge from Hospital Records earlier this year to increase their efforts to sign more women to the label roster and host more female DJs at their flagship Hospitality events. While there is no doubt that the industry is still male-heavy, it’s ultimately refreshing to see record labels and brands alike using their amplified voice in the industry not just to sell the next release, but to bring attention to the social issues that they resonate with.