International Women's Day: 5 music producers and directors that are creating waves in the music industry
Author: Natalie Siaw-Agyeman | Monday 8th March 2021
Within the music industry, it is a well-known fact that women make up the minority. From the rappers and songwriters to the producers and music executives, women as a whole are very underrepresented across all areas. In recent years, the industry has become more inclusive and has allowed women to occupy more roles and spaces that were previously unavailable to us.
Even though there is a lot more progress to be made, it is important to celebrate how far women have come. Female rappers and singers have been coming out the display a plethora of talent, creating a scene that celebrates women from a range of places with a range of talents. Despite them being at the forefront, behind the scenes, women in the music industry have been working just as hard. There are amazing women who are producers and directors from the UK that are behind some of our favourite tracks and visuals, and it’s important to remember these names as they go on to bigger and better things. In light of International Women’s Day, find out below about 5 female producers and directors that breaking boundaries in the music industry.
This incredibly talented 17-year-old producer hasn’t taken her foot off the gas with her work rate. The budding producer contributed to Digga D’s hit single ‘Woi’ alongside M1OnTheBeat. With such an impressive start to her career, there is no doubt she will be back with gritty beats for your favourite rappers to flow on.
She has racked up producer credits on Little Mix’s most recent album ‘Confetti’, and even writers’ credits for their hit single ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, which won a Brit Award in 2017. As she continues to develop her different talents, she is set to create to even more hit singles with her unmistakable talent.
This London based director and photographer has created cinematic videos for the likes of Skepta, WSTRN, Ms Banks and more. Her talent and execution in refreshing in the music industry today, making her work a reminder that women can make excellent work in this male-dominated industry. Through mentoring, she is able to pass on her skills to the next generation ensuring representation is available for people wanting to get into the industry.
Sheena Bonsu Brobbey
With many accolades under her belt, Sheena Brobbey has artistically directed a range of videos for different audiences, each different from the next. Her extensive portfolio shows her dedication to everything she directs from music videos to campaign projects. Her most recent projects include the #YoutubeBlack campaign and music videos for Ragz Originale and Tiana Blake.
At only 22, she has been behind the lens of some of our favourite videos such as Lethal Bizzle, Fuse ODG and more. Working heavily in Afrobeats as well as other genres, she creates vibrant and energetic videos to accurately portray a taste of African culture to a global audience. Her self-taught skills have allowed her to contribute to Ghana’s creative industry by running workshops and giving back to her community.