EMA talks to PDX’s No Control, a crew of Pacific Northwest women producers and musicians. With Princess Dimebag, Sham Sisqo, Casual Aztec and DJ Troubled Youth.
Portland, Oregon might not come to mind immediately as a city known for its dance music scene, but the coastal enclave has always cultivated a robust DIY community of musicians interested in electronic and other forms of experimentation. Two interrelated establishments in particular – the nonprofit arts center S1, which hosts a synthesizer library and workshops and the Women’s Beat League organization, and active DJ collective No Control – offer educational and promotional support networks for women, queer and POC-identifying producers, beatmakers and other knob-twiddlers. Of the latter crew, Princess Dimebag, Sham Sisqo, Casual Aztec and DJ Troubled Youth join EMA in the studio to discuss mansplaining, spinning at a 24-hour party with bunk beds and first-time modular setups. Stay tuned for mini-DJ sets from each of the members, packed with bootleg edits, savage remixes and more.
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