Beat Queens is a compilation of instrumental tracks, representing female talent from all over the world. It’s meant to raise awareness on the lack of visibility of female beatmakers, which is related to the lack of representation of women in the music industry as a whole. As well as to contribute to a much-needed change, regarding a more equal representation.
The compilation is meant to raise awareness while inspiring more women to get into music production. To address the gender pay gap, Stereofox symbolically reduces its label cut to 20%, with 80% going straight to the producers. One of the main priorities is to share the story of each individual, which is also why each producer is presented with a custom-drawn artwork (an avatar). Lastly, any profits from the vinyl campaign will be donated to charity (collectively chosen by the producers), supporting an organisation that helps female creators grow and thrive.
saaaz - First Snow
producer, singer, guitar player, and a DJ
“I made it just when seasons were changing, winter was coming and frost was everywhere. I found myself creating the track easily inspired by the natural changing surroundings. Hopefully, the listener will enjoy that aspect of it and feel transported to that time of year.”
“I’m always happy to be alongside fellow female producers, I enjoy the sisterhood and can’t help but have a little bit of a preference to working with and alongside girls as it makes me feel at home.”
Alita Limona - Orange Walk
producer, pianist, singer, rapper, DJ, sound engineer, live technician
““Orange Walk” was a special one actually. I broke with all kinds of normal song structures like verse and chorus and created more of an evolving story of sounds, each playing a role in the timeline. The idea came while I was walking through my neighbourhood in Berlin Kreuzberg with just the drum loop in my ears. It was autumn, the phase when the leaves are either yellow, red or orange and wherever you look you see bright colours. It’s seriously my favourite time of the year, even more than spring. It was raining and a little windy. The different instruments of the song come and go, as if you would walk past them. This idea came from a sax player who sometimes practices in the park and the sound of his instrument changes with the wind and if you walk towards or away from him. That’s why the main part is dedicated to the saxophone 🧡 All in all it’s my soundtrack to that walk through autumn.”
“The female beatmaker community has such a supportive and inspiring energy, I immediately felt super grateful to be part of the project. It almost feels as if there is kind of a rebellious pioneer freshness that comes with females being the technical nerds, pushing buttons and knowing how to rule their DAW. feels also very liberating to hang out with some girls having nerd talks in the studio.”
a.k.a Natasha Ghosh: guitar/ukulele player, producer, and singer
“To me, the track feels like waking up, like a good day, a fresh start and another opportunity to do good.”
“I think it’s beautiful to showcase females more in compilations. I’ve had people declining collaborations because of my gender. I also hear stories of other females not being taken seriously in their producing style. I think awareness of female artists is the primary goal and aspect for the compilation. But in general, if I’m very honest, I don’t care about gender, but I truly view females and males and everyone in between the same way so even if it was a compilation of dudes with 1 chick, or a compilation with chicks and one dude, it doesn’t make a difference to me.”
Hippo Dreams - Ce Soir Ou Jamais
Harpist, pianist, producer, sound engineer
“Except for the drums and the bass I used only harp for this track. I was trying to use as many different sounds of the harp as possible and redesigned the textures using plugins. I intended to express a feeling of nonchalance and euphoria at the same time. The title in French says a lot, “tonight or never”: I thought of the casual and spontaneous ways to go out do something unplanned, the feeling of letting go and not worrying, the “f*** it let’s do it attitude””
“I feel very grateful for all the work and effort the team at Stereofox is putting into this project 🙂 It’s true that there are very few female producers out there or at least I haven’t seen/met a lot based on my experience, so it’s great to have a project like this to highlight them! I wish that more girls get into music production because it’s so fun and fulfilling and I feel that the music needs also some feminine expression 😉 I usually don’t like to think of differences between man and woman but I believe that we express things in many different ways and the world (especially the arts) needs to include all of these ways to be in harmony.”
Miyuki Kuzuoka - Sadness
Music producer, sound designer, multi-instrumentalist and singer
“The track features some oriental elements like Taiko and Shamisen (all synths), but the most moving part is the guitar melody. “Sadness” is about a love that will not return, but the person still awaits its return. I hope everyone can feel it from the bottom of their hearts.”
“When I received the invitation to participate in Beat Queens with other girls, I was very flattered. Being able to be part of such a big and important movement makes me happy. I know how important it is because many still don’t give space for us women. And with each passing day, we are gaining our space, showing our ability in the audio and music industry.”
Imelda Lizal & v i v - Hers
v i v: multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, mixing/mastering engineer
Imelda Lizal: singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist
“Hers is a song about a person who wishes all the happiness for the person they love. Her happiness also becomes their happiness. It’s a story about two people nurturing their love for each other and sincerely appreciating each other’s presence. We want the listener to feel that sincere selfless love you’d share with someone you really care about, be it a lover, companion or family.”
v i v: “I feel beyond honoured to contribute and be a part of Beat Queens as a non-binary person. It’s so refreshing to hear all these amazing, unique sounding tracks by all the talented artists involved. I’ve had a blast listening to the many different genres on the compilation; it really shows how diversity is one of the only ways to tackle oversaturation we see in the beatmaker scene and push the boundaries to keep music evolution going. ”
Imelda: “I’m so honoured and grateful to be a part of Beat Queens compilation amongst all the talented musicians featured in this compilation. I hope this compilation will be a breakthrough to reach out to a lot of undercover talented female musicians out there and inspire people to break boundaries and push their creativity as best as possible in crafting their music.”
Rebecca Mardal - Synchronicity
Jeia - What Happens If We Let Go
producer, sound engineer, multi-instrumentalist
“The beat consists of two parts: the constraint and the release. In the first part, every phrase completes itself after 5 bars instead of 4. I like to play with odd counts and time signature a lot, and I’m trying to do more of it but still make people vibe to it. Then in the second part, most of the drums are gone and all the grooves are just implied. I want my listeners to feel a sense of comfort and relief when listening to this.”
“I feel seen and supported. I have been in sessions where people just straight up don’t “see” me because I’m a woman – they see a random dude in the room and just assume that the dude is the producer. Womxn have to work harder to be seen in this industry, so opportunities like these are a nice break for us.”
IzaBeats - Little Peace
“Little peace talks about a little peace dome that we carefully build during our lifetime, it’s an instant, a memory or a place where we can escape reality, chaos, inequality and violence and breathe a little.”
“It’s been wonderful to be part of this compilation alongside such talented women that I admire and to know that we’re taking a step further into the future where female producers will get more recognition, and where I hope every lo-fi compilation isn’t so dominated by male and white artists as it is today. I also feel very grateful to Stereofox for taking this step towards a more diverse scene!”
Nydia - Missed Call
“This was a pretty experimental track in comparison to what I usually make. Usually, my tracks are clean-cut, no unusual transitions or anything unexpected. But I really wanted to push myself to try to make something a bit different for this compilation, so I brought out my 404sx, recorded the track and added effects, and then stretched it out on my DAW to create a slowed transition in the end. I’m really pleased with how it came out.”
“I am honoured to be on a compilation focusing on women and non-male producers in the beat scene. We kind of have to squeeze our way into the spotlight because of how male-dominated everything can be, and I really love that Stereofox has done so much for us by putting together this amazing compilation to highlight our talents.”
Moshun - Pedestrianstrut
producer, sound designer, instrumentalist (piano, bass guitar)
“Pedestrianstrut is inspired by my lifetime of commuting/walking in the city of Chicago, and kind of the rhythm you get in as you stroll towards your destination with purpose, more often than not in your own world with the earbuds in. I hope the listener gets a sense of that and feels the desire to nod and stroll a little too.”
“I’m flattered to be featured alongside so many talented women producers. I don’t always love being singled out for my woman-ness when it comes to my music, but this type of representation and visibility is still so important, so I’m glad this compilation is happening.”
Gnarly - Cosmos Alley
producer, finger drummer, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, sound engineer
“A journey through space and time.”
“Glad to be one of the women being included with so many other talented women in music. Pushing the way forward with more visibility for other female artists.”
SADIVA - Be Kind
producer, singer, DJ
“This vibe is something different than what most people are used to me making, but this song hit me so much in the feels I wanted to share it; I am really happy to be expanding my sound and for it to be coming out on this incredible compilation.”
“I think this is great, WOW was the first all-female beat tape I ever saw and to see how from WOW it evolved to many other all-female beat tapes has been so amazing to me and to be a part of all of that, I am really proud, I’m so happy to see more and more women be recognized in this male-dominated industry.”
Beat Queens – Season 01
[ Genres ]
lofi hip hop, chillhop, jazzhop, future beats
[ About The Compilation ]
Stereofox presents the marvellous adventures of the Beat Queens!
Fourteen brave female producers conquering the music-verse with their fantastic beats, having one common goal – to prove that talent has no gender or skincolour!
The BEAT QUEENS compilation is meant to help spread the word and make successful female producers more visible and thus inspire more women/non-binary individuals to follow their passion for music.
This compilation is Stereofox’s response to the alarming fact that female producers are still so poorly represented in the music industry – with under 5%. Part of a much bigger Stereofox initiative – Women In Music ( launched in 2021), the idea for the project came right after Stereofox’s research on female producers/beatmakers and the realization that female creators tend to experience certain difficulties in getting enough exposure for their music, as well as often face prejudices.
Following the Beat Queens playlist, with a focus on instrumental hip hop music by female producers, this release marks another attempt to contribute to a positive change toward better representation, bigger visibility and more equality for female creators in the music industry.
Besides showcasing female talent on the music side, the visuals were also created by female artists. In addition, to address the gender pay gap, which is another serious issue, occurring well beyond the music industry, Stereofox symbolically reduces its label cut to 20%, with 80% going straight to the producers. Lastly, any profits from the vinyl campaign will be donated to charity (collectively chosen by the producers), supporting an organisation that helps female creators grow and thrive.
[ About the Producers]
Beat Queens brings together 14 creators from 5 continents (Asia, Europe, South and North America, Australia). Apart from producers/beat-makers, the artists on the compilation are often instrumentalists, singer/songwriters and sound engineers. Some of them are already established names in the scene, others are still rising and developing their sound. The common thing between all of them is their love for music-making and their determination and perseverance, turning them not only into successful artists but also into inspiring role models for other female creators.
[ About the Tracks]
The compilation includes a big variety of beats, focusing, yet not being limited to lofi. From laid-back, introspective feels (“Sunrise”, “Sadness”, “First Frost”), moving guitar-driven tunes (“Hers”, “Synchronicity”, “What Happens If We Let Go”) and urban vibes (“Ce Soir Ou Jamais”, “Pedestrianstrut”, “Cosmos Alley”) to jazz-flavoured gems (“Orange Walk”, “Little Peace”, “Missed Call”) and upbeat sound (“Be Kind”).
Almost all tracks feature live-played instruments such as guitar, keys, ukulele, bass, percussion, saxophone, harp. Needless to say, this enhances their character, adding a warm, authentic flavour to the compositions. Each track carries the unique signature of the producer who made it, enriching the overall sound of the compilation. Besides showcasing the talent of the artists, it represents their desire to push their own boundaries and challenge themselves, constantly honing their craft, while exploring new territories. This ultimately turns Beat Queens into a real celebration of creativity, unity and free spirit!