Image of Only 5 of the billboard top 100 DJS ARE WOMEN

In 2019, Only 5 of the billboard
top 100 DJS WERE WOMEN.

5%
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Image of women make up less than 3% of production
                                     and technical roles in the music industry

women make up less than 3% of production
and technical roles in the music industry.
- annenberg institute

2.1%
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Image of In the top 150 clubs, the annual percentage of female djS IS 6%

In the top 150 clubs, the annual
percentage of female djS IS 6%.
- Djane Magazine

6%
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Starring

“So many people
doubted me and
now I’m here”

Photo of REZZ
rezz

“you can’t
be what you
can’t see”

Photo of Alison wonderland
Alison
wonderland

“I never used
being a woman
as a crutch”

Photo of Tokimonsta
Tokimonsta

“our journey
was long
and hard”

Photo of Nervo
Nervo

“This is
everything
I’ve ever
wanted to do”

Photo of Sherelle
Sherelle

“I thought it was
a hindrance
that i was a woman”



Photo of Nightwave
Nightwave

“I’m glad I didn’t
listen. I’m glad
I didn’t give up.”

Photo of Tyagapaw
Tyagapaw

“The most punk
thing Ia can
do is love myself.”

Photo of Louisahhh
Louisahhh

The Story

Electronic music was born from the ideals of diversity, community, and inclusivity, and yet in 2019 only 5 of the top 100 DJs were women.

Filmed over the summer festival season, Underplayed presents a portrait of the current status of gender, ethnic, and sexual equality issues through the lens of the female pioneers, next-generation artists, and industry leaders who are championing the change and inspiring a more diverse pool of role models for future generations.
Ultimately, the film explores how gender disparity happens, a theme that transcends music and finds relevance in many of today’s industries.

The filmmakers

Stacey Lee

Director

Born in New Zealand, Stacey’s work focuses on humanity, music, and movement. Her doc short, Live Fast Draw Yung, premiered at Tribeca in 2015, winning awards in Atlanta and Tacoma. She was recently shortlisted for the Cannes Young Directors Award, and selected as part of the DGA/AICP Diversity Showcase. Underplayed represents her feature debut.

Bud Light

Executive producer

As a sponsor of music events and parties across the globe, Bud Light saw a problem in the music space - a lack of diversity and inclusion. Bud Light wanted to create awareness and help drive change in the industry.

Director x

Executive producer

Director X is the protégé of pioneering hip hop director Hype Williams, and has been noted for directing high-budget, visually distinctive videos for popular artists, including Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Usher, John Mayer, Korn, Iggy Azalea and many more.

The crew

Underplayed explores how gender disparity happens; a theme that transcends music and finds relevance in many of today’s industries. Which is why we extended the mission of this film by working with talented women within the film and creative industry. 

Zoe
Simone Yi

Cinematographer

Georgia
Dodson

Lead Editor

Kate
Simko

Lead Composer

Jayne
Roberts

Line Producer

Melissa
Zeta

lead designer

Krystal
Sojourner

motion designer

Zoe
Simone Yi

Cinematographer

Georgia
Dodson

Lead Editor

Kate
Simko

Lead Composer

Jayne
Roberts

Line Producer

Melissa
Zeta

lead designer

Krystal
Sojourner

motion designer

Image of “We look to other people to see what we think is possible for ourselves

“We look up to other people to see what we think is possible for ourselves. We need those role models; we need people who are pushing all kinds of boundaries.”

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