The art of noise: why female DJs are on the rise

The art of noise: why female DJs are on the rise

Sorca McGrath loves music, but there are things that rankle in the business. In a new documentary and initiative called Move the Needle, she joins fellow female DJs in tackling prejudice

Sorca McGrath was walking into a music venue to do a soundcheck in the US when someone stopped her.

“Aren’t you a nice, dutiful girlfriend?” McGrath was told. “Helping to carry the gear.”

As McGrath tells the story, many years later, from her Dublin home, it’s clear the remark still stings. It wasn’t the first time McGrath, an Irish musician and DJ of long experience, had been mistaken for an ornamental presence or helpful...

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