Today is International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
We’ve picked five female producers/artists/composers to showcase just a few of the many immensely talented ladies in the music industry, some of whom we have interviewed ourselves for the Time+Space website.
Jessica is a BAFTA nominated composer and joint Studio Head at The Chinese Room, and has written the Dear Esther score which won several prestigious awards for music and audio. Her award winning Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs score received a hugely positive reaction from fans and critics alike. The Chinese Room featured on Develop 100’s lists of both Ones to Watch, UK and European Start Ups and in 2015 Jessica was delighted to be named in MCV’s 100 Women in Games feature. Jessica is now working on The Chinese Room’s forthcoming PS4 title Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – the game pre-release has already won Gamespot’s Best of E3 and was nominated for Best in Show and Best PS4 game by IGN.
For further information about Jessica’s work click here
Nainita Desai is one of many established composers that we are very proud to have as a longstanding customer of Time+Space. With a career that spans over twenty years, Nainita has written the scores to hundreds of award winning films as well as TV documentaries and dramas for the likes of the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, HBO, Discovery, National Geographic and many more, and has recently won the Siren Award for Best Original Composition: Feature Film Score at the prestigious MUSIC+SOUND AWARDS UK 2016 last week for the film ‘The Confessions of Thomas Quick” (Brian Hill / BFI / Century Films / Film4). A self-confessed ‘musical sponge’, Nainita’s soundtracks span numerous styles from orchestral music to a fusion of ethnic, sound design and contemporary music.
Read our interview here
Hannah V is a London-based music producer and songwriter who has previously worked alongside the likes of Rihanna, Jessie J, Jason Derulo, Taio Cruz, Jay Sean, Sugababes and Anastacia as a session keyboard player. Now focusing on her solo career, she highly rates Rob Papen SubBoomBass.
“In terms of my own productions, I always wanted to add a deeper level of musicality. I grew up on the masters such as Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye – classic songs, beautiful chords, powerful interpretations. That’s the ish right there for me! I want that depth in my own music – that timeless feel coupled with modern production techniques, knocking drums, screeching synths and a gritty bottom end.”
Check Hannah V out here
Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and songwriter Imogen Heap as produced three solo albums, the most recent earning her chart success in the United States. A true multi-instrumentalist, Imogen incorporates electronic sounds into her music which blends together pop, rock, dance and electronica. A keen adopter of new technologies, Imogen unveiled a pair of ‘high-tech musical gloves’ which are able to manipulate sound just by using hand gestures.
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After studying music and music technology through her school, college and university years, Mandy Parnell trained and worked in recording studios until landing an internship at a mastering studio. She then worked her way up through the ranks, eventually becoming a world renowned mastering engineer in her own right. After launching Black Saloon Studios, and having 24 years of experience she’s discovered and developed her philosophies in analogue and digital audio, while working with many artists, such as Basement Jaxx, Feist and Annie Lennox. She has been nominated and won numerous awards, Grammy, Tech Awards, MPG and various others. She is also an active member of the AES, Grammys, APRS and MPG, and lectures on mastering and the music industry across the globe.
To learn more about Mandy’s work click here