This afternoon, hosted by music journalist Lisa Blanning, provides a platform for a few female and female-identified groups to not only present themselves to the public, but also to meet, exchange and cross-pollinate everyone’s work even further.
Berlin-based Salt + Sass, represented by Kat Young, Christine Kakaire and Elissa Stolman, will be hosting the closing discussion of the day, focusing on best practices for both artists and those who work in the wider music industry.
Presented with Salt + Sass, a quarterly event series that began in 2015 at SoundCloud HQ in Berlin. They host conversations with women who work in various professions within the music industry, moderated by a journalist in front of an audience. Past guests include Susan Langan, Avalon Emerson, Sasha Perera, Melissa Taylor and Lisa Blanning.
Christine has worked in music her entire adult life, and it's taken her from Creative Vibes in Sydney, to BM Soho and Juno Download in London, to Beatport and zero" in Berlin. She began writing for Australian street press magazines in the early 2000s, and currently works full-time as a freelance music journalist and content/curation specialist.
Lisa Blanning is an American writer and editor on music, art and culture. She is a former editor at The Wire Magazine in London and Electronic Beats in Berlin—the city she currently operates out of. She is especially engaged in movements in contemporary electronic music and digital art and culture.
Kat has worked in music for over 10 years. She moved to Berlin in 2012, and following a short stop at Resident Advisor, started working at SoundCloud later that year, where she held various roles until summer 2017. She is now a freelance Product Management Consultant and is the founder of Salt + Sass, a non profit that supports women in the music industry.
After jumping on tour vans to do interviews with local Bay Area bands in high school, Elissa started her first official gig in music writing — an internship at College Music Journal — in 2011. Since then she has worked, freelanced and/or interned at Fader, XLR8R, Spin, Billboard, VICE and Red Bull Music Academy. She is currently the Deputy Editor at Telekom Electronic Beats and a DJ and presenter on Cashmere Radio in Berlin.
LUZ is a DJ and the founder of Room 4 Resistance, a Berlin-based queer femme forward collective focused on community-building and creating safer space & visibility for underrepresented artists in dance music. R4R runs parties at ://about blank, curates panels and workshops to promote women, gender queers, non-binaries, trans, black and POC artists. The initiative aims to share knowledge, explore the political dimensions of the dance floor, and create bridges between different communities.