‘Lady Of The House’ book shines a spotlight on women in dance music


Lady Of The House, by authors Laila Mckenzie and Ian ‘Snowy’ Snowball, is a new, large-scale hardback book that shines a light on the women who have pioneered the dance scene and continue to contribute to it today.

Following a crowdfunding campaign in which more than £25,000 (€29,300) was raised to help fund the project, Lady Of The House was released in November. Among the 150 artists, DJs, managers and industry names featured are Nina Kraviz, Nicole Moudaber, Charlotte De Witte, Maya Jane Coles, Jaguar, Ellen Alien, DJ Paulette, Sam Divine, Roisin Murphy, Radio 1’s Sarah Story, Ultra Nate, Candi Staton, Jocelyn Brown, Barbara Tucker, Happy Mondays’ Rowetta, Smokin Jo and Strictly Rhythm’s Gladys Pizarro.

The interviews are rich with stories of determination, empowerment, inspiration, challenges, passion, education, having goals and simply realising dreams. It also features a special foreword from Carl Cox, and is dedicated to legendary disco and soul vocalist, Loleatta Holloway.


The book was recently shortlisted for a BBC Radio 1 Dance Impact Award, which acknowledges a person, collective or institution that has made a legacy by pushing dance music forward in 2021.

“We have worked so hard for the past year to celebrate, champion and honour women in dance music and beyond,” said co-author Laila Mckenzie. “To be recognised for the work in this way is such an incredible feeling. It means that the world is joining us to do this work because we all have to do it together – for the greater good of our wonderful dance music community.”

The authors of the book will donate £1 from the sale of every book to the Night Time Industries Association’s (NTIA) Savenightlife CIC, and will be used to ensure access to equal rights and protection for all women within the industry remains high on the agenda.

Lady Of The House can be ordered here.

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