If you're a girl, and you DJ, you're already out numbered. Look at any of the summer's line ups and the proof is in the vodka jelly- male DJs outweigh female ones ten to one. Some hope and faith for us ladies come in the form of Giulietta Canzini aka Piu Piu and Louise Chen; two of the formidable women behind Parisienne music and artistic collective, 'Girls Girls Girls'.
Più Più began playing out as a DJ five years ago and as fate would have it was booked by Louise for one of her first parties- things went pretty well and the two decided to properly join forces by combining their nights to create one super-girl fuelled evening. Sure, it's a female only organisation, as the title would suggest, but the pair are troubled by other things than just the music industry's gender imbalance-primarily they're concerned with throwing fucking good parties and ensuring you dance your wee feet off. They describe themselves as 'music nerds', but we were surprised to learn that Piu Piu had previously worked in fashion before teaching herself from her own bedroom how to DJ in 2010.
Half French and half Taiwanese Louise first dipped her toe in the mixing pool by compiling mix tapes of the latest hits to send back to her family in Taiwan before establishing the Girls Girls Girls parties in 2011. GGG began as a regular party where the same group of women played, however, always rolling deep with a lady crew of photographers and designers they were fast labelled an artistic collective. Both Piu Piu and Louise now host regular shows on France's Rinse FM; their nights play host BabyFace faves; Kelela, Nguzunguzu Venus X, Lil Silva, Sampha, Eclair Fifi and their previous residency at Paris' Social Club was legendary (so we heard!)
They're an unstoppable team in the club and their nights are not to be missed. Piu Piu cites Chicago House and R 'n' B as influencing her style and Louise confesses to having been an indie kid (phew! Not just us with suppressed memories of having queued outside Frog to see the Holloways then?) but is now known for her Hip Hop, house and electronic music- filled sets. Oh, and Drake. Lots and lots of Aubrey Drake Graham.
Both are regulars at London's stalwart night, Deviation, hosted at what we can only describe as London's darkest and smokiest assault-course, XOYO, home to some of the city's finest electronic-music-head nights. Piu Piu agrees the pair had always admired Londoner Benji B's ability to throw pretty top notch parties and they gave the guy a pretty good run for his money last year when Virgil Abloh joined the babes on stage just to, you know, MC their set- both give an effusive thumbs up to London's rich night life of which the pair have become more and more frequent key players but Paris is where their hearts are.
If you're not London or Paris based you can trace the girls' every moments via their oh-my-god-I-don't-take-any-photos Tumblr, that's full of disposable snaps of their nights and are filled with friends, musicians and all the incredible cities the girls visit. In the words of Jay, "Girls, girls, girls, girls, girls I do adore…'