LS is the sister of Marcus Schossow.
|ANJ241||The Sky||2012||Mat Zo|
|ANJ289||Fire Fire Fire||2013||Marcus Schossow|
The scene seems to be so focused on what gender you are. For some reason people use words like "DJane" or "Female DJ". These phrases should be banned, or maybe we should start calling our male counterparts "Male DJs", so that people don’t get confused. Around a year ago, one of the biggest trance events in the world hosted a pink, female stage. This year not a single female producer, DJ or singer was invited on stage. This idea of using the colour pink and calling it a “female stage” is really old-fashioned. Should we call the rest of the stages “male stages”? Personally, I think all stages should be a mix of genders and nationalities. There have been several occasions where I’ve played one of my instrumental productions to a friend and am immediately asked, “Who produced this?”. When I tell them that it is my production I get the response “Females can’t produce” or “I don’t believe it’s you”. I often speak to Orla Feeney and Nifra who face the same issues when releasing music. The sad thing is that many people believe all female DJs wear revealing clothing and pay somebody else to produce their music for them. However, this perception is changing and people are realising that we represent a large group of producers that work hard in the studio to reach our goals.
What do you think about the physical portrayal of women within dance music? LS: As I said before, many people have this image of female producers wearing skimpy clothes and paying someone else to produce for them. This image is damaging for professional female producers who actually work really hard. It’s a horrific perception and I really hope that we female producers can destroy that image by releasing some proper tunes and showing them how it’s done!
Do you think that DJs and producers of both sexes gain the same status and recognition in the scene, and if not then how can this be addressed? LS: No, sadly we do not. We could start off with more events where DJs of both sexes are invited to play and doing away with the idea of segregated "female" stages. Put everyone on the same footing.
How has the position of women changed in the scene since you first started your career? LS: The number of women has definitely grown. We do laugh when we see comments on our tracks saying, "This is not her tune" or "Women can't produce". Clearly these people must really like the track and cant believe how good it is ;)
I actually have an important question for you, Miss Linnea, would you give me your mobile number? Response: hahaha.....
Craziest fan you’ve encountered? LS: Well, that would be a male fan who sent a picture to me wearing nothing in it.
In order to protect not only her own music but also others, Linnea Schössow along with four artists started VSA, Vocalist Songwriters Alliance. An organization that works to allow professional artists in all musical genres have rights to their own music. LS: It's so easy to be fooled, dealing with bad contracts, are not paid enough, Albums that you worked on without your own name mentioned and so on, says Linnea Schössow. Currently, VSA 230 members from around the world and each day there are artists joining. LS: It is our way to say no we do not accept this pattern in the industry. We work for the music industry to become more fair and balanced, both in a creative and a business-oriented way.
Have you felt that you been mistreated? LS: Absolutely.Sadly very often, even.
 Thanks to the support of VSA she believes that there is hope that the music industry can change. One of the world's top DJs, Tiëstos label blackhole, are supporting. The goal is to attract both artists and record labels and music producers. What can you tell us about the distinction between man and woman in this profession? LS: Well, unfortunately at the moment there are women who prefer to take off their clothes while using CDJs calling themselves self-producers being a quick way to get attention and because it has suddenly become popular to be a producer. It takes a lot of time and patience to become a really good musician, but many choose to take the easy way out and hire someone to make music for them. This behavior occurs with the virile producers and those who pay people to buy their tracks, so that their track can be in the Top 10 on Beatport. There are so many characters of this kind now, but when a really good producer arrives, people think that it could just be another one of those who hired someone to do the job for them. We have some great talents out there, like for example Orla Feeney and Nifra who work very hard and release some incredible songs. How many times have we received the question: "have you really produced that song? ". I can not blame them if they still ask for similar things, but it can be confusing.