'They're having to think about it": Annie Mac continues to fight for equality in music

'They're having to think about it

Annie Mac believes change is coming in the music business.

The BBC Radio 1 presenter and founder of AMP (Annie Mac Presents) has told Music Week that, following her comments on sexism in the music industry earlier this year, she believes a corner has been turned.

“I have felt that [the industry has started to listen],” said Mac, who was speaking to Music Week following her Music Week Awards win.

“When I ranted on Twitter I never thought for a second that it would have an effect, it was a really visceral reaction to what I saw,” Mac continued.

“But it did seem to have an effect, I had some big successful agents call me and talk about it. I talked to a lot of people about how I felt and I do feel like people are thinking about it more, definitely, than they were. They’re having to think about it, which is a really good thing.”

Mac spoke out on social media after Wireless Festival announced its 2018 line-up, a bill that featured just three female acts.

Shortly before Wireless announced its line-up, Mac appeared on the cover of Music Week. As part of a wide-ranging interview, the DJ tackled the subject of equality in music.

"There is nothing more depressing as a woman than looking at a festival line-up and seeing the first female name being on the 12th line down of 15 lines of names,” Mac said.

"What is that saying to the young women in our country? It’s wrong and I think it is a festival booker and promoter’s responsibility to make sure that they are rebalancing that."

People are thinking about it more, definitely, than they were

Annie Mac

Months later, Mac is growing increasingly accustomed to her position as an industry voice.

“I feel like I’m getting better at it, it’s definitely something I never really thought about coming into this job, but it’s something I’ve learned how to do better, in terms of understanding that I am in the epicentre of the industry and I do have, I guess, a unique perspective,” she said.

“I’ve got a bit braver about speaking out and that Music Week interview was one of those times when I felt comfortable to say what I really felt.”

Mac reiterated the need for more female representation in the upper echelons of the industry, and revealed that she believes change is coming.

“It’s going to be a slow burner but it will hopefully happen,” the presenter said.

Read Annie Mac’s thoughts on clubbing’s mobile phone problem here and catch up on the best moments of the Music Week Awards here.

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