Women in EDM: An Interview with Duelle
Part of the “Women in EDM” feature series.
Duelle may not be the only sister act on the electronic music scene, but their unique pop and hip hop-inspired tracks have the pair quickly rising above the crowd. Danielle and Gabrielle Verderese, better known to fans as Duelle, mix vocals that vary from rap to intense melodies with beats that beg to be danced to. The two sing, produce, DJ, rap, and on top of it all, are professionally-trained dancers.
The Miami-based duo’s fresh single “Ice” marks their first foray out of the bass music they became known for and into the ever-popular house genre. But Duelle has been reinventing their sound without losing any authenticity since they were young sisters, growing up and exploring music together. As they venture to new shows during their summer 2015 tour, the pair are experiencing what it means to make it as women in EDM. Check out their thoughts below, and be sure to catch more of their tracks here.
Sensible Reason: What has your experience as women in the EDM industry been? Have you faced any unique struggles or triumphs in what is sometimes described as a “man’s world,” or do you see that description as incorrect?
Duelle: It has definitely not been easy. It is a much longer road to gain respect as a woman in the industry. From experience, people need to “see it to believe it” when it comes to females. They need to visually witness that you can hold it down and once you prove yourself and gain that respect, a woman can have just as much power as a man.
SR: What or who are your biggest musical influences?
Duelle: Growing up our idol was Britney Spears (in her prime) because she was not only a singer but a dancer like us. We were hooked on Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill and in recent years Lady Gaga for being an all-around performer and how she incorporated it all into her live performance. As for our hip-hop influence, Nicki Minaj is the reason we started rapping and writing raps. Skrillex was also a huge inspiration to us ever since his album Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites came out in 2010. He really drew us into the bass music scene and into EDM.
SR: Growing up as sisters, was music always a dream or interest of yours? How did you come to the decision to work together in the music scene?
Duelle: We have been dancing since we were both three and singing together since we were young as well, so music has always been a dream of ours. We’ve just always been into the same things and were natural performers, so we figured why not team up and live out our dream of having a career in this industry together?
SR: Who are some of your favorite female EDM artists/DJs?
Duelle: The sisters we get compared to the most, Krewella. We have so much respect for those girls and how they have paved the path as not only DJs, but female vocalists, and incorporate live vocals into their sets. Also, we’ve been diggin’ Mija. She has a really cool sound and has done her own thing and been holding it down lately.
SR: What can fans do to support women in the industry?
Duelle: Just keep spreading the word! Any support by sharing music, attending shows, and just promoting the females that are pushing to be massive in a sea full of men will prove that women can be equally respected in this industry.
SR: What do you see the future holding for you, and for women in EDM as a whole?
Duelle: We are constantly working on new music and have a ton of new releases coming out! We hope to play some of the major festivals around the world as a headlining act and, even more into the future, a massive headlining tour of our own incorporating all art forms and showcasing something that has never been done before. It is a great time for music in general, and especially in EDM, because there are so many females on the come-up each with their own genre or niche. And with everyone being supportive of each other, it will be interesting to see the power that each artist will bring and for women as a whole.