Being a woman in a male-dominated industry takes an almighty package of guts, grit, willpower, drive, ambition and inner security within your abilities. The DJ dynamic female duo, Posso, consists of the bold and brassy Marylouise Pels and Vanessa Giovacchini, who are sparking conversation worldwide for their authenticity and various artistic abilities. The electrifying energy sparked by the ladies behind the turntables certainly has heads turning and mindsets changing gears, but, the ladies supercharged passion toward meshing Feminist Culture with their musicality breeds their own category of originality. I touched base with the two Queen’s pertaining to what Posso has in store for the world, Feminist Culture, living fearlessly and their perception of the music industry.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. What is the story behind Posso being brought to life?
We are best friends and have known each other since we were 4 years old. We grew up in Sonoma, CA – a small northern California town. From the time we were 15 we have been scheming and dreaming all things fashion and music – creating a massive fashion show our senior year where we designed everything from the clothes to the set to the set list. When we moved to LA we decided to start a leather accessories line called POSSO which would also serve as the creative umbrella for all our creative collabs. We designed a line of high end leather shoe covers called spats – we had 50 stores worldwide and celebs like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Victoria Beckham rockin em. Simultaneously Marylouise started DJing and we would promote the parties as POSSO parties to market the brand. We both started DJing together shortly after… after the market crashed we ditched the spats and focused solely on the music as we started to get gigs around the world.
Tell us more about the recent projects that you are engaged in. What are you working on right now?
Scheming with our new manager on how to make all of our projects come together to influence change: Music, TV, Fashion, trying to change the world. Ya know, same thing we do everynight Pinky… We have big goals and they are the only things on the brain at the moment.
What is your perception of the cultural impact of music?
The artists we look up to – mainly Bob Dylan, Madonna, Lady Gaga – we look up to them not only because their music was brave, but they pushed the status quo by being unapologetically themselves. They say what they believe and don’t give a f**k. I was classically trained at piano, so when I saw Lady Gaga play classical intros and renditions of her music it was like wow finally someone gets how fun and dramatic classical can be in pop–that moment changed everything for me and how we write our music. It was like finally someone understood me. And the way both Madonna and Dylan pushed the status quo forward by turning the mirror on the absurdities of our culture and norms. Why do we do what we do? Why is that right and that wrong?
I perceive that you ladies are not solely musicians, but also actively engaged in spreading a deeper awareness pertaining to feminist culture. Have you combined your artistry with taking action for a cause and responding to sexism?
Lately we are trying to keep it simple, we try to always speak up on social media and keep the conversation going. We are trying to just be more vocal about people being whack, (or being awesome!) men or women. At the end of the day feminism is just humanism right? Anyone that has faced bullying or been marginalized for their skin color, their nationality, religion, sex, being “ugly”, being “hot”, they get it ya know? And because of that they are the ones who see people as people, and as for the people who don’t, who are insecure and exclusionary, they are the sad ones. We aren’t interested in changing those people’s minds, we’re interested in turning any bad interaction we have into a positive one by encouraging other people to stand up for themselves in the face of bullsh*t shade throwing–the trick is to keep the conversation going. Women’s rights in particular are not progressing in the way they should, mostly because we are conditioned to compete with each other. These are bullsh*t distractions to be aware of before we can truly move forward. Change has to come from within always and forever.
What actions do you or have you taken to abolish patriarchy and challenge existing social norms? Why is it so important to expose the ideology of the feminist movement through music?
A lot of our music that hasn’t come out yet deals with the different layers of woman power, how men are attracted to you for your strength but also simultaneously fear you for it. What we really are trying to say is that there are so many different ways to be “sexy” – to be feminine and mix it with your own dose of masculinity, and to be comfortable enough to play with that and not conform to standards that your family or society or whoever the f**k has set for you because they are threatened by you ideologically. We dress how we dress because we want to celebrate the power of sex, we want it to be freeing, we want to include people in it… BUT by dressing how we dress we aren’t saying “dress like us” we’re saying: “this is how we like to express our own sexual swagu, how do you express your own unique sexual power?” We’re so sick of girls saying “I wish I could dress like you, I wish I could wear that” girls have so much f*****d up sh*t in their heads about what they can and can’t do, and most of it’s written by men. Women forget that they make the choice to play along when they don’t have to. And thus we’re left with the virgin or the whore problem, it’s a broken record as old as the bible…I mean we don’t live in god damned Saudi Arabia! DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO!
Who do you perceive are two of the most inspiring women of the feminist movement and why?
Victoria Woodhull – the first woman to run for president in 1872. A self-made millionaire who ran 50 years before women would even vote or do ANYTHING unaccompanied. She had the foresight for change, rebuking the ridiculousness of the time:
“I am quite well aware that in assuming this position I shall evoke more ridicule than enthusiasm at the outset. But this is an epoch of sudden changes and startling surprises. What may appear absurd today will assume a serious aspect tomorrow.”
The first woman to publicly and boldly say F**K THIS and knowing that her move would cause a ripple that one day would be a wave.
And Madonna, because she single handedly changed how women view themselves and how men view women, and she doesn’t even call herself a feminist! She was just being herself.
Is sexism widespread throughout the electronic music community today? How so?
Yes. But women in the industry are speaking out more and more. And it really comes down to women supporting other women in the industry as well. There is a light being shed on the situation and things are changing… slowly. It’s almost been a revenge of the nerds situation… Finally the behind the scenes guys, the faceless producers behind the hits, are out of the studio, out of their bedrooms, and are the rock stars. They’re reveling in their moment. Let em shine. Things will change. That’s why we see so many one dimensional artists in EDM. We are drawn to real artists for their authenticity and vision. There are amazing producers with genuine brand that are everything a rock star is like Skrillex, Diplo, Calvin, etc… But there are some DJs boosted to staggering heights by what? This 15 minutes is almost up, the bubble will burst – everyone is ready for something new, something authentic.
Have you come across any challenges with being two strong, bold and fierce women in the music industry?
Yea some people don’t get us, but a lot of people in the industry do get it and have helped us a lot. Especially the fans. The fans are affected by style and how we deliver in our sets but ultimately they’re united by music and the magic that happens when we all connect at a show – it’s pure and wholesome energy and will keep you addicted to this scene. It always reminds us of how we were when we first found electronic music, it’s authentic and positive and ultimately becomes a lifestyle. Some of the coolest most inspiring people we’ve met have been fans at shows. Those interactions stick with you for a long time and keep us going.
What do you want your listeners and live show attendees to take away from your music?
To be moved enough to want to get as close as they can to being authentically themselves and accepting themselves, and as a result dedicate their life to living and fighting for their purpose to make the world doper. And to have a f*****g blast 🙂
Any advice to young women in the music industry today?
Don’t listen to the NOs. Follow your own unique creative intuition. You’re going to f**k up, that’s part of anything, it’s a lesson – do it better next time. Show up, do your best work, shine a light on the shade and keep doing what you love and don’t stop.
*We are thrilled to share with you POSSO’s latest track, “Tidal Wave”. Add some fire to your weekend and check it out on Spotify at the link provided below*