Lady of the House – images and interviews with women who have contributed, and continue to contribute, to making the house music scene

The Lady of the House is a large-scale hardback book by Laila McKenzie and Ian ‘Snowy’ Snowball. The book contains beautiful images and interviews with women who have contributed, and continue to contribute, to making the house music scene. The book includes interviews with DJs, Producers, Artists, Promoters and Management. Our first five interviews came from Candi Staton, Barbara Tucker, Sam Divine, Maxinne and Kym Mazelle. The book has continued to grow over the last year, taking us to places we could only have dreamt of with contributions from so many influential people in house music. From those who were there in the beginning up to present day advocates who help to keep the scene alive, thriving and constantly evolving. 

The women included in The Lady of the House tell their stories of the part they play in house music, the music that we love, and continue to enjoy and dance to. Hundreds of women have shared their stories and experiences, making ‘Lady of the House’ an invaluable record of the evolution of house music and women’s central role within it. But The Lady of the House is so much more than just women in house, it’s about women being creative and doing what they love to do.  In a time where so much change has happened & so many inequalities have been brought to light over the last year we want to ensure the legacy of women’s power is passed down to future generations.  The interviews are rich with stories of determination, empowerment, inspiration, challenges, passion, education, having goals and, simply realising dreams.  

The printing of the book is funded by a Kickstarter campaign, launched Monday 8th March, which will allow fans of the book to support us directly. Information on the various pledging options are available on the kickstarter page. We can’t wait to share this with the world, it’s a book that has been waiting to happen. 

Interviewees include Candi Staton, Barbara Tucker, Sam Divine, DJ Maxinne, Lynn Cosgrove, Rowetta, Ellen Allien, Nicky Trax, Janet Bell, Julie McKnight, Kathy Brown, Anja Schneider, Black Girl/White Girl, Ultra Nate, Jocelyn Brown, Arielle Free, Rochelle Fleming, DJ Paulette, Gladys Pizarro, Abigail Adams, Anne Savage, DJ Rap, Kym Sims, Judy Griffith, Kym Mazelle, and many more.

Authors Laila & Snowy dedicated their time free of charge for the past 8+ months to bring this project to life.  

The aim of this project is to raise the £25,000 cost of printing and distribution of the book. With community participation we know it can be achieved.

The authors of the book will donate £1 from the sale of every book to the Night Time Industries Association’s (NTIA) Savenightlife CIC. Donations will be used by Savenightlife CIC to further develop their #Weareallinthistogether, Diversity & Inclusion initiative. Specifically, it will be used to ensure access to equal rights and protection for all women and all who identify as women, within the industry remains high on the agenda.

Available to pre-order here


About the Author

Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.