With Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio, the music industry has no doubt changed. When you ask high-school students today what a vinyl is, they look at you with a confused daze. When you ask them about EDM music, they can name several male artists like Calvin Harris or Tiesto.

The club scene is dominated by male DJs that typically mix tunes with MP3s using fake turntables. That’s just the way it is now. Women only encompass 12% of performers at local clubs according to a recent analysis conducted by an international coalition of female artists. Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-girl vinyl DJ club, though, has been breaking this stereotype.

Chulita Vinyl Club

Edinburg native Claudia Saenz founded CVC in 2014, and with the club’s first anniversary last November, it has quickly turned into a movement of empowerment for women in the all-too-familiar male dominated DJ/club scene.

CVC inspires to encourage women to be independent, create and recognize the difficulty of being a woman and to mainly support each other. Saenz created a space for vinyl-loving girls to share and appreciate music.

Spinning Worldwide

Expanding to 15 members from Texas and California, CVC has women interested as far away as Brazil and Italy. CVC is always encouraging women to join, and no experience is necessary. There are, however, two rules: the DJ must identify as a woman and must own vinyl records.

Take a Listen

Breaking boundaries in the club scene and spinning it old school, Saenz, a.k.a. Teardrop, will bring some of her crew to spin vinyls on Thursday, March 3rd at South Texas College in McAllen. You can check out their Facebook page here.

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