Girls Make Beats – Tiffany Miranda Empowering A New Generation of Female DJs
These days, singer-songwriter, producer and DJ Tiffany Miranda boasts a star-studded client list including DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Fat Joe, not to mention appearances on American Idol and X Factor. But despite her success, the Miami native won’t forget the times she’s been mistaken for an assistant, or — worse — an artist’s girlfriend.
It’s a common story for women in the male-dominated music industry, and one Miranda’s nonprofit organization, Girls Make Beats, aims to break down.
“It was always so strange for people to come in and be like, ‘where’s the engineer?’ And I’m like, ‘you’re looking at her,'” Miranda says. “My hope would be for [other women] to never, ever have to experience even half the stuff that I went through.”
With this hope in mind, Miranda founded Girls Make Beats in 2012, which helps young girls ages 8 through 17 hone skills in DJ-ing, music production and audio engineering through summer camps, educational seminars and other programs. This summer, the South Florida-based organization will partner with the SAE Institute to host beat-making and DJ workshops in six cities across the U.S, kicking off in Atlanta on July 3.
Ahead of the summer tour — which also hits Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami — we caught up with Miranda to talk overcoming sexism in the industry, her biggest musical role models and her steadfast belief in knowledge as power.