Naughty Boy calls out lack of female producers in music

Naughty Boy is frustrated that the world of music producing continues to be a “boys’ club”.
The music extraordinaire has collaborated with successful female singers including Beyonce and Emeli Sande, but when it comes to working behind-the-scenes, he’s disappointed that there still isn’t enough female talent involved in helping make a record.
“I’m about to sign my first female producer, which is a good step for me. There are a lot of female artists but no female producers,” he sighed in an interview with British newspaper the Evening Standard.
“Why haven’t we changed fundamental things? When does this boys’ club stop? I’ve met some very powerful, amazing women in this business but they always seem to be just underneath the man. I’ve been in the industry a good few years and it’s not something I’ve noticed is changing.”
Another thing Naughty Boy, real name Shahid Khan, hopes to change is the popularity of Motown music as he gears up to release a new covers album titled Naughty Town featuring artists including Justin Timberlake, Laura Mvula and Ella Eyre. Listeners can tune into remixed versions of classic tracks by Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder as well as other famous names from the genre.
“For me I went in blind, because I didn’t understand what it took for Motown to actually happen and the struggle of black artists being able to play their music on the radio,” Naughty Boy added.
“I want to approach it in a way that makes it appeal to young people so they go out and do their own research and maybe want to hear a Stevie Wonder album. That’s important, that was the initial thought behind it.”