October 24, 2021


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Ester Dean Tells Us Why Barbie Should Be a Music Producer, Far too

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Barbie’s new Music Producer dolls; singer-songwriter-producer Ester Dean

Barbie’s new Audio Producer dolls singer-songwriter-producer Ester Dean
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On Sunday night, some of the tunes industry’s finest—and a lot more than a few its faves—gathered to celebrate a yr of common music’s hits at the 2021 MTV Online video Music Awards. Having said that, though there were being loads of female artists to be found on the purple carpet, presenting and accomplishing onstage, and even internet hosting the evening’s festivities, there ended up without doubt much a lot less ladies credited as producers on all those lauded pop, R&B, hip-hop and region hits.

“While woman voices are listened to from the stage, so quite a few significant choices are designed guiding the scenes and in the studio,” states award-successful singer-songwriter-producer Ester Dean. “Having been in the market for around a 10 years, I’ve witnessed the electricity feminine voices can have in shaping the future of songs production and want to make sure extra ladies are in the home.”  

In actuality, according to a push release from Mattel, fewer than 3 % of songs producers are women, with only two per cent of well known audio manufactured by gals. Which is why this year, Barbie is launching a “Music Producer” doll “to encourage and empower girls to take a look at a occupation in the music business…and shine a gentle on the value of women’s stake in the business.”

To introduce Barbie’s latest opportunity vocation path in the above 200 careers she’s had hence far, Mattel enlisted Dean as its very particular part model. Additional from the launch:

With the objective of inspiring additional ladies to explore a foreseeable future in audio creation, Barbie has joined forces with just one of the tunes industry’s most in-demand from customers and sought-immediately after hitmakers, Ester Dean, the Grammy Award-nominated songs producer, songwriter, singer, and actress who’s published and manufactured many hits, such as “Firework” by Katy Perry and “Rude Boy” by Rihanna. Barbie is also partnering with Ladies Make Beats, an group dedicated to increasing female existence in all roles – from on the phase to in the studio.

“As component of our ongoing Aspiration Hole Project, Barbie is devoted to leveling the enjoying field for ladies in professions wherever ladies are underrepresented, like new music producer,” reported SVP and International Head of Barbie & Dolls at Mattel, Lisa McKnight, in a statement.  “By exposing ladies to inspiring females excelling in this position, like Ester Dean, and by highlighting the songs producer job with dolls, Barbie is reminding girls of their limitless probable. Our partnership with Girls Make Beats takes our efforts a person step additional, championing feminine voices from the studio to the stage and giving ladies the instruments to assist them pursue a long run as a tunes producer.”

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“I strongly consider in the optimistic influence of illustration and am honored to do the job with Barbie on this method as we additional their get the job done to close the Dream Gap,” explained Dean—also unforgettable for her onscreen position as “Cynthia Rose” in the Pitch Fantastic franchise—in statement special to The Root. “Introducing girls to a new job, specifically a job where women of all ages are presently underrepresented these as songs producer, can assist establish their self esteem and inspire them to pursue new avenues,” she extra.

Each individual new music producer Barbie in the multiracial selection “wears a graphic tee, trendy jeans, an iridescent crop jacket, platform boots and has colorful hair in 4 enjoyment variations,” the launch explains, adding: “The  doll also will come with a sound mixing board, computer and headphone equipment to get the creativity and audio heading. “

Of system, like numerous other resourceful industries, there is an in particular significant lack by Black females in new music generation, despite our indeniable sonic impact upon well known new music.

“Black women’s contribution to music is significant,” Dean explained to The Root, “and indeed, there’s a gorgeous mild on the women on the general performance stage, but the spotlight dims when it is positioned on the Black women architects of music, even nevertheless creative imagination has no shade or gender. New music is a private reward that we share to make the entire world a improved position. Absolutely everyone should really be approved into this club if not, the entire world is lacking out on its fullest knowledge,” she added.

The gift of inspiration is staying bolstered by expenditure. As part of the collaboration, Barbie is donating to Girls Make Beats—an organization dedicated to growing the woman existence of audio producers, DJs and audio engineers—to empower the future era by funding scholarships “to give more women access to pursue their upcoming dream,” according to the launch. MTV is acquiring in on the act, way too on Saturday, September 18 at 8 a.m. ET, Barbie and MTV will host an hour-extended takeover of MTV’s Saturday Music Video Block to feature songs hits generated exclusively by women.

On Friday, September 24, Dean will also make an visual appeal on Barbie’s most current vlog on the Barbie YouTube channel, titled ‘I Interview Ester Dean, Track Machine’. There, she will share her inspiration and experience as a new music producer. Dean will also join Barbie and Ladies Make Beats for a live webinar internet hosting ladies ages 5-17, “to have interaction and support empower foreseeable future female tunes producers.”

“I hope that by bringing ladies along my journey and sharing my personal story of willpower and tricky work we can empower women to believe that that they can really be nearly anything,” explained Dean. 

Pay a visit to Barbie.com/DreamGap to find out extra and to join the Ladies Make Beats webinar with Ester Dean. Tunes Producer Barbie ($14.99) is readily available now  at major stores and on Barbie.com.  


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