Produced by a Girl, aka Mary Knoblock, aka DJMEK, is an EDM Artist & Composer who started the Produced by a Girl platform, movement and gateway for female producers, and artists while signed to Andre Williams in 2019.
Produced by a Girl now spans over 25 avenues in the digital sphere with opportunities for women in sync, distribution and publishing via The Stachehaus. Produced by a Girl continues to utilize her opportunity in the music industry to empower female artists and producers daily. She has recently released 3 albums: Soul DM, Once Upon Forever and Electrify. She is currently working on her latest Compilation Album with incredible female artists and producers called Femme Frequency. The Compilation Album Series at Produced by a Girl is a part of the legacy she is building that will ensure a gateway to the industry for all women in music in the future.
What is your current music project about?
Happy to be here! I just released a compilation album called Femme Frequency! Femme Frequency was inspired by 5 female artists and producers coming together and exploring the topic of darkness to light to process through what had been happening in the world during 2020 and 2021 when the pandemic was in full force. The female artists:Tess Posner, Lil MC, Sadie Belica of The Waking Point, and Meghan Pulles along with Produced by a Girl (aka Mary Knoblock Founder & CEO of Produced by a Girl), decided on the name Femme Frequeny as it reflects the power of female creators and their unique frequency they bring to music, soundwriting and production. Produced by a Girl sponsored the compilation album alongside The Stachehaus, & KMG, and is honored to be surrounded by incredibly talented females in the music industry. Their talent shines on the album and brings renewal and light to a world that needs healing and equality, and strength.
What sets your music apart? What is unique, or at least uncommon?
Mostly everything lol. My music is a bit avant- garde, unconventional and very futuristic neo electronic classical. It’s uncommon because it focuses more on pattern repetition and combining sounds and melodies in a way that is very unconventional. Abstract music composers or music buffs and music historians tend to have more respect or appreciation for my style of music. I try now to compose both styles of music to reach the conventional music listener who likes clear melodies and beats, but also stay true to my abstract sonic classical fugatos in electronic music compositions.
Has your musical journey had a deliberate direction, or did it simply gradually evolve in whatever direction it found?
It gradually evolved but very quickly and quite unexpectedly into the music industry. I say gradually because I was a prolific artist and produced 13 albums over 3 years as an unknown indie electronic music producer/composer before being immersed in the music industry. My work was discovered on Instagram by Andre Williams, and he’s been a huge supporter ever since. I’m honored to have The Stachehaus and him open doors for me in the industry to support Produced by a Girl to be a thriving movement, platform, and gateway for female artists and producers.
If we were to look at the artists you are listening to, who would be on your playlist?
Currently Alfonso Peduto and Tambour along with Peter Gregson and Taylor Swift of course.
Of your own music, do you have a favorite? If so, can you pin down why?
Trail of Flowers is one of my favorites for sure. It’s on the compilation album Femme Frequency. I had such a fun time composing it electronically and producing it. The song just flew together in 45 minutes. And the movements in the song are very fluid and pull the listener in with these really beautiful emotional melody changes. It was a truly exhilarating experience to compose and I’m really happy with the overall composition and sound.
What can we expect from you within the next 6 months? Any releases planned? Future gigs?
I’ll be releasing a new album this winter and am starting to launch a PBG NFT Collection on Rarible as well as future PBG NFT Collaborations with other artists. PBG is always looking to collaborate with serious indie artists! Check out the community and I’d love to connect! We also will be continuing our PBG compilation artist album series and are accepting demos currently for 2022 spring/summer release.
When you create music, what is your personal purpose or goal?
To really create a breathtaking sonic journey and experience for my fans. To have beautiful pieces of music that open up their heart, mind and soul to experience instrumental electronic music in a way that they haven’t experienced yet in the traditional edm realms. My goal is to empower female producers and artists, to show them that women can produce and compose beautiful music.
Do you plan your music releases, or do you just finish a song and release it?
I always plan it. For our compilation album we have a yearly release plan that covers everything for album and artist promotion. It’s really an immersive experience that covers press, social media promotion, and performing. It’s a huge endeavor and if you do a release plan well, you can really have an amazing project for the artists and producers which is my goal at Produced by a Girl.
Would you have any advice for would-be artists or songwriters wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Answer: Define what makes you unique in the music industry and build off of that through a well defined artist or producer brand. Look for female brands in the music industry that are supportive and get involved. Being in a community will lift you up during the lulls and also inspire and support you when you’re going full steam on an album or ep release. Produced by a Girl is here for you girl! Stop by and say hi! We also welcome all humans regardless of gender and encourage them to stop by PBG for support or encouragement!
If you could be a superhero, what would your superpower be and your superhero name?
Tinkerbell. I love how she can fix things with fairy dust and is always so happy and optimistic.
You are a new addition to a crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
Iridescent Glitter confetti all the way. We need more iridescent glitter confetti in our lives.
What was the last TV series you watched on TV?
Mozart in the Jungle. I Love that series. It’s discontinued now but I was totally inspired by the whole cast to seriously produce and compose classical electronic music after watching it.
If you had to describe yourself as a flavour, what would it be?
Mint Chocolate Peppermint – chill, savoring life and refreshing, trying to bring good energy and good music vibes wherever I am.
What makes you nostalgic?
Old music videos on YouTube. Especially all the old indie bands in the 2007 – 2015 era. Also, winter snow, Christmas lights and baking pumpkin muffins.