Since her debut in 2014, Danish / Egyptian producer Ashibah has steadily built a reputation as a producer and DJ with a vision, releasing a warehouse-sized series of tracks to house institutions like Defected, Get Physical Music and Spinnin ‘Records.
Ashibah’s dual talents as a singer and producer are on display in her latest single, “My Eyes Only”, which fuses her melodic sensibility with a rave-ready tech-house beat. After her release, we asked Ashibah to drop some wisdom and tell us five things she learned about music production.
1. Take small steps and set achievable goals.
“Music production can be overwhelming most of the time, there is so much to learn and new information every day. To make things easier and achievable in the long run, without feeling like there’s a long way to go, set small steps and achievable goals to work with.
“Take your time to determine what kind of producer you want to be. Every year I make a list of the skills I want to improve as a producer and I go down one step at a time, that way the slope doesn’t feel that steep. When you find something you want to learn, make a good plan and go!
2. Research, research, research
“Do your research! There is so much information available to you, take advantage of it. Don’t just learn the bare minimum and go with it.
“I have one day a week that I call Nerd Day, where I dive into all kinds of stuff happening on the stage. New synths, podcasts, masterclasses, and videos.
“There is always someone who creates new methods and experiments with production. Go find them and challenge yourself with new approaches. It could change the way you work and open up new avenues for improving your music.
3. Find your space
“You don’t have to have a big, fancy studio to be able to make great music. Determine which space works for you and how you want that space to feel.
“Don’t feel intimidated by what’s going on there, you can play music on a laptop in the park with a set of speakers if you want, so take your time figuring out what setup and environment. are important for you to feel creative in.
“For me, I found that having a smaller setup gave me so much more flexibility to be creative. I sold a lot of equipment and moved to a small space where the energy and lighting suited me perfectly.
“Surround yourself with people who give you creative energy, not people who feed off of it. The community is so important! We spend so much time in front of screens and pressing buttons, so it’s important to have a space where you can share and talk to people about ideas. Also people who can challenge you to be better at what you do and teach you new things.
5. Use models
“Create models! They save time when it comes to getting into the studio and activating that creative button. Getting organized and creating these templates will make your daily workflow easier, going through the start and end phases of a track.