Producer / songwriter who has worked with award-winning vocalists and instrumentalists. Underground, lush & urban, I specialize in producing folktronica, dreampop, ethnic/world, hip-hop and electronica. I'm a huge fan of genre-bending artists with a with a unique sound and story to tell. Let's create something!
I specialize in creating tracks for vocals and instruments from scratch, or developing what you’ve created and developing it to another level. I'm a trained musician with a background in rap, hip-hop, and electronica that grew up around musicians performing Indian and Arabic music. There really is no limit or barrier to the type of music I like to work with...if it's unique, I'm all in.
As a producer and songwriter, I’ve had the opportunity to create music with some incredible artists including Tina Guo (Hans Zimmer, Foo Fighters), Rebecca Loebe (The Voice), Anna Yvette (Machine Gun Kelly, Rootkit, Aero Chord), Chrysanthe Tan (John Legend, Ariana Grande, Bastille), Rianjali (AR Rahman, Shawn Mendes), Conkarah and many others.
I sweat over the details and won't stop until your track is exactly equivalent to your vision, there's no halfway.
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7 ReviewsEndorse ash.ØK
I have been working with Ash for over a decade now, and I strongly endorse him for anything and everything music related (and even life related). Ash has no ego, but has copious amounts of talent - he is willing to step in at any time to help you craft your vision, and helps you do it efficiently and with love. He is honestly one of the best musicians I have heard throughout all of my years of making music - he isn't just a beatmaker, he is a producer. I would, and do, recommend him to anyone that wants to work with someone truly gifted and take their work to the next level.
Ash came to me seeking a violinist, cellist & flutist to play on 2 tracks he was working on in the studio for his upcoming album. From the get go he was clear on exactly what he needed, responsive to my questions, willing to complete payment on our terms & eager to get us exactly what we needed in advance to prepare for the session....not to mention lots of fun in the studio! He truly could not have been more professional or easier to work with and I hope to have an opportunity to collaborate again. Highly recommended!!
ash.0K is one of the most professional, communicative producers I’ve worked with as a remote recording violinist. I performed the string parts on his track “Chain Rebellion” and felt both free to improvise and clear on the producer’s goals. Ash.0K swiftly got down to business, carried no ego, and kept me in the loop when the track was ready for release and promotion, never making me guess what he was asking for. This allowed me to create freely without being burdened with ego preoccupations. ash.0K is a dream collaborator, and I was so impressed with the final product — so inventive.
I've had the opportunity to mix a few great tracks that Ash had produced. The biggest plus of working with him is that he's extremely professional. His stems were organized, clean, and at an appropriate level to work with. That may not seem exciting, but for a mix engineer that is VERY APPRECIATED. I've got to meet him a couple of times, and he is definitely one of the nicest and most down to earth people you can meet. I 100% recommend reaching out to him.
Ash is a multi-talented songwriter, composer, producer and artist. I had the pleasure of working with him on a track a little while back and throughout the process he was very professional and added a ton of value to the project. One of the many great things about him is that he has experience in a multitude of different roles so he knows what to do and how anything he's doing contributes to the overall process. Ash is a no-BS straight shooter who's reliable and gets the job done.
As a fellow artist, collaborating with Ash was an amazing experience from start to finish. His talent, professionalism, and dedication shine through in everything he releases, and you can trust that he will deliver quality every time. As a fan, I love the emotion in his songwriting, and the distinctive blend of electronic, urban, and organic world sounds that he brings to his production. If you get the opportunity to work with him, take it!
I cannot say enough great things. I searched for a producer for my EP for YEARS. Ash was the only person who not only understood my vision, but also had an insane well rounded knowledge about different styles of music. Every track on my EP was practically a different genre. He’s easy to work with, takes your work to a different level, and tirelessly works on things until he gets it right. Will continue working with him for as long as I’m still a musician.
Interview with ash.ØK
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet since I'm new to this site, but I've seen some incredible work here.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, songwriting, topline melodies. I'm known for very lush productions that range from folk to synth to urban and typically pull in elements from all types of genres.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspiried by producers that draw inspiration from other genres and music, bringing elements that are disparate into what they create. Hans Zimmer, AR Rahman, Organized Noize, Finneas O'Connell, Ludwig Göransson, Rick Nowels and others along the same vein.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic Pro X, Protools, Cubase, Event monitors, Apogee Element 24 breakout box, loads of bass traps and sound panels, Audio-Technica AT4050, AKG K702 headphones. In addition to a bass and acoustic guitars, Yamaha synths, my studio is littered with percussion from all over the world including tablas, mridingams, djembes.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: With both vocalists and instrumentalists, I like to get a very rough reference of the song, whether its a full track or just a clip of an idea. It ranges from simple iPhone voice memos all the way to sample sessions. I try to get a vision of where the artist wanted to take this song and once we have a framework, it's a collaborative effort until we have a final track in place. At the end of the day, I want something the artist to feel proud to stand behind what we've created.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The story or theme behind a track is paramount. Once I get a sense of what an artist is trying to express emotionally, and what type of sounds inspire them, the build out is pretty straightforward.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Once I take on a project, no matter the budget, I really take on the project. No halfway work - I'm all in and committed to creating something we'll be proud to call ours a hundred years from now.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It ranges greatly - while I'm a hip-hop fan, I absolutely love folk, synthpop, dream pop and everything in between. My favorite music artists vary greatly, I can listen to a playlist that has A$AP Mob, Neil Diamond, Blueface, Flight of the Conchords, Billie Eiliesh, and Tom Petty all in one sitting.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A break from that track you've been obsessing over can be invaluable. Some of the best ideas have come to me when I decided to take a pause and step away to let things breathe a bit.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: If I could ever get a chance to work with Andre 3000, Chester Bennington, Stevie Wonder, Loreena McKennit or Bjork, my life would be complete. I grew up listening to each of these artists and the eclectic nature of their music has had a huge influence on what I do in the studio.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: With the music I produce, the one consistent response I get back from fans is that they hear some new element on each repeat – not typically on the first or second listen, but a few plays in and there’s a different melody line or instrument that they didn’t realize was there. It's lush, intricate, layered and has elements of urban music with threads of eastern and tribal.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My first experience in a recording studio started way back in high school, in a band with friends. We scraped enough money to record in this studio built underground and meant for heavy and goth metal bands – it could handle only a few tracks deep and recorded analog to reel. I fell in love with the whole production process and enrolled in a number of music recording courses in college. When I graduated, I built my first recording studio. Over the years, it's been a progression from that first studio, evolving both technique and equipment.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'm assuming this desert island has an outlet somewhere...I'd have to definitely pack up my Mac Pro, Yamaha EX5 synth, my Takamine acoustic my old upright piano, and my collection of condensor mics.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: More than the actual track, I think it's the collaboration aspect that is clutch in whether a project is going to be a success. If you can trust the talent and person you've partnered up with, in the end, it's going to be amazing.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I'd like to know their story, what this particular song or track is about and what they envision the final version to sound like. I like working with artists that are open to ideas that may have not been considered - we don't have to stick with it, but some incredible stuff can happen when you experiment beyond a framework or limit.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think some folks might have a notion that a background in music theory, instruments, etc. doesn't add the same value as before given the low entry level in production. High-end equipment and plugins can only go so far, in my opinion.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: As a producer, I do get asked what my workflow is. It's really down to what works best for the person I'm working with. If the comfort zone is to work remotely and tag back and forth over emails and phone calls, that works for me as well. I don't need a full fleshed idea to work with - a discussion of what you want to create is really all I need to begin.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creation aspect for sure, but I think it's the fact that I've connected with truly amazing artists over the years.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You're going to walk away from this experience with something incredible. I'm not stopping until you are thrilled with what we've created.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both - it really depends on what we're going for with a track.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm wrapping up production on a five-song project for a client while also working through the initial production phase of my second album.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm extremely proud of my recently released album, The Unraveled. It was an endeavor of about two years of solid work in both production and songwriting. This project was entirely themed on the true story of a close friend who attempted suicide. It touched on themes including battling depression and ultimately finding your own freedom within society. The project, which included thirteen songs as well as five music videos that I directed, gave me an opportunity to work with some really incredible musicians to help me tell her story.