Specializing in bringing your vision to life and creating a world through our craft.
I've been a songwriter for 10 years, and passionately work to cultivate my craft. This includes melodies, ghost writing, and demoing ideas.Registered with BMI and specialize lyricism and have a genuine passion for the craft. The way a song is written shapes how the listener feels and fits into the track like a puzzle piece, perfectly forming a part of a vision that will transpire through the artists collective works. I pride myself on communication and understanding what you are trying to say, and how it should feel in order to be written in a way that not only resonates with the artist, but the listeners as well. I build off connection with you and let my love for the art do the rest.
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Interview with Aisha Sal Diri
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently working on a new collective, hopefully to be released early 2018. New sounds, expanding my genre.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love the minimalism and dependability of analog, but the reach and innovation of digital. Analog though, because it is the foundation and can't fail. Its where everything is built from.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to experiment with styles that I don't get to in my own music. Experiencing different genres outside of my own.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That songwriting is just that, writing.. words thrown on a beat. There is so much depth, soul, and skill in it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The best thing clients can do is send me their previous work. That way I can get directly get and feel what I need to know. I ask what they like to write about, or experiences. I like a lot of detail because its hard to write about a life I wasn't there for, or experience. I need to be them and get into their shoes, including their style, vibe, way they phrase things, etc.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: We help paint your vision, we do not createeee the vision. Be specific on where you want to head and your likes. Tell us what you see so that we have a clear view on what we will do and the best it can be.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, microphone, sound panel, midi board...and my favorite tea, Throat Coat haha.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Many many metaphors and some play on words. My artist style is heavy bass, darker tones, and pretty melancholy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to write with Lorde, her writing and phrasing is beautiful and she creates amazing soundscapes. Kanye, simply because his ear and obsession with sound is so complex. Daniel Caesar, for his poetic writing style. Lana Del Rey for her vision crafting. Banks for her aggressive wordplay with soft delivery.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Finishing a project is more important than starting it. Don't lose momentum.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Typically R&B
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Persistence. My ability to see how many different ways something can be done, and knowing that there are infinite ways. My excitement to see which way feels right, even if I have to try forever.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My love for wordplay. As the song 'writes itself' I make it better by including certain words, and molding surrounding sentences around it. Like a puzzle, I just play around with it and when something is perfect and exactly what I want, it feels impactful. It hits me and I literally say 'OOOHM!!! YEP!' and nod feeling complete haha. It feels like a fact, that that is it, there is nothing else better. I bring my intuition.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically, I start with a phrase that hits me. It comes with a melody depending on how the sentence sounds, and from there the next sentence falls in place. The song almost writes itself.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Lots of notebooks haha! For my personal work, I use Logic Pro X, an AKAI MPK midi, Lyx Pro sound Absorber panel, CO1U condenser microphone, and completely acoustic panel covered walls! My 'studio' expands beyond me and includes the producers and artists I have worked with that add so much more than I can.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Nina Simone inspires my writing. Her sound is so expansive that it translates past articulation, where the only way to describe the feeling is through senses like texture (silk) taste (honey) and warmth (ambience). I adore artists who create atmosphere and a new world through their sound, like Lana Del Rey and early The Weeknd (Trilogy). There is something special about painting with tone. The subtle nuances in cadence, and phrasing are ironically what emotion is built on.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Writing lyrics and melodies to be paired with a track they are working on. Poems for an into/outro to create atmosphere in their project.