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Meet Aisyah

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aisyah.

Aisyah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m from Brunei, a teeny-tiny country situated on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Music has always been a part of my life since I can remember. I grew up in a very musical household –– my dad plays the guitar and loves to sing, my mum was classically trained in piano, and my siblings and I play all kinds of instruments. When I was younger, I was especially passionate about performing and storytelling through music. During middle school, I started producing tracks in my bedroom using GarageBand, but I never shared them with anyone because they were my “me time” moments, like a private therapy session or a way for me to wind down.

As I got older, I knew I wanted to pursue music as a career. Film scoring crossed my path during my senior year of high school, and after I graduated I moved to the U.S. to study music at the University of Rochester, NY. While I was studying, I also scored music on the side for film and animation students at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I actually still keep in touch with some of them to this day, which is so sweet because we’ve seen each other grow in our respective fields since the early stages of our careers, and we still come together to collaborate on projects or support each other in our endeavours.

Shortly after I received my Bachelor of Arts degree, I moved to Los Angeles after I had found out that I landed an internship at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions. I was so excited to observe and experience the professional film music industry, and it has definitely shaped the way I work today. I eventually found my way to Henry Jackman’s Sacred Tiger Music before moving on to work with Bryce Jacobs at Arkenstone Inc, where I have been involved with numerous projects including Legendary Entertainment’s “Skyscraper”, Icon Animation’s “Yowie”, Netflix’s “Daybreak”, Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger”, and Walt Disney Pictures’ “Christopher Robin”.

Throughout these experiences, I still found myself coming back to song production every now and then, especially with beat making. I love R&B and Hip Hop and I get very fascinated with sound design, as I love coming up with ways to create unique soundscapes in my production. Towards the end of 2019, I decided I wanted to pursue the songwriting and producer path of the music industry. I have a debut EP coming out on Oct 16, which can be pre-saved at this link: https://push.fm/ps/headintheclouds

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ve definitely had my ups and downs, and I believe anything in life you work hard for or are passionate about will never be easy. In order to grow, we need to face some challenges.

One of the main things I’ve had to learn to deal with is self-doubt. There were times where I questioned if I was ever good enough, and I had this fear of being replaceable. The music industry here is so fast-paced and the pool of talent is vast, so it can feel like a lot of pressure to try to catch up and keep your head above waters. It had definitely affected my mental health at one point –– I let the stress get to my head and was constantly feeling anxious and scared about pursuing opportunities. I’ve definitely gotten better about letting those thoughts go and coping better with the stress and uncertainties. I try to constantly remind myself to live and enjoy the present moment and not to worry about the worst-case scenarios. I found it especially helpful when I remind myself that this whole thing is not a race, that we are all going through our own journeys and that I simply cannot compare my path to others. As long as I’m dedicated, working hard and taking care of myself, things will bloom in their own time.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am an R&B music producer and singer/songwriter who loves weaving colourful, ambient synthesizers with soulful, lyrical melodies and smooth beats. I think what’s unique about my journey is that I came from a film scoring background first before delving into the song world, so a lot of my techniques incorporate what I know and have learned through film music. I feel like it especially elevates the storytelling aspect of my songs because I conceptualize them in a cinematic way.

I really enjoy and am passionate about beat production. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I love coming up with unique sound design elements to add personality to my tracks. I’d sometimes go out and record some samples to incorporate into my beat. Actually, there is a track I was working on where I recorded sounds using my car (e.g., sounds of a door slam, windshield wipers, clicking of the blinkers, etc.) and created some beat patches out of them. I find the process so fun, as it creates a different creative experience for each track.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I honestly don’t believe in luck, but rather I’ve always believed in karma and that things happen in your life for a reason to teach you certain lessons. Whatever we put out to the world and the way we interact with our surroundings will always bounce back to us as a reflection.

There’s actually a quote I came across at a Starbucks across the street from me that said, “Today you could be standing next to someone who is trying their best not to fall apart. So whatever you do today, do it with kindness in your heart.” It was sweet because, at the time, I noticed that all the Starbucks servers at this branch were interacting with each other and the customers with kindness and care. They brought such a positive energy into the space and it really cheered me up. I actually walked up to one of the baristas when I went to pick up my drink and thanked them for being so sweet, that they made me smile and that I am now going about the rest of my day with this positive attitude. Energies are contagious, and it’s very easy to influence someone. This is the kind of mindset I like to bring into my music as well –– I hope to connect with the listeners and that my music could be this guidance or support for whatever they’re going through in their lives, whether it be going through grief, trying to make an important decision, or celebrating an amazing moment.

Another quote I came across recently said, “The only way you see results is if you stay consistent”. This has especially helped me in my career and work, as I can be a very impatient person when I don’t see a significant change right away. It reminds me to keep going even if I don’t see instant results in the current moment.

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