AISHA, Scottish DJ, producer and staple of Glasgow's prolific underground club scene has announced the release of their first solo EP on German label Drec Records. A haunting five-track trip to the underworld, and back, the Energy EP also includes remixes of industrial techno stalwart Joe Farr, and Magdeburg-based producer Patrick Dre. Armed with hard-hitting beats and captivating synths, AISHA's debut EP is fueled with the same infectious energy that permeates their unforgettable live sets.
AISHA plays back to back with Quail at Riverside Festival 5th September and also plays a solo set at the after party Riverside By Night at SWG3 on Sunday 5th September. Tickets for both are available here.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing AISHA, and this has been the result.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music? I’m from Glasgow in Scotland, which has a great wee nightlife scene. I first started getting into electronic music after going to club nights at infamous venues such as ’the arches’ ! From there the culture became part of my everyday life. How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now Over the pandemic my friends and I started listening to more euphoric, fast styles of dance such as Hard Trance, which has tranlasted into my mixes. I’ve been playing a lot of tunes by producers CLTX, Vixen, DJ Ibon, Paul Copping and Franck just now as well as downloading tracks from old school hard trance and hard house labels such as Noom and Tidy. How do you feel your music influences or impacts your listeners?
I’m hoping it takes them back to the old school days of when hard dance was everywhere - wether it was eurodance, hardcore, gabber or trance! I’m sure listeners where drunk in a park as a teenager listening to those genres somewhere! I want that nostalgia to be translated. What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job? I’m currently working on a new EP , as well as focussing on just getting in the mind set for playing gigs again.
Where are you and what have you been doing now? Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria? For sure, I think it’s natural for any person, especially dj’s for their music taste to change over the years. When I first started DJing I played latin freestyle, Italo disco and 80’s funk! Then I transitioned into electro, and it’s only been this year I’ve properly started to play a fusion of techno and trance in my sets. It’s good never to feel pigeon holed into one genre and to change over time. Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound? I’ve always like to play something other than the typical 4/4 130bpm techno, and like tunes with a bit of spice! I’m sure the crowd likes this recently as well, we need more energy these days to fuel the mind after the monotony of no clubs. We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity? I would say it’s encouraged creativity even more. We’re now able to create music at any time, anywhere ! For example, you can now record anything at any point on your phone and then go to your laptop and make a tune from that one noise. Creativity like that pushes boundaries of music! Can you tell us what your present and future projects are? I have my first ever debut solo EP coming out on German label, drec, on 13th August. Its released on vinyl too, with some insane remixes from Joe Farr and label head Patrick Dre. Really excited for its release! I also have a remix coming out. On the 27th of august fro artist Drumsauw, as well as two tracks coming out on some big complications. Watch this space!