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.
Hi there ! Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
I’m currently in Glasgow, Scotland. I started my day by lying in til the very last moment then rushing to get out the door for work at Soma Records (usual – I’m blaming it on being a creative, apparently this is normal for us haha)
When did the idea of starting a project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
For creating a debut EP, yes this is something I’ve always wanted to do – but usually if I don’t have a deadline, it takes me ages to finish enough tracks to put together for an EP. Then I was approached by label Drec to make an EP for them, this was the kick up the bum I needed and made three tracks in the two month deadline they gave!
How would you define the sound of your latest work? What is the concept behind?
Hard Dance – a blend of techno and trance. The concept is to take elements of heaven hell and purgatory and blend them together. The happier, trance track ‘wingz 4ever’ is more heavenly sounding, lead track ‘Devil Energy’ has large, swelling and menacing synths, and ’Twilight Zone’ is foreboding and eerie like I imagine purgatory to be (if it existed!)
What artists are you interested in these days?
I currently am really digging DJ’s like High Future, Vixen, Courtesy and Matriark, who are all pushing high energy trance infused dance music onto the dancefloors.
How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
Fast, heavy but euphoric dance music is something I’ve listened to since I was around 13. So creating current sounding big techno-kick beats with this old school style comes more naturally than I thought it would, as it’s just a blend of my personalities and tastes over the years.
How would you define your sound?
Fast, hard and nostalgic. NO FLACCID TUNES!
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
I have three tracks coming out on compilation V/A’s as well as a remix within the next month or so. None of them have been announced yet so you’ll have to watch this space or follow me to find out when – @aisha.gla !!