London-based musician and entrepreneur Xylo Aria has launched an innovative learning platform with an aim to encourage more female-identifying individuals to pursue music production.
The present statistic for female music producers in the industry is shockingly low, currently at five per cent.
Writing music since age 12, Indian born Aria decided to produce her own music after a period of experimenting and tutorials, releasing her first self-produced single in 2018, ‘Pig’. Her personal experiences as a female musician relying on other producers and the challenges of learning a skill in such a male-dominated area inspired her to empower other women in similar situations.
After the tragic and unexpected loss of a close friend, Aria quit her job and began developing Music Production for Women, a music production course and community for female-identifying individuals.
“It’s time we started empowering ourselves and each other. If we wait for others to provide the stepping stone, we’ll be waiting forever,” she said.
The Music Production for Women platform utilises Ableton Live, who have generously provided a 40 per cent discount to any MPW members. The course consists of a free online introductory masterclass, access to the web training portal, the online community and full email support and monthly group calls. MPW are currently planning workshops in the UK and Europe as well as a podcast for which they are open to sponsors.