Today we had conversation with Aubrey Whitfield who is a UK based record producer and a songwriter. She is one of the very rare FEMALE record producer and one of the 2% of female record producers in the UK’s Music Producers Guild. Last year she released her own singles too.
Twist Online : When and how was the start of your music career, Our readers will like to know.
Aubrey Whitfield : I’ve been making music since I was 11 years old. I was literally obsessed with songwriting and producing during my teens. I’d spend hours upon hours in my bedroom writing and experimenting with various instruments. So by the age of around 15 I had written somewhere between 500-600 songs. I was incredibly creative at that age. Things really started to kick off for me when I moved to London in 2008 and invested in my own project studio. I then set up my own record label and began releasing my own records and remixing songs for other artists. Due to the success of my own singles, I have managed to attract the attention of other artists who either want me to record vocals on their songs or produce their single or EP. It’s been hard work though.
Twist Online : You are one of the very few female record producers. Does it make things tough for you professionally?
Aubrey Whitfield : Being a rare female record producer has actually been a unique selling point for me. I’ve increasingly found that female singer-songwriters in particular really value working with a female producer because they feel that a woman will connect with their music and are more likely to understand what they want. Call it female intuition! But I’ve also found that male artists are just as comfortable working with a female producer. So, for me, it’s actually helped my career rather than obstruct it.
Twist Online : What do you enjoy most Songwriting or producing music?
Aubrey Whitfield : Songwriting and producing are two very different, but equally important, things and I enjoy both. But my heart has always been in songwriting. Throughout my life songwriting has helped me channel my emotions and to tell stories about the most significant events that have taken place in my life. There is nothing like writing a really good song and being able to share it with people.
Twist Online : What according to you is your best work till date?
Aubrey Whitfield : I’m actually really proud of a song called ‘Love Obsession’ which I recently produced for Irish singer-songwriter Mairead Furlong. I put blood, sweat and tears into producing and mixing it and the reaction to it has been overwhelming. Despite writing and producing for over 20 years, I still find that I improve with every record that I work on.
Twist Online : You released your own singles last year. How do you feel about it?
Aubrey Whitfield : I think the last year has been really great for me as a musician and that’s because I released so many singles in 2015 as an artist in my own right. This increased my profile and ultimately led to artists requesting to work with me on their songs. Although my focus is now on record producing and songwriting, I will continue to release my own songs as an artist and I’m aiming to release an EP in the next few months.
Twist Online : Are you inspired by someone in music industry?
Aubrey Whitfield : My taste in music is so eclectic that I tend to get inspired by the songs I hear rather than specific artists. I think that’s what makes me a competent producer in that I like so many styles of music. Noel Gallagher was a huge influence on me as a teenager and he inspired me to learn the guitar and write pop-rock music.
Twist Online : What’s your goal in life you want to acheive next?
Aubrey Whitfield : There has only been ever 1 female record producer who has won a Grammy award and no female record producer has ever won a Brit Award. So my ultimate goal is to win a Brit or Grammy and to also inspire other female producers to come forward and feel confident about sitting behind the mixing desk. At the moment, I have a shorter term goal of aiming to score a Top 40 hit with a song I have written and produced.
Twist Online : Any new project you are working on? When it will be released?
Aubrey Whitfield : I’m working on quite a few projects at the moment. I’ll be producing Mairead Furlong’s debut EP which I’m really looking forward to and also producing and mixing tracks from some famous South African artists. So there’s lots in the pipeline!
Twist Online : Are you on Social Media? Your fans would love to follow you.
Aubrey Whitfield : I would love for your fans to connect with me on Social Media! Check me out at: