Aspen Wood started to write songs at 12 years old, after she started taking guitar lessons and crafted her own melodies and lyrics. “It kind of took off from there,” she says. “I had a lot to say at the time and found that songwriting gave me a platform to do so in a really beautiful, impactful way.” For Aspen, the process of songwriting starts with choosing a song title based on the song she wants to create, and crafting a melody to begin building the song.
New to collaboration with other artists, Aspen is focusing on establishing her brand, but worked with an emerging producer. His name is Ethan Ziemba, and goes by ‘Deadfriend.’ “We work really well together,” Aspen says. “I walk in with a song written and composed and then we work together through the production until it’s perfect. He’s super talented!”
Aspen has a few projects coming up in the next six months, and says that a collaboratively produced EP coming up will be a marked stylistic shift. “Of what’s been released, I’d say I’m most proud of the KARMA EP,” she says. “My mom and I worked very hard on it and its promotional material. It’s the first time I ever really felt like a true professional musician.” This past year, Aspen released a song called ‘The One’ after she earned Ableton production certification. She wanted to put these new skills into practice, and for her first self-produced song, wrote this Valentine’s Day-inspired single. Aspen points out that the song is a change in mood from her other songs, which circulate darker themes, since she wanted to focus on a lighter and more positive atmosphere with this project.