MusicNSW launched their excellent Women In Electronic Music Program last year, featuring live showcases and a series of masterclasses to help teach women the technical and production skills used in EDM.

Back by popular demand and sheer significance, this year’s Women In Electronic Music Masterclasses feature eight lessons from some of the best in the biz.

Taking place on May 12 and 19 at 107 Projects in Redfern, the schedule includes an Intro to Ableton Live with musician, producer and Liveschool trainer Ninajirachi; one-on-one Audio Engineering Workshops with Antonia Gauci (will.i.am, Lil Yachty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis); and an intro to Electronic Production and Songwriting with multidisciplinary artist May Lyn.

As a primer of sorts, we asked six of the masterclass tutors to describe: the hardest thing about learning their craft. Check out their answers below.

May Lyn

Writing and producing has always been an interesting explorative and learning process, which isn’t hard to do because I enjoy it a lot. But the business aspects of becoming a professional musician has been the hardest, because when money becomes involved it changes my attitude towards doing music being a hobby and it being work.

There’s a lot of new decisions I have to make and the pressure of needing to sacrifice my emotional and creative energy for things that aren’t related to writing or performing music for the sake of it being good business sense.