Saffron x B.A.D. present: Tech Dissect w/ Coco Em


January 31


07:30 pm - 09:30 pm

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Music Events

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Dive into the world of music production using Ableton Live with Nairobi-based artist and activist Coco Em

Saffron, in collaboration with Black Artist Database (B.A.D.) are delighted to announce a three-month series of online music production workshops for women, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people worldwide.

Tech Dissect is a regular workshop series that sits as part of Saffron’s digital member’s club, with different guest hosts taking the reins each month to share their production insights. For the B.A.D. residency taking place this January, February and March, sessions are hosted by creators in the B.A.D. network.

Workshops are designed to support individuals of all experience levels to build confidence, community and technical understanding of music creation using Ableton Live. Workshops will take place on Zoom and will last 90 minutes. No previous experience using Ableton Live is required. Attendees can download a free version of the software in the sessions here.


Want to kickstart your new year with music-making? Dive into the world of production with Coco Em’s “Introduction to Ableton Live”, based on her Sim Sima program. This online session is designed for absolute beginners eager to explore their musical potential using the powerful and intuitive Ableton Live software.

Subsequent sessions will be hosted by [M] (29 Feb), and B.A.D. co-founder NIKS (28 Mar). Click here to book a place on our forthcoming workshops.


Emma Mbeke Nzioka is a multidisciplinary artist and activist based in Nairobi, Kenya. As a music producer under the alias Coco Em, Emma self-produced and mixed an EP entitled “Kilumi” in 2022 with Infine music and has further released several singles. Her debut album is set for release under Infine this year. ‘The hardest hustling DJ,’ according to Okay Africa, Coco Em is a well-established international DJ who’s played eclectic blends to crowds from Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal to Trans Musicales in Rennes, France. Coco Em is signed to Earth Agency, has performed professionally in over 27 different cities globally and is gearing up for her Sonar debut performance in the summer of 2024.

As the current artistic director for the Norient Festival’s 2024 edition (Bern) Emma is responsible for planning and overseeing the festival’s artistic programming and opening the festival to a wider diverse range of artists and voices.





Access to these sessions is free for members of Saffron’s online community, Saffron Members Club. Saffron Membership starts at just £5.50 per month and provides access to regular online workshops, an online community space, video masterclasses, free music tech tools, discounts and much more.

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We never want money to be a barrier to people accessing music tech, so if you are unable to afford a ticket but believe you would benefit from attending these workshops, please email us on

Workshops are open to people worldwide, but will be running at 7.30 pm GMT so please bear differences in time zone in mind. If you purchase a ticket but are unable to attend live, you will automatically be emailed a recording of the workshop(s) after the event.

We are committed to making our online events as accessible as possible. We have created a guidance document about this – Click here to view the accessibility document. Alternatively, please email us with any access requirements you may have:


The gender imbalance in the music technology industry is well-recognised. While we are absolutely not ‘anti-men’, we see that a shorter-term solution is to provide fellowship and learning environments that are not dominated by the cisgender male perspective. Therefore, these workshops are intended for women, non-binary, trans and gender non-conforming people to attend. While we do not ban cisgender men from attending, we hope that they will respect that this event is not intended for them.


Saffron is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to advance gender equality in the music tech sector by creating safer spaces for marginalised people to learn, create and grow confidently through forward-thinking technological music creation, DJ and music industry experience.

Saffron’s work focuses on educational courses, online workshops, mentoring, a global members club and an artist development and label platform. We are building a future industry that is inclusive and diverse. Founded in Bristol UK in 2015, Saffron has grown from a one-woman operation to an initiative supporting thousands of people worldwide to find music education and community.

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Black Artist Database (formerly known as Black Bandcamp) is a community-based platform, hosting a wealth of international Black-owned record labels, artists, producers and bands.

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There’s a global community of music makers using Ableton’s creative tools and resources. Creating and performing music with Ableton software and hardware instruments: Live, Push, Link and Note. And sharing and exploring ideas through Loop, Learning Music and Learning Synths.

Ableton was set up in Berlin in 1999 by the same musicians who lead the company today. Now it’s made up of around 500 employees across the world, working together on things that inspire people to get started and go further as music makers.

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