We’re only newly acquainted with Ashe, but we already think this upcoming electronic-pop gal is a star. She certainly has some of the most fun, likeable songs of the year – you can watch the video of the brilliant Used To It below, check her tour dates out underneath, and get to know her via our handy Q&A below…
First musical memory?
Closing my eyes… I’m 5 in the back of my grandpa’s old suburban. Yeah that’s definitely it. He was always singing old 60’s records from Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. That’s probably my first musical memory.
First album you ever bought?
Copeland’s “You Are My Sunshine.” I still think “You break your neck to keep your chin up” from that album is one of the most beautiful lyrics ever written.
Describe your vibe in three words (but then tell us a bit more about how Used To It came along).
Barely controlled madness? I don’t know! “Used To It” actually started as a co-write for pitch which I was doing a lot more of back then. We were writing the song for someone else to sing, but when we we’re finished, it felt so weird and wonky and the story was most true to my heart, so I couldn’t end up giving it away. I’d say it’s the most cheeky of all the music I’ve been working on though. I’d say it’s definitely the least “weird” of all the new music I’ve been working on, so I’m ready to put new music out in November.
You’ve also done a couple of corking collabs with Louis The Child. How does the dynamic work there, and how do these songs come about?
Those are some of my best friends in music and so those songs just came in very organic ways. “World on Fire” I wrote entirely in my bedroom from a track Freddy sent me on a day I was feeling particularly cynical. “Right To It” I wrote with the guys in Malibu Canyon on a little writing trip we took basically for fun.
An album you would never listen to again?
My own demos from when I was 16.
Your inspirations, musical and otherwise?
I always start with the women, Carole King, Stevie Nicks, Ella Fitzgerald, Grace Slick. And then the boys, Duke Ellington, Tom Petty, Dylan, The Beatles.
What are your current jams?
Andy Shauf’s “The Party.” I’m also following Maggie Rogers really closely, I think she’s got such a classic vibe.
Any guilty pleasures, musical or non?
100% Gilmore Girls. And it drives my husband psycho.
Your dream collaborations?
Stevie Nicks all the way.
And finally: favourite Beyonce song?
Off the top of my head, probably Pretty Hurts. “Perfection is a disease of a nation” is poignant.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Dates with Whethan = #
Dates with Louis the Child = *
10/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre #
10/25 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #
10/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #
10/27 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair #
10/28 Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont #
10/29 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground #
10/30 Syracuse, NY @ The Wescott Theater #
10/31 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner #
11/02 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #
11/03 Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre #
11/04 Minneapolos, MN @ Skyway Theatre #
11/07 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note #
11/08 Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club #
11/09 Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird #
11/10 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre #
11/11 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall #
11/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
11/29 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
11/30 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
12/2 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre *
12/6 Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre *
12/7 Reno, NY @ Cargo *
12/8 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *
12/9 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
12/13 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park *
12/14 Santa Ana @ Observatory OC *
12/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium *