What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
Iím currently busy in the studio recording my debut album, when not there Iím performing anywhere and everywhere I can. I have a trip to Steamboat Springs in the US to play during their ski season.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Just go hard.
What will your next release be?
My single Boy in the Box is being released on the 25th July 2011, it is a single from my debut album due out this the end of this year. The EP and Single will be available on iTunes, Amplifier, Digirama, Marbecks Digital.
Who would you most like to support live?
These is super easy, Coldplay. They are one of my main inspirations.
What can you never leave home without?
Cellphone, if itís a long trip I always take my guitar.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
What is the best part of being a musician?
Playing my music to heaps of people.
What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?
Singing into a microphone that isnít on.
What is your favourite place in NZ to be?
Wellington because of its diversity, Auckland for the music scene.
What inspired you to become a musician?
Chris Martin and one of my uncles when he played guitar.
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
Opening for Shihad because it was such and honour and so much fun.
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
Primarily through Facebook. It seems to provide the easiest option for people to stay in touch. I also have twitter, youtube, myspace and reverbnation etc too.
Ash didnít choose music, it chose him, and lucky for us it did. With a growing collection of songs this young singer song writer is set for great things. Ashís music has a rock folk edge to it that includes intricate part variation, dynamic vocal range and the ability to take the listener on a story that is told with both strength and sensitivity.
His songs show a maturity that is quite beyond his 17 years. Tracks like Boy in the Box and Blue Fades to Black have a Coldplay like specialness about them, and the single that won him 3rd place in the Play it Strange Song Writing Competition has a hook that keeps you wanting to come back for more. His new EP features a beautiful mix of tracks that showcase just what he is capable of! He is also an accomplished musician playing guitar, keyboards and piano on the tracks he has recorded.
Ashís accomplishments are impressive: Third in the Play it Strange Song Writing Competition in 2010; selection for involvement in the Drift Sessions which saw him co-write with Ryan Edwards the Mental Health Awareness Week track ĎDrifting Tonightí; first in the Coastlands Star Search competition; in 2011 he has had a track selected for their Anthem in Black CD that has been made for the 2012 Olympic Games; and very recently he and his band have been selected to support Shihad at their When I Grow Up show; second place in the University of Auckland Songwriter of the Year 2011: Schools Competition; winner of You Play You Win; 3rd in the Wellington finals for SFRQ.