Singer-songwriter talks about her new song, inspirations, and reactions to her music
Northern California-born singer-songwriter Ashlyn Miller, aka Ashe, released her debut single, “Used To It”, this last summer. The electro-pop track has already amassed over one million Spotify streams, charted at #1 on the Spotify Global 50, and hit #1 on Hype Machine seven times.
The 24 year-old Berklee College of Music graduate hast spent the past year collaborating with a variety of artists, including Louis the Child, Whethan, Shaun Frank, and Ben Phipps. Now she has released her new song “Girl Who Cried Wolf”, which is certain to once again climb toward the top of the charts.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Ashe to discuss her new song, what inspired her musical journey, and trying to stay in the present.
Hello – Please introduce yourself.
Where are you right now?
Heyyy, I’m Ashe and I’m on the road, on my way to Columbus, OH right now on tour!
How do you describe your music to new friends?
Working on my first album right now with a bunch of my friends and killer producers, Imad Royal, Roget Chahayed (D.R.A.M’s “Broccoli”; Halsey’s “Bad At Love”), Freddy Kennett from Louis the Child. Also, Dan Nigro who was the lead singer from As Tall As Lions who is a total gem as well.
It’s about a lot of things, but mostly the human experience. I’m recording almost all of the songs in Hollywood. I usually describe the new music as a trip down the rabbit hole with me.
Other than Ashe, what should your hometown be known for?
Haha, the San Jose sharks, no doubt.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you (and that your relationship with it/them). Can we see a photo?
I’m on a bunk across from Whethan who is still sleeping (at 1pm haha) on the tour bus.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
I get this question a lot and I wish there was a more specific moment, but I think the second I decided to apply to Berklee college of music, everything changed. I didn’t know what I wanted to do in music, it just felt like the only thing right in my life.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
There’s no ceiling to what you can accomplish. Stay true to your art and work harder than anyone else.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Ooo probably Carole King and James Taylor. I would just sit there listening to their incredible stories and mayyybee they’d write a song with me. Holy smokes that’d be amazing.
What song best sums up your life right now?
“One More Cup of Coffee” by Bob Dylan
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
When fans sing the words back to me on stage. It’s the most surreal feeling.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
Umm, you know, I try not to look too far ahead. Right now I’m just looking at the next right step which is releasing my next single “Girl Who Cried Wolf” which comes out November 10! Things really change too much too often to set crazy expectations. I’ll still be writing and performing but I wanna be surprised by what’s coming down the rabbit hole.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Just trying to remain present and to continue working my ass off. As cliche as it is, life is short and I want to soak up all of it.
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