We had the chance to chat with Broadway-influenced soulful singer Ashley Myles about her new single “Tides,” which is off her upcoming debut EP, Tides, coming out on March 25, 2022. Ashley tells us all about the EP, what her creative process consists of, her musical influences and lots more. Check out what she had to say below.
What can you tell us about your upcoming EP?
Ashley Myles (AM): Tides is my debut EP. While I have released singles previously, this is my first album. This EP is about relationships, specifically the conflicts in relationships, whether they be familial, romantic or with ourselves. I really enjoy exploring those complexities. The struggle of love and inevitable loss is a running theme throughout the tracks, though each approached from different angles.
When people listen to your music, what are you hoping they get out of
AM: I hope listeners see a piece of themselves and find the struggles that are discussed in the lyrics to be relatable and honest. The music that I am attracted to is always easy to connect with, and I hope my music falls into that category for the listener.
How would you describe the sound of your music?
AM: I would describe my music as Pop with Soul inflections. I love to hear music with a wide variety of instrumentation and we tried to convey that with the production. I also like to nod to other eras of music in the production and style of the writing. So much of our contemporary music plays off of a sound from other generations and I think that gives depth to a song.
Who would you say are some of your musical influences?
AM: There are so many inspiring songwriters to choose from. A few that immediately come to mind are legends like Carole King, Aretha Franklin, and I also really admire Amy Winehouse.
Did you always know that music was something you wanted to pursue?
AM: Music has been my passion since I was a child. Admittedly, it took some time to find my sound and really put that out into the world, but I always knew this was what I wanted to do with my life. I started my career in musical theatre and eventually that gave way to writing and performing my own music.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
AM: I would say to stay true to your vision and do not allow the inevitable rejections to sway you. That being said, be open enough to take any good advice that comes your way. Finding a great writing partner, producer or team, who understands what you’re trying to create is essential. Music is collaborative and you want the people you’re working with to be supportive of your pursuits.
Can you describe your creative process when you’re writing new music?
AM: I prefer to write with a partner (on this album, that was Rob Kleiner.) I am stronger as a lyricist, so I typically begin with the lyrics or even just one word that strikes me, and then we build from there. For instance, “Bricks” was written from that single word. The writing process is actually my favorite piece of the music making puzzle. You have endless choices to express yourself and while it isn’t always effortless, it is a labor of love.
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