Ashea is back with her long-awaited follow-up single to the incredible 'Whatcha Thinkin', and it's a slice of pop heaven with some incredible passion laced throughout.
We got the chance to put some questions to Ashea to find out just what gets her engine running, who she'd love to collaborate with and much more. Check out what she had to say.
When did you realise you had such a passion for music?
Since I found myself on stage as a chubby two year old dressed in a tutu singing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'! I still have the footage!
How difficult would you say this industry is to break into?
This industry is notoriously difficult to break into, and there´s no clear way on how to do it either, or even where to start. But I think thats what makes it so intriguing. It´s takes time and a lot of effort (along with talent) to get results, but being really passionate about it, you enjoy the journey more!
For those who may not have heard your music just yet, how best would you describe yourself as an artist?
I'm outright pop, I love to dance and make great music!
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your music?
I listen and appreciate all genres of music, most notably in my last single 90´s R&B and dancehall. I tend to look to my favourite artists for inspiration, but, call it a cliche a lot of it depends on how I´m feeling at the time and where the music takes me. I relive a lot of personal experiences too, especially when it comes to dating!
How did you find the response to your debut single 'Whatcha Thinkin'?
The response was really good, especially being the first tune I put out there! The summer clubbers really liked it, and it gave me a lot of incentive to write and release more material. As with most artists I´m always looking to grow, so I really love getting feedback to help me on my journey.
There was a great original concept to the music video for one of your latest tracks 'Let You Go', and it's one you worked with Konstantin Ermakov on. How was that whole experience?
I mentioned to Konstantin that I had in mind a ´retro, high school´ location when writing the track. Konstantin is brilliant to work with, he brings a lot to the table, he´s really creative and a great director, but at the same time, for me it was like hanging out with a friend, so yeah it was cool.
You at one point gained some advice from Kelly Rowland - what did she tell you and how did that impact you going forward?
Me and Kelly spent time together stuffing our faces with burgers and cheesecake, and the biggest thing I learned is, not matter how big you get, you have to keep your ego in check, and Kelly is the perfect example of that - she´s a lovely human being!
If you could choose anybody to collaborate with in the future, who would you choose and why?
Pharrell Williams... no explanation needed!
What should fans and new listeners expect from you in the coming months?
I´m writing a lot of material at the moment and some of them will be features along with my album material, so you can expect to hear a different side of me.