Asiahn is no stranger to the music industry, which is why her accomplishments to date hardly do her justice. Exploding onto the scene with her mean pen game, the Atlanta native has written for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Drake, Lil Wayne… to name a few.
In 2017, the singer-songwriter unleashed her highly-anticipated debut EP Love Train, a refreshing take on love, lust, and everything in between. Beyond the music and Grammy noms, it’s her extremely warm and bubbly personality and soothing aura that does not go unnoticed. Friends and family adore her, while newbies feel like they’ve known her for years.
Trending All Day caught up with Asiahn shortly after the release of Love Train 2 to chat about her most recent EP and favorite influencers to follow.
For those who don’t know, who is Asiahn?
I’m a singer-songwriter. I’ve written for anybody from Dr. Dre to Miley Cyrus. As an artist, I’m making things about my working love life. I hoped everybody would vibe with it, and they do.
Where do you fit in the realm of R&B?
I use other people’s words, because I don’t know how to categorize myself. I’m just me. It’s like contemporary R&B, but still reminds you of that old school R&B. R&B that makes you feel something. I love drums. I love a little trap beat every once and awhile. I like to dabble, I’m like a hybrid.
At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
First Grammy nomination for Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz album. That was it. I had already been writing for a lot of people, already been an artist, but the moment I got my first Grammy nomination, I was like “okay wow, this is what that feels like. Gotcha.”
Congrats on Love Train 2! How are you feeling?
Thank you! I feel great. Love Train 2 is getting received very well. It’s so funny, people are like “oh my gosh, you’re so underrated. How come I’m just now finding you?” I’m like “well I’m not underrated, I’m just underexposed.” Until somebody hears my music. I’m happy about all the exposure and love it’s getting. I definitely feel like it’s a word of mouth album, because it’s been going around. People are just sharing and sharing with everyone.
It’s amazing to see that type of love. It’s not something that can be bought. People can pay for all the promo in the world, but this is people really loving the music, and sharing it a lot. Not taking away from my marketing team, because they are doing their damn thing. George and my team over at Caroline, everyone is doing an amazing job. The rollout has been phenomenal, I’m really excited.
What is it you want fans to get from your story?
Just to be yourself, whatever that means to you. To be optimistic about love. We all go through heartbreak. We all go through tough times in the world in general. Be more loving to yourself and love others, that’s what I really want to get across. Self-healing. Love yourself, be you, and keep it pushing.
I had the pleasure of seeing you perform “NOLA” at Her Music Club. Talk about what that meant to perform in a room full of aspiring women in the industry.
I knew I was performing when Jacqueline Saturn at Caroline asked me. I’m like “okay bet.” When I entered the room, there was so much girl love in there. It’s not often that you’re in a room full of women who are all in the same industry, doing their thing in that industry, and are this supportive of each other. To sing “NOLA” in that setting was kind of ironic, because I’m singing there’s no love in LA, but I felt so much love in that room. They all agree. Outside of that room, when you get out here in those LA streets, it’s rough. It felt really good to be on stage and share my gifts with all these talented, awesome women.
What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
I’m just so grateful and appreciative. I say thanks all the time to everyone around me, I’m sure they’re annoyed of hearing it. I’m very grateful I’m able to do me. I hadn’t had to change anything about myself. I haven’t had to do anything or bend to anybody, especially when their perspective of me is something other than what I actually am. I’m blessed to do what I love and be myself while doing it.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Ha! Well it depends on the day. Today, I went to boxing, because you got to keep it tight. I have interviews and acting later on. I have vocal rehearsal that I have to do. I’m pretty much working all the time. I barely sleep. Every once in a while, I’ll get some time off to just kick it with my friends, but I’m always working. Writing, recording something to improve myself with my goals of the day. Have I learned anything today? Did I do anything to move forward or progress? That’s pretty much every day.
3 things you need in the studio?
Snacks, because I’ll probably be in there for a while and forget to eat. By the time I remember to eat, it’s 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and my head hurts. It’s like “girl, you’ve been here since 2 in the afternoon, what are you doing?” Water, room temperature. And Jack Honey, and Throat Coat Tea. They kind of go together. [laughs]
How important is social media for your career?
It’s very important, because I use it as a branding tool. I use it to connect with my fans. I know a lot of people aren’t as verbal with their fans as I am, but if somebody tells me how much something moved them from my project, I‘m going to respond. I always try to retweet or repost anything from them. I’m just so grateful of the actual support, because they don’t have to do that.
When I put the Love Train EP out, it was just me and Cardiak by ourselves. I only promoted on Instagram and Twitter, and it did very, very well. That was a way for me to see how the people just in general, with no backing, no anything, really fuck with my music. It’s organic. It shows me that the consumers fuck with it, period. Keep going. Social media allows people to put their own music out and do their own thing without needing a major push behind them. Create your own brand, your own movement.
Favorite influencer to follow?
That’s not fair [laughs]. That’s not fair because a lot of my friends are influencers and I can’t pick one over the other. Shit. Shoot I mean, sorry. Can I give more than one?
Okay, so Golden Barbie. Her name is Jasmine Sanders, amazing. Issa Rae, the way her makeup always falls and she’s fucking hilarious. Monicastylemuse, another hilarious beauty influencer. She’s Afro-Latina, I love everything she stands for. I love watching dancers. Aliya Janell, she’s dope af. She’s killing it in heels. And Ayhollywood. That’s a lot of people. [chuckles]
One IG account you can’t live without?
Ooh shoot. Let me look and see… that’s hard. There’s one that shows cats all the time doing cute stuff, I will fall into a deep abyss of watching those. [laughs] Cats falling off of stuff, that shit’s hilarious to me. And little cute babies, I don’t know why. And dancing Instagrams. I don’t follow any gossip sites.
Thank you! Anything else you want to let us know?
Go buy Love Train 2, it’s lit! We out here. Let’s get it to the #1 spot. What’s up!
Written by Shirley Ju