Slidin’ Thru: Ash Minor

September 16, 2019

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

Ash Minor wants to be the best rockstar in the world, period. With absolutely no limits to what he can do musically, the Australian singer-songwriter has his eyes on being one of the biggest artists in the world. Beyond that, he hopes to unify culture, spearheading a new wave of blending multiple genres into one. Read more..

Having made his appearance on The Four (after saying no three times), Ash demands creative freedom. On that note, he can’t wait to unleash his debut EP titled Conflict of Interest Vol. 1, a hybrid between rock music, urban music, R&B, soul, and blues. Redefining his own genre of rock, the 25-year-old shows zero signs of slowing down.

For those who don’t know, who is Ash Minor?
Ash Minor is an urban rock artist based out of Los Angeles. I’m trying to pave a new way, mix in urban music, rock music, soul, blues, everything in between.

I hear your accent! Talk about being from Australia.
I’m from Brisbane, Australia. I moved here two years ago, kind of just dropped into LA. I didn’t know anyone, I came out here with my guitar trying to make it somehow. Two years later, here I am playing this event with great people and an amazing team. Sometimes, you just gotta test your faith and see what happens.

Did you come here for music?
Yeah. When I came here, I wasn’t getting anywhere in Australia. No one was really showing me love for what I do.. Obviously, the industry’s more poppin’ here. LA’s the place to be, I came here for a couple visits. People took so nicely to what I did, I came here and shit started to move.

Who are your biggest influences?
I pull a lot of inspiration from a lot of older artists. See, I love rock music. I love old school urban like Sam Cook, blues and soul. For me, it’s like “yo where’s one place that every artist in their career has to go through?” LA is the epicenter. Fuck it, let’s go here and see what happens. [chuckles]

Favorite thing about the West Coast?
I love how liberated everyone is creatively. There are no real confines to where I can go, where I can move in my heart. If I want to merge two genres, no one’s going to stop me. There’s no real mental barriers out here. There’s a niche for everyone, it’s fabulous.

At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
When I first came here, I got a gig on Hollywood Blvd. at one of the jazz clubs. I was walking and just the way people reacted to what I did. I spent so many years working on my craft back home and was getting no love, I come out here and people were going crazy. I’m like this is it.

What was the inspiration behind keeping your real name?
Ash Minor is my real name. Who I am is who I am. It’s my identity and I don’t want to change it.

What’s your favorite cover you’ve done?
It’s gotta be “Adorn” when I was on The Four. I really connected with that record, I love Miguel as an artist. I wanted to play that with my electric guitar but we had to find a middle ground. “If you go do this song, you have to do with a piano arrangement.” Which is cool, a bit of creative difference. I really enjoyed that they let me break it down to my own.

What can we expect from you music-wise?
We got my first EP called Conflict of Interest Vol. 1. It’s actually done, we’re in the mixing and mastering process. It’s a hybrid between rock music, urban music, a bit of R&B, soul, blues. It’s like, what’s my modern spin and my digestive interpretation of what rock music is? We’re doing something different, it’s really going to spearhead the new wave. I want to be at the pinnacle of that when it happens.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
There’s a lot more than meets the eye where I come from. It’s not a very high socioeconomic area, there’s not a great deal of opportunity or freedom. I’m out here showing my fans that it doesn’t matter where you come from, there’s no real limitations. So many things should’ve stopped me from being here right now. A lot of kids in Australia have dreams of being an artist and being on the global stage, but the next person says “no you can’t, we don’t want you to.” They try to put a ceiling on you. There’s always going to be a ceiling.

How important is social media for your career?
Social media is cool, but to an extent. With social media, you only can show whatever you want to show. My plan is to be so transparent with my performance and persona when I’m out here that it doesn’t even matter.

Favorite person to follow on IG?
I follow LAFoodJunkie.

Favorite food spot in LA?
I like Nashville chicken. There’s heaps of hot chicken spots, so whenever I’m looking for bomb fire chicken…

Have you tried the Popeyes chicken sandwich?
Popeyes ain’t all that. Even the chicken isn’t fire. I much prefer Chick-fil-A. The Spicy Deluxe Sandwich at Chick-fil-A is pretty good. There’s this place near the studio called Chips N’ Chicks, and it’s Hot Cheeto Chicken. Shit is crazy, I definitely recommend it. If you’re in the area, you should try it.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Wake up, I get up quite early to go through my emails and self-reflection. I smoke cigarettes then I go to the gym.

Smoke then workout?
Shit, everyone’s got a vice right? I’m just being honest. I normally sit on the balcony, smoke, and sip my energy drink at the same time. Kind of wake myself up, breakfast of champions. I get to the studio, get to my first session. Lock in until 6pm or 7pm, then go to the studio house and meet my management. Rock there until 1 in the morning. If we still got some songs left in us, I’ll go find somewhere to perform.

3 things you need in the studio?
Guitar, good vibes, and my engineer.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I don’t think there ever is a world where I wouldn’t be doing music in some kind of way. I’ll always do music, but I really enjoy visual design too.

What does it mean to perform here at The Basement series today?
Performing here means a lot. We worked very hard to try and get these opportunities coming our way. This project alone has taken 8 months of work from the whole team, every single day. A lot of grind. My producer, my engineer, we’ve been working 12 to 16 hours a day. To have the opportunity to get up here and perform, vibe, jam, just show out for my country and peoples, it means a lot to me.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself touring the globe for the 10th time. [chuckles] I hope.

Anything else you want to let us know?
I love you guys, thank you so much for the support. I really hope you embrace the music we’re about to give you. It’s my most fragile, honest body of work and has a big place in my heart. It’s my first body of work so I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I loved creating it. Hope you guys can rock with me on this new wave I really hope to start.


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