Ashley Allen’s short and sweet description on her Facebook page goes a little like this: “Just a girl from New York City. Total Weirdo and totally okay with it.” Sounds perfect! How about a date, Ms. Allen?
While she ponders a location for our future meeting, how about a bit more info on the lil lady? Currently a free agent, Ashley Allen brings a super positive message to her songwriting, a heavy dose of pop sensibility, and a perfect look to bust out into the commercial mainstream market.
Having already conquered many of NYC’s coolest spots and winning over the Aussie’s not too long ago, we hope 2014 is a breakout year for a good-hearted NY’er with the look, drive, and talent to make the Big Apple proud! I got in touch with Ashley via email to talk about her latest release, upcoming performances we should be on the lookout for, and what exactly makes her the loveable weirdo she claims to be.
UPDATED 2/10/14: You can also check out Ashley’s brand new video for “Body Say No, Heart Say Yes” by clicking the link!
G- Hi there and thank you very much for taking the time to speak with Live High Five! Tell us a bit about yourself and your NYC upbringing. Where in the city are you from, and how long have you been playing/writing/recording music?!
A- Hey! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me! So I grew up all over NY really I was transported back and fourth from NYC, Long Island, and Lake George. I was definitely really lucky to get the best of all of what the glorious state of NY has to offer. I grew up on the Upper East Side and music is something I was born into. So really my entire life I have been playing, writing, and recording music.
G- You recently dropped a video for your song “Let’s Go.” Tell us about the track and your thoughts about the shoot… Where’d you find all the kids and school, and how long did it take to complete?
A- Yep! The track “Let’s Go” really is just an anthem that spreads the word that anything is possible! The shoot was so much fun. All of the amazing kids that help make the “Lets Go” video possible were all from around the Philadelphia area. The shoot took 3 days and right after it was done I slept for about 2!
G- Do you currently have, or are you working on, any releases right now? When will you be heading back to the studio or on the road? Anything currently in the works?
A- You better believe it! Actually, next week on Dec 10th my EP will be dropping on iTunes and I couldn’t be more excited! I am constantly writing and recording with hopes that I can get a full-length album out sometime next year. Also, at the end of January I will begin my radio tour, which should be a blast.
G- And how about your first concert? Can you tell us how old you were, where it took place, and why it was or was not important for you?
A- I can’t remember exactly what was my first concert. It was probably James Brown. I was so little I can’t remember if I even realized what was going on. But the first concert that changed my life was definitely when I was Britney Spears at Jones Beach. That concert was so important to me because that was the moment I knew music and performing was what I wanted to do. I must have been 12 or 13.
G- What should your fans, both old and new, expect of the performances when you guys hit the road? What should some of the first time listeners expect to see when you take the stage?
A- Ultimately, they should expect to have fun! (I hope)!
G- 4 albums every fan of you should know about and why. Go!
A- 1. The Used – The Taste Of Ink (because it’s rad)
2. Blink*182 – Enema Of The State (because it’s classic)
3. Britney Spears – Baby One More Time.. (because it’s Britney)
4. Robyn – Body Talk (because she is an amazing song writer)
G- Do you have a favorite song you have ever written? If you could only give 1 song to someone who’d never heard of you before, to try and make a new fan, what song would you give them and why?
A- I love all of my songs because they are my babies. But if I had to choose one song to give to someone who hasn’t heard me before would probably Body Say No, Heart Say Yes, which will be my first single. I’d give them this song because it’s literally impossible to not want to do “the Carlton”, and I’d like to believe it will be stuck in their head for days.
G- Are there any bands or artists that you hope to share a bill with in the future? If you could put together a feasible 3-artist dream bill to be a part of, who would you like to share a stage/tour with in the future?
A- Good and tough question! There are so many amazing artists that it’s hard to choose. Off the top of my head it would probably be Maroon 5, Cobra Starship, and Philip Philips.
G- What is the craziest or most memorable show that you have played to date? Where was it and what was it like?
A- I love being on stage and sharing my music with everyone and every show is memorable in its own way. But if I had to choose it would probably be the show I played at Highline for z100 with Chris Wallace and Basic Vacation. That show was so fun. I would definitely do it again if I could.
G- Lastly, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
A- Well, fellow musicians truth be told, we choose a hard career! There’s going to be ups and there’s going to be downs. Stay true to yourself and never give up. Nothing happens over night but if you can see it and dream it there is no reason why it can’t happen.