Welcome to “The SetList.”
The SetList is a music podcast hosted by Forth District’s A&R, Adan Bean, and features artists from every part of the musical landscape. The SetList seeks to reveal an artist’s interests, influences, and background in music like no other interview has done before.
On this episode of The SetList, Adán had the opportunity to sit down with Ash.
Who Is ASH…
ASH. is an American dream-Pop artist who is gradually winning the hearts of listeners all over the world. She is a songstress and a writer of both prose and poetry with a unique perspective on love. With her mesmerizing lyrics and enchanting voice, she and her writing partner, Terrence Brown, have created songs and melodies that will live in your heart forever; harkening to sounds of nostalgia all the while remaining fresh and refreshing.
Just named TVONE’s number one artist to look out for in 2017, her two independent releases, The Please Like Me EP and The Perfect EP were so impactful that they amassed features in over 50 publications, including Clash Mag UK, Galore, Saint Heron, Perez Hilton, Blavity, Essence, VIBE, BET, PYNK, and Hello Beautiful, just to name a few.
This success was coupled with numerous requests of the budding star to perform at notable events such as opening for Grammy nominated singer and super producer Ryan Leslie at Atlanta’s CenterStage,The Revival hosted by hit producer Bryan-Michael Cox, and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, just to name a few.
A former vocalist and dancer for artist Janelle Monae, ASH. has a history of notable performances alongside the Grammy nominated singer at The White House, on Good Morning America, on a plethora of late night shows such as Letterman and Fallon, Coachella, Essence Music Fest, SNL, Black Girls Rock, the 18th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, and many many others. That opportunity also landed her the honor of performing on stage with musical icons, Stevie Wonder and the late Prince Rogers Nelson.
In Spring of 2016, ASH. orchestrated her first high school tour allowing her an opportunity to interact with, impact and encourage young lives. In fact, her music is filled with metaphorical references to dream chasing.
In August of 2016, ASH., began her uniquely created, ” THE PLEASE LIKE ME LIVING ROOM TOUR,” where she traveled to Memphis, Nashville, Cleveland, Atlanta and Brooklyn with her band, creating a stage in the living rooms of her most dedicated fans to provide an opportunity for people to experience her live. The tour proved to be highly innovative, packing out the living rooms in each city. In fact, a well known Brooklyn Blog, “Music and Other Drugs,” called the tour, “genius,” and stated that “..the intimate vibe connected the audience to ASH.,…everyone in the room sang along…it shows the impact that her artistry and music has on fans…”
What Is The SetList
The podcast parallels a setlist, so for example:
Sound Check: Introduce the Artist
Opener: Discuss first song the artist has ever recorded or released. / Discuss favorite opening song on an album. (e.g. OutKast “You May Die” or Fiona Apple “Sleep to Dream”)
Crowd Pleaser: Field a question from the audience / Favorite Live Show experience (from the stage or audience)
*What do you think is missing from the current musical landscape?
*How do you approach your music – lyric driven or melody or percussion?
*Who are you listening to these days?
Special Guest/Collaboration: Favorite collaborative work by two or more artist (e.g. Watch the Throne, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell) / Favorite Collab (personal)
Cover: One of your favorite songs to cover / Talk about which artist is your most profound musical influence
Closer: Final Questions / Favorite Final Song on an Album (e.g. D’angelo, “Africa)
Encore: What is coming next for the artist!