JULIETTE ASHBY

 

How did you start?

I’ve always sang and written music. I wrote my first song.A country song when I was 7 years old on holiday! I recorded for the first time with my best friend when we were 9 or 10years old as a rap duo called Sweet & Sour …

Where are you based?

North London UK.

Please give an example of your music writing process?

I write a lyric idea or a melody idea then take it into the studio to work with one of my producers and we build the track around that. Or we go through some music till I find something that grabs me to write to it.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently promoting my latest reggae album “BUILD UP THE STRONG” I’ve just started a small UK tour that finishes in October. Meanwhile I’ve already nearly finished writing my next album. Which is all live and more RnB based. I’m really excited for it.

What is your gear setup?

I have a 9 piece band who I love and I’m blessed to work with such talented musicians. I also perform a lot with just myself and my guitarist. He’s my right hand man.

What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?

Outside music …. music is really my life… I’m always working with a project/ or writing for other artists/tv so really I don’t do much other than music… I love being with my family as time and life is very precious… and short..

How would you describe your music genre?

Its Rnb/Reggae/ with a lot of country and soul influences.

Do you know any music theory?

I know a bit from when I studied as a child….but no testing me please !

What are your plans for the future?

To always write…. album after album…project after project… My production company SoulShack Productions have a lot of very exciting things in the pipeline as well.. its just finding the time to juggle it all. I also follow my fathers footsteps in supporting Mental Health … so there will be things in the future coming up that are there to help support anyone with mental health difficulty…. which of course will involve the power of music.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I listen to old music like James Taylor…. Beers Hammond… I love all music…. I’ve been listening a lot to Manu Chao… Lil mo…Fantasia. I’m not really up to date with current music…

Who are your top 5 influences and icons?

Bonnie Rait / Bob Marley / Erykah Badu / Lil MO /  Stevie Wonder.

When are you playing next?

My next London date is this Friday 9th at Rich Mix.

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