I had the chance to have one of Kenya’s most promising artistes and my hood girl Ashley Scarlette to answer a number of question. The “Catch My Breath” singer is more that what meets the eye, below is the full interview.
Tell us a little bit about who Ashley Scarlette is?
Ashley Scarlette is an 18 year old Kenyan musician and songwriter currently residing in Dubai.
What part of your childhood or upbringing mostly influenced your musical career?
Well, apart from the fact that I did music in high school, my early childhood was musical since my mother was a choir mistress and I would follow her during her practices so i can say it runs in the blood.
You have been to Dubai, UAE? What musical similarities and differences can you point out in relation to local music?
Considering the fact that UAE is a developed country while we still are developing, in my opinion Kenya is coming up strong although we still have a long way to go. Though wherever i am, i still relate with music, that is what matters.
What reception have you gotten from your fans on your single “Hold My Breath” so far?
So far the reception has been warm and very positive,although many are asking for the inspiration behind my song, CATCH MY BREATH, just to clear the air, the song is just a contradiction of what mostly happens in the society, most of the time the male gender is often viewed as the ones who cant seem to settle for one girl or the right girl so as to say. So i wondered what if roles changed and now the female was unable to settle for the right one? And there I was, i began writing a captivating story with a role change.
What would you say is your biggest accomplishment in your music career thus far?
My biggest accomplishment so far is my interaction with people of great mindset who are influential and each step, i keep on learning something new which has given me positive growth in my music career. Plus it gives me joy to just walk in Kisumu streets and hear my song being played in a mixtape. I have also had an opportunity to contact some great producers such as Ricco Beatz and worked alongside Clastar aka Crazy Monkey of SBRS who happens to be among the best in Kisumu.
What two things would you advice upcoming talents to invest more in while pursuing a musical career?
I would urge my fellow artists to invest into majorly building themselves as a brand and try to produce quality music, after all, mtu hujikuna ajipatapo. Someone told me, it doesn’t matter the studio you go to, nor where its situated, well of cause an artist knows what he or she is looking for in a studio but come to think of it, what matters most is what you as a musician can offer and what you really want from your type of music you do for it to be considered worth or as we call it, quality music. So as a musician invest in knowing your music and your audience.
Tell us more about your style of music and the influences behind them?
Hmm, my style of music, well, i am a versatile artiste with a keen ear for beautiful music. I listen to a wide range of music so i collect ideas from the different types and put them into something worth listening through inspiration of things we as humans we relate to, like love.
Apart from music what else does Ashley Scarlette do?
Apart from music, i am a student and a loving daughter and a sibling.
Which Kenyan artiste would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work with Dela, i mean just listen to the great vocal strength she has. Other than her, i would love to work with King Kaka or Otile Brown since their lyrics basically revolves around daily happenings so they are realistic.
What’s in store for your fans this year?
More music is in store,more singles and maybe one or two collaborations.
Final word to anyone doing music?
Push,Push,Push… Each day as an artiste ensure you have done something to add value to your music. That will help in improving your music knowledge.