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Fast Five: Ethan Ash



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I’ve been playing music ever since I was very young: I was given my first guitar when I was 6 years old and played my first gig aged 12.

The only things I’ve ever seriously considered doing were being an officer in the army and flying helicopters, or a lawyer.  Actually, I did tell my parents when I was 5 years old that I wanted to be a paediatrician but that was never happening. Maybe I could be the musical version of Patch Adams!!

How would you describe your music?

Ahhhh…I always struggle with questions like this. My music has been described as ‘acoustic soul infused folk pop’ which I’m comfortable with. But to be honest I just like writing songs, some are really poppy and some are moody or soulful. The best thing is for people to listen and decide for themselves.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

The last few months have been all about writing and recording, playing festivals and shooting a couple of videos. I’ve spent a lot of time working on a new six track EP called Playing By Numbers which will be released on 1st October. I’ve been working with a producer called Lorenzo De Feo and he’s a hard taskmaster…he’s worked really hard producing the EP and made me work just as hard. The result is something we’re both pleased with so I hope people like it.

Although I’ve managed to play some gigs other than festivals while we’ve been busy on the EP I get back to serious gigging from mid-September to promote it: there are a lot of dates in the diary and more to be confirmed. I love playing live, there’s no better feeling than being in front of an audience.

I’ve also been asked to do some co-writing with some nice, talented people so I’m looking forward to that.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Ahh man, that’s a tough one. I mean, I love Stevie Wonder but it’s pretty unrealistic to think I’d ever be able to do that with him. I really like an artist called Jamie Lidell and wouldn’t mind doing music stuff with him but there are so many other artists I’d like to do music stuff with that it’s hard to just pick one.

Why? I respect their music, it’s different and they’re unbelievably talented. Simple really.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Ohh this changes so much. Lately it would probably be Stevie Wonder’s Hotter Than July. The album has got loads of different songs on it, both upbeat and downbeat. It’s just a great album.