Conrad Ashton shares modern rock music that is firmly rooted in the classic pop sound. A constant student of music, Conrad keeps a steady focus on designing eloquent lyrics that remain humble and relatable for every song he writes.
Here’s what Conrad had to say when we got a chance to ask him some questions.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“The Who really are the top of that list and I wouldn’t be the guitar player and writer I am without Pete Townshend, The Who showed me what music could be. But music was always on around me in the house whenever my Dad was working Mam always had the cassettes, vinyl and CD’s out I got a lovely blend of music mostly Elvis but all the timeless rock and roll too from Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran and she got me hearing Dire Straits, Big Country, Jimmy Nail, Bryan Adams and even Shania Twain and Cher. Even on most car journeys the music was on but was more my Dads stuff i.e. Glam Rock and The Beatles and The Dave Clark Five. All the above mentioned are still my favourite bands to this day. All them sounds early on getting in my young child brain really has helped me greatly been exposed to music so often and so young was brilliant; a pure education and makes me the musician and performer I am today”.
What has been your best gig?
“It is hard to pick one as I have been blessed so far, but I got to play thinktank in Newcastle before the lockdown great venue and very well organised by Sean and the team who put me on, a good few pals made it down too which is always nice and it was the time my godparents Deb and Ian saw me play live for the first time which meant the world to me as they have done so much for me growing up!”
Can you tell us a bit about your music? E.g. any new singles?
“Aye, so pleased to say my new single ‘Time’ comes out May 22nd and I am really confident in it! I have had the right team around me to make it possible Alex Close has done so much for it my pal since nursery haha he has done the music video, artwork and totally rehashed my website which has never looked better. And Stuart Campbell at blast in Newcastle was marvellous yet again for making my music ideas a reality. There is also an EP I aim to deliver in August”.
Describe your music in 3 words.
“Some would have some beltas for it non repeatable! But I would say fun, passionate and REAL”
(that reads like summit you’d read on fabswingers hahah)
What makes your music stand out?
“To be fair I don’t think I sing like anyone I think my voice can be picked out but musically I am doing everything off my own back. I work 37 hours or so a week to fund what I do. There is no loans, managers, labels nowt. I write everything, I play everything and bank roll everything no help it is all ME. I am proud of that”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“Keep the momentum bang an EP out August and soon as Boris deems it safe Con will take the stage again!”
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“Been a canny lad who wasn’t a total whopper and made people happy (hopefully!)”
Any gig’s coming up?
“I will smash out a live stream or 2 on facebook soon watch this space!”
By Siân Parker