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INTERVIEW: Ashley DeLima

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1. How would you classify your music?

My music is kind of like America. A rich, cultural mix of influences and sounds. It’s different and real. I always  try to bring something original. I want people to listen and think “ah, that’s Ashley.”

2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?  

Bob Marley, Christina Aguilera, Russ, Rihanna, The Neighbourhood. I’m the type of person who likes a little bit of everything. I love modern music but I also listen to a lot of classic rock and a ton of reggae.

3. What do you want fans to take from your music?  

I want them to listen to what I’m trying to say, educate and inspire themselves. I hope that they can relate to what I’m saying and open their minds to relevant things and to other kinds of musical genres. What I mostly want is for them to feel loved and united and spread that because I’m done with hate and I think many people feel that way as well.

4. How’s the music scene in your locale?

I live in Long Branch, NJ where there’s a huge Brazilian community. People listen mostly to Brazilian country music. Everything is infused with a little dance vibe because Brazilians really love to dance! I also live very close to Asbury Park which is known for its musical history and legendary music venues like The Stone Pony and The Wonder Bar.

5. What is your Creative process?  

Mostly I write down what I’m feeling, what I’m thinking about, my fears or my dreams. I’m always carrying a journal. Then when the time is right, I take those notes and turn them into something poetic. I always write in a very organic and honest way. I’m also kind of a creep and like to people watch in restaurants or on the street. I love to study people so that I can understand what they’re going through. I’m a visual thinker ­I always have little movies going on in my mind. Eventually they turn themselves into songs.

6. What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

I haven’t been to that many concerts but I went to a Beyoncé concert and and it was raining throughout most of it. She won my heart when she said “if you’re in the rain I’m in the rain” so maybe hers was the best thanks to that. What I love most about playing live is seeing people feeling what I’m singing and getting emotional over the message of the song. I like to inspire. The attention isn’t bad either!

7. Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

“Stay In America” is my favorite because of what it represents. So many people close to me are in jeopardy of getting deported if the dream act is not passed. I’ve witnessed the fear and the pain this can cause because it’s happened to my own family. I’m fortunate to have dual citizenship but so many people do not. I want to be a voice for those people and help them through their pain. I also really love the sound of the song. I wanted to include hip hop influences and some authentic Brazilian instruments and I love the way it came out.

8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I’ve learned so much! I’ve learned that it’s really hard to get there by yourself. You need people to help you. People who know what they’re doing. I’m fortunate to have a great team of people around me who love and support me. You need to be original and know who you are. Be real. You can’t do it just for the fame. You have to do it for the art. All I’ve ever wanted all my life is just to be able to sing.

9. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

I think Russ. He did it himself and he’s never afraid to speak his mind. He stayed true to himself even when doors were slamming in his face. I admire that.

10. What’s next for you?

I’m going to keep working on writing and recording my EP. I’m also looking forward to doing a lot of live shows in 2018. I’m excited and honored to continue being an advocate for people who want to be heard but feel like they don’t have a voice. I’m gonna keep spreading the love. MORE LOVE PLEASE.

11. If you were going to make an “Ashley Delima” playlist, what would it be and why?   

1. Liability ­ Lorde (I feel like this song is literally me nowadays.)

2. Hard Out Here­ Lily Allen (Such a great feminist song!)

3. Sex Yeah ­ Marina and the Diamonds (This song is a slap in the face to society and I love it.)

4. Mrs. Potato Head ­ Melanie Martinez (Watch the video and you’ll know why.)

5. No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley (He was a rebel who fought for peace, equality and the poor and he’s  one of my biggest inspirations.)

6. Stupid Girls ­ P!nk (Because women rule! Can you sense a theme? ;) )

7. Cyclone ­ Sticky Fingers (This song makes me think poetically and I love the vibe and simplicity.)

8. On My Way ­ Charlie Brown (This song really helped me through the bullying stages of my life.)

9. Warrior ­ Demi Lovato (This song got me through some tough times. So thanks Demi.)

10. All Along Watchtower ­ Jimi Hendrix ­ Because he’s Jimi and that’s enough.)

11. Stay In America ­ Ashley Delima ;)



About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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