INTERVIEW: Salt Ashes

Hi Salt, Welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’m fine thanks. I think “fine” should be the goal with how messed up the UK is right now. But generally, I’m just trying to stay healthy, creative and positive!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single?

‘Cut You With A Kiss’ is a track I co-wrote with Maddox Jones in my bedroom one day last year. It’s a dark, alternative pop song that will make you want to dance and keep you on edge at the same time.

It’s a song about questioning the integrity and sincerity of your ex’s new girlfriend, thinking that they really aren’t good for them and are likely to be hiding their true self.

Louis Souyave produced it as the first track we ever did together. I told him I wanted it to be slightly sinister and that’s what he gave me.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I feel like we’ve all been in a situation where we’ve seen an ex with someone who you didn’t think was good enough for them… whether it’s true or not, right? We never think it’s a jealousy thing but always fact. So, I took that small idea and dramatised it, creating an almost Stanley Kubrick-like unsettling storyline where this girl could be some kind of monster or creature.

Any plans to release any sort of video with the track?

The video will be released alongside the track and I am so excited for people to see it! I directed it and it was inspired by David Lynch, Guy boardin and Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands; so it’s definitely different to any visuals I’ve put out there before.

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote part of the song in my bedroom and I later finished it off when I was in South Korea in my hotel room! I then sent the vocals to Louis Souyave (produced) who came up with some ideas… this was almost a pilot track to see if we were on the same page and could continue working together, which of course we did. We later worked on it together in his studio whilst writing my last EP.

What role does London play in your music?

I’ve lived in London for four years now and I can say it’s changed me for the better. London offers me encouragement to be more confident, space for exploration, countless new experiences and a constant flow of meeting new and interesting people. This all inevitably flows over anatomy songwriting.

With the major reception from your previous work  – did you feel any pressure while putting this together or rather the opposite?

With my last EP I had the complete opposite. I decided to just make the music that I wanted to make and if people didn’t like it then so be it, at least I would know that I stuck to what I liked and could feel proud of it. This time round I’m just appreciative that I still get to make music. The arts industry is really suffering and I know so many people who aren’t able to create and do what they’ve spent their lives working tirelessly for, and it’s heartbreaking. So, really, even if people don’t like it I’m just super super grateful that I can even release music right now.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

New material is well on it’s way! I’ll be working on more music up until Christmas and then plan a release early next year. I’m so excited by the new songs that I’m working with Louis on so I’m already pumped to get them out there.

What else is happening next in Salt Ashes’ world?

Next for me is trying to find more ways to engage with my audience, adapt to the times, perform more online shows and just keep making music. I’ve spent a lot of time writing for other artists too so no doubt there will be more of that. Also, HALLOWEEN. My housemate is obsessed, so no doubt something freaky is going to happen.

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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