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    An Interview with Ashe

    Written by Filippa Gustafsson by Sandra Myhrberg

    The ‘Moral of the Story’ singer, Ashe, is turning the page to another chapter of her story to mark the beginning of a new era. This fall, our anticipation will reach its peak as she releases her second album “Rae” via Mom + Pop Music, with early singles “Another Man’s Jeans,” “Hope You’re Not Happy” and “Angry Woman” at the front line. But before the ongoing Is It Me Or Is It Hot Tour, the rising star says that she has had time to shoot two music videos in the break home, visited with her mother for some understandably extremely needed rest and went to Nashville to hang with friends before the tour started. I got the chance to interview the singer and lyricist who is still, like the rest of us, figuring out how to balance work with life, and she tells me she’s learning when to rest and when to just be a person outside of tour.

    What has your writing process looked like for your upcoming album “Rae” in comparison to your last album “Ashlyn”?
    “A good portion of the album was written at a cabin in the woods in Big Bear which I think helped us get out of our normal process. This album was written at a time that I’ve never been more confident or felt sexier, so the writing is far more fun and ambitious, I would say. We just had fun with it, whereas I think I was a bit more ~serious~ writing ‘Ashlyn.’”

    Has creativity always been your biggest motivator? Has it taken form in other areas than writing and music?
    “I find creativity in gardening as well. I’m an earth sign and getting my hands in some dirt is my happy place. I also love to paint and find some solace in journal writing which expands my creativity as well.”

    In what ways would you say your experiences/background has formed your songwriting and music? Could you imagine a scenario where your music would have a totally different sound?
    “I used to be incredibly into Jazz, especially when I went to Berklee. Ella Fitzgerald, old school, warm charming Jazz and then John Coltrane, moody, more heady Jazz and I think there was a time I thought I was going to make a marriage of that kind of music. I think Carole King and Brian Wilson’s influence on my writing is how I got here, where I’m at making music now.”

    On your last album, you had quite big names featured, such as FINNEAS and Niall Horan. Could you perhaps reveal/offer us some insight into some of your eventual upcoming features? And how would you say your writing process changes when you have to balance your thoughts and ideas with someone else’s?
    “I’m so lucky to have worked with people I love so much!! There may be a featuring artist on my album and I can say, it will break your heart in two. My idol doesn’t even begin to cut it. I’m living in a constant state of ‘pinch me.’”

    You have released a lot of songs these past few years, what’s your strategy when you reach a writing-slump? What’s your go to source of inspiration, and has it always come from the same place or has that varied?
    “I’ve gotten to the point where I just don’t force it if I’m not feeling inspired. Inspiration has to come naturally I feel. I’ll know it’s time to write when I start feeling that itch again and I’m feeling it hard right now.” The video for ‘Angry Woman’ was released recently, to what degree are you involved in the creation of your music videos? Is it important for you that the video itself conveys the same kind of storytelling that your lyrics does? “I come up with the concepts for all of my music videos. I think it’s such an extension of our art, it’s important as the artist to have a deep, unwavering hand in that. I knew I wanted to really pay tribute to Yoko Ono’s cut piece and make my own statement of the way the world views the female body. Hits now more than ever.”

    Your lyrics are vulnerable and poetic, but also radiates a level of confidence. How would you say you have evolved as a person since your breakthrough?
    “I just question myself less. I think I’ve gotten to a point where I’ve come to believe that the music I need to write is exactly what my audience needs to hear. At least, I hope so.” In drawing things to a close I questioned Ashe about some of her go-to songs. A song she plays that always makes her cry, always brings a smile to her face and always makes her want to dance.
    “Always makes me cry: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
    Always brings a smile to my face: Chocolate - 1975
    Always makes me want to dance: Halfway Up - The Brook & The Bluff”

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  • Hospitalet Stockholm

    Written by Qim Claesson by Qim Claesson

    Initiated by Sweden’s King Gustav Vasa during the 1500s, who saw a need to construct a place to hide the outcasts of society. Create a storehouse for lunatics and the insane, or perhaps a final home to a few old people lucky enough to afford it. This was the beginning of the asylum later called Danvikens Hospital, but it took almost 200 years, all the way up until the early 1700s before the structure that we still see toady was finished and ready to house patients. One can only imagine what took place behind the walls of this asylum. We all know the methods used to treat mental health way back when wasn’t always of the most humane sort.

    It’s safe to say that Danvikens Hospital has gone through a huge transformation during the years.
    Most notably from a dilapidated and deteriorating shell of its former glory (after being left empty for the most part of recent years) up until 2020 when Gullringsbo Fastigheter acquired the property with a mission to save the landmark and transform it into a haven for all and every art enthusiasts there is.

    The mission was tasked upon two fervent art lovers: Erika Hellman, art collector and curator of Gullringsbo Konstsamling and the multifaceted Gallerist Carl Kostyál, known for his long and successful career in the art world. Together they have created a space that today houses some of our times most brilliant and interesting artists and their art. A space for the public to enjoy what the earlier patients during the asylum’s heydays only could dream of. A space they today call Hospitalet Stockholm.

    Currently on display until the 17 of July is a parallell exhibition featuring two very unique artists. Marcus Brutus - ”AT THE RENDEZ-VOUS OF VICTORY” and David Risley - ”THE WATER OR THE WAVE?”

    To get to Hospitalet Stockholm which is located right by the water at Danviken you can either take a short trip by boat from Nybrokajen (which will drop you off practically right outside the main entrance) or by bus or Saltsjöbanan from Slussen.

    Hospitalet Stockholm is open Thursdays and Fridays 12:00-18:00 and Saturdays and Sundays 12:00-16:00

    Upcoming exhibitions:

    23 August - Felix Treadwell & Rugiyatou Jallow
    22 September - Alex Israel
    14 October - Gina Beavers & Hilde Retzlaff 
    17 November - Ana Benaroya & Sam Jablon

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