Johnny Ashby is a British singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Ashby found a love for music through his Dad’s mixtapes. As a teen he played guitar in various bands and after leaving college, stepped into the session world. Deciding to move to California with nothing but a suitcase full of clothes, a guitar he built himself and dreams of playing the legendary Troubadour, the songwriter dove in head first and has not looked back since. He now has new single out In Bloom and spoke with The Fountain about the track and what he is looking forward to.
TF: You have a debut EP out, what has the reception been like to In Bloom?
It’s been amazing! I really didn’t know what to expect as the style was unlike anything I’d ever done before. Plus the writing process for the record wasn’t what it usually is either. I’m used to writing everything in the same room as the other collaborators but because of Covid everything was done remotely from home. It’s the first time I haven’t worked out of a studio.
TF: How would you sum up the record in one sentence?
I think it’s a road trip record, you need to sit in the car and turn it up loud!
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this EP release?
We’re already working on a follow up release so I’ll be wrapping that up from home. These new songs seem to translate better as singles rather than belonging on an EP all together. There’s a couple of cool B sides too.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
I LOVE the Troubadour in Los Angeles. It’s so intimate but as a performer you’re not restricted to a small stage. And if those walls could speak! I just feel so humbled every time I play there. I’d love to get out and play some outdoor shows when it’s safe to do so, but until then I’ll be writing as much new music as I can!