Ashley Xtina makes music for true fans of the art. Her music is thoughtful and inspired; playing like a story to be told. On a personal note; when I listen to her music, it brings back memories of theme songs from shows (basically everything, on the WB) I adored, while growing up. Those songs that hit the spot and got in you in the mood for the adventure, you were about to set off on. Rhythm & Ruffle is thrilled to have her as one of our Featured Artists!
USE ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE HOW MUSIC MAKES YOU FEEL?
Alive. Music makes me feel alive and keeps me alive.
WHAT WOULD BE THE THEME SONG TO A REALITY SHOW FOCUSED ON YOUR LIFE AND WHY?
”Are You Satisfied?” by Marina and the Diamonds. The lyrics tell all. It’s just a badass song about doing what you want, regardless of what people think and just believing in yourself too.
My favorite verse is:
“People like to tell you what you’re gonna be
It’s not my problem if you don’t see what I see
And I do not give a damn if you don’t believe
My problem, it’s my problem
That I never am happy
It’s my problem, it’s my problem
On how fast I will succeed.”
WHICH FEMALE ARTIST HAS INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST AND WHY?
This question is hard for me, because I think I admire different artists for different reasons. But if I had to pick one right now, it would definitely be Sia. I think Sia is a brilliant songwriter as well as singer and performer. I would love for my career to blossom like hers, through writing for other people, while simultaneously establishing a successful solo career. She also has a very admirable way of branding herself. She shows just enough of herself to get people to notice her; but doesn’t use her looks to sell her music. I aspire to do all of that too.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR FELLOW, EMERGING FEMALE MUSICIANS?
Be yourself. Even if you think no one is going to understand you or your music; there is always someone that will.
WHAT ARE YOUR IMMEDIATE MUSIC GOALS?
I’d love to release my album before 2015 ends. After that, who knows?
HOW IS ASHLEY XTINA GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD?
By making music that makes everyone feel it was written for them and about them :). I call it “honest” music. I want to write people’s anthems.
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