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‘The Breakdown’: ASHY Details the Making of Infectious New Pop Song ‘LA Talk’

“It basically just says you’re a basic bitch which is kind of funny,” the Christchurch artist says

Every music artist has, for better or worse, multiple wild stories about the music industry, and ASHY is no different.

The rising Aotearoa popstar captured her own experiences in the industry on her new song “LA Talk”, released last week, but chose to detail it in a humorous light.

“I have many stories about my time in the industry and this song is a culmination of the types of people I’ve met and experiences that I have endured,” she says. “”LA Talk” is a piece of my sense of humour – it’s sometimes best to take things lightly when things start turning into chaos.”

ASHY sat down with Rolling Stone Australia/New Zealand to discuss the making of her new song in more detail on the latest episode of The Breakdown.

Working alongside co-writers Sarena Close and Chris Wethey, ASHY penned the infectious “LA Talk” in her hometown of Christchurch in just one day, before the song was sent to her longtime producer Liam Quinn in Australia to apply the finishing touches.

There are hints of Olivia Rodrigo and Dua Lipa in “LA Talk”, with ASHY’s luscious vocals sliding effortlessly over a lightly funky bassline. “It was really great to get back to the basics of writing this song – the most important part is the lyrics/story and getting that right,” she explains. “I also play electric guitar on this track which references my beginning as an artist, coming from a singer-songwriter background.”

“LA Talk” is the follow-up to ASHY’s 2022 single “Mirror”, a sweet collaboration with fellow New Zealand-based artist Vallé. And the song’s release comes at the ideal time, with ASHY about to head to the US next month as an Official Showcasing Artist at the prestigious SXSW.  She’ll then make “LA Talk” a reality when she travels to the Californian city following her SXSW performance.

ASHY’s “LA Talk” is out now.