Earlier this month, Asher Knight released his latest single Burn, having already released his first single of 2021, Alone, in February, which saw him perform on CBBC Saturday Mash-Up. Having previously supported a number of music artists on tour before the pandemic, Asher is hoping to get back to live shows as soon as he is able to and he is currently writing new music for future releases. Asher answers our questions about his latest single Burn, performing his first single of 2021 on Saturday Mash-Up and what he’s looking forward to most for getting back to live shows.
Can you tell us about your most recent single Burn and who do you think it will appeal to?
Burn is all about a toxic relationship that felt great in the moment but after you realise all the pain you have gone through. Lots of people end up in situations where things are not what they seem and turn out to be toxic.
How long were you working on the single and did it change over time?
I spent a day in the studio discussing with the other writers about toxic relationships that we have been through or seen others go through, then we started writing which was very smooth and easy. Then, a month later I was in the studio recording the vocals. The song didn’t change too much over that time, if anything, we felt strongly more about what we had written and how we felt about those memories that we wanted to just burn.
What was it like seeing the response to your first single of 2021, Alone, which you released in February?
Amazing!! It’s always scary releasing music in some way as you never know what the response will be, but a lot of people related to the song especially after such a long time of people being isolated.
How did you find the experience performing on Saturday Mash-Up?
My first performance in over a year so I was very nervous. It was amazing though as all the crew and presenters were very friendly which made me feel at ease.
What has it been like working on and releasing music during the pandemic?
Working on music has been great, I have had time to think about things clearly without a million different things going on which is great. Releasing music was different as usually I release a song and then I perform the song while on tour, but this time I didn’t do any live performances which was very odd for me.
Did you always know you wanted a career as a music artist and how did you start?
Growing up I never wanted to get into music at all, it was more accidental. I was doing dance and acting, then eventually got forced into singing by one of my teachers which changed everything for me. The only thing I know I wanted to do growing up was to perform but didn’t expect it to be this way, but it’s turned out for the best as I love it more than anything.
What is your songwriting process and what do you enjoy most about being a singer-songwriter?
I love to write with other songwriters, I find it helps the song more than if I wrote the song just by myself. Usually all of us talk about ideas we have had and then experiment with different tracks and then it just starts happening line by line.
You’ve supported a number of artists on their tours, how did you find the experience?
Opening up for known artists is incredible. I never thought in a million years I would do it. It’s also a great time to learn from them as they are supportive and give great advice. I can’t wait to get back into touring.
What are you looking forward to most for getting back to live shows and do you have any planned as yet?
Mainly I am looking forward to just performing in front of an audience and having a great time. Touring has so many fun bits too, from the backstage jokes to seeing different places and meeting so many people. I don’t know what’s on the cards for live shows yet but when touring is back then I will be on the road for sure.
Do you have any favourite artists to listen to at the moment?
I have so many!! I listen to all different kinds of music from all around the world but mainly I listen to pop music like Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and many others. It all depends on how I am feeling to what I listen too mainly.
How do you like to spend your time away from music?
I learned it’s important to spend some time away from music as it helps clear your mind. I love to go to the gym as it makes me feel good and also helps me focus lots, I also like to read and hang out with friends.
Are you currently working on future releases and what are you hoping 2021 brings for your career?
I am constantly working on the next release or the next tour, I can’t help writing down and planning different ideas so when I truly do start the next project I am prepared and ready. The only thing I am hoping for in 2021 is really being able to carry on writing music that’s relatable, potentially going on tour and just trying to be the best I can be.
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