Ashley Allen is a vibrant artist that is hard to be ignored. With a catchy, optimistic style, she is generating buzz with her new EP, Body Say No, Heart Say Yes (check out the official video for the single below). The EP, which was released on December 10th, 2013. In a surprisingly crisp twist, Ashley does not come across the same as many other artists in her genre, with a sound that is all her own. She was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions for Planet Stereo!
PS: Thanks for doing the interview. How are you?
AA: I’m great! Thanks for having me!
PS: Your Body Say No, Heart Say Yes EP was just released. What is the best thing about having the material out for the world to hear?
AA: It’s just nice to be able to share my music with everyone. I’ve waited so long for this moment I am happy that it’s finally here!
PS: Do you have a favorite song from the EP?
AA: NO! They are all my babies and I love them all!
PS: Is there a song you notice fans really responding to?
AA: I would probably say “Body Say No, Heart Say Yes” since it is the song that is my first single.
PS: Is there a specific meaning behind Body Say No, Heart Say Yes?
AA: The message being Body Say No, Heart Say Yes is to get up and out and seize the day. No matter how bad or down you may feel you only have one life so you better make it count.
PS: You worked with Cash Cash on the EP. What was it like to collaborate with them?
AA: Well, I’ve known them for so long. We had a lot of fun writing and working together. They definitely made it really easy and I learned a lot from them.
PS: In general, which do you find the best–solo work or collaborations?
AA: I definitely find collaborations to be best. I am a firm believer then two brains are better then one.
PS: You get compared to a lot of other female artists. How do you respond to those comparisons?
AA: I feel honored to even be placed in the same category as other female artists. So I have learned to take them as compliments.
PS: After touring Australia, do you think the crowds are different from the ones you’re used to in America?
AA: For every show that you play the crowd is different. It’s hard to say crowds in America are different from crowds in Australia because it really differs from place to place.
PS: What was it like being in Australia?
AA: It was really awesome. It was definitely top on the list of places I wanted to visit.
PS: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
AA: Still writing music and performing. Hopefully somewhere warm!
PS: If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be and why?
AA: I would tell myself that life is too short to dwell on the past and feel bad for yourself. I would tell myself this because when your in the middle of growing up life can seem so long. You don’t realize how short life is.
For more on Ashley Allen, click HERE.
You can buy Body Say No, Heart Say Yes by clicking HERE.