Pop singer Mason Ashley talks single "Paper Planes", shooting inside an old mansion, and advice for aspiring singers
By: Daniel Hoyos| PHOTOS COURTESY Travis Reinke
- Los Angeles, California
Pop singer Mason Ashley talks about her latest single "Paper Planes", and shooting inside an old mansion for her latest music video. Mason also raps about giving us professional advice for up and coming singers looking to break into the business.
You grow-up in Magnolia, Texas with music in your blood since childhood. Can you tell us how you first go started singing professionally?
I started performing when I was 12 after doing a songwriter camp and I have performed ever since. I fell in love with the way it felt when the lights came on and when I would look out and see a stranger so drawn into what I was singing about that I felt a connection to them. It's a powerful thing.
Your latest single "Paper Planes" is out now! How did you come-up with the lyrical content for that song?
I really wanted to write a song that summed up the beautiful, tragic chaos of relationships. I met someone that I thought at the time was kind of bad news and I wrote the song the day after I met him almost like I was predicting how the relationship would go.
Your new EP has a soulful feel to it, but mixed with upbeat lyrics. To what extent were you involved in the production of your upcoming EP?
I was lucky enough to get to be a big part of the production side of things. My producer let me help mix the tracks, pick my vocal tracks and be a part of the editing. I learned so much about music production and music in general through working on the album.
We often talk with young musicians/singers who are interested in a professional career. What advice would you give them?
My advice for young singer/songwriter/musicians is to write everything. Live in a constant state of writing. When I was younger, I would just be writing songs in my head all day no matter where I was. Just use music as a way to express yourself not only to other people, but also to figure yourself out. Music is one of the most powerful things in the world and to be a part of that is an honor.
Your vocals are just spectacular on Paper Planes from the first note. Do you have a vocal couch or did you take singing lessons?
Thank you so much! I did have a vocal coach through the recording process and took a lesson every once in a while just to refresh my technique.
The music video for Paper Planes has such a simple yet, unique look inside that old mansion. Can you give us any behind the scenes stories of shooting the video?
The shooting process for that video was really a BLAST. One funny story I remember is on the last day of filming we lost the key to lock up the old building we were filming in. We searched all three stories of the building for what felt like forever and eventually found the keys in a super obvious place right by the door.
Lastly are you planning on going out on tour? How do you prepare for a live show?
I have no plans for going on tour at the moment but I would love to in the future. My live show preparation usually includes lots of coffee and my "Pre-Show Pump Up Playlist"...which includes everything from Drake to John Mayer.
Visit Mason Ashley's official website to purchase her music.