Today, we are talking to musician Asher Knight a 22 year old singer and song writer.He is also an inspirational voice for schools all over the UK as he discusses how to battle mental health struggles. I wanted to find out more about the singer, so I caught up with him to find out all about his music, being part of ‘Power Of Muzik’ collective and touring with acts such as Boyzone.
Hello Asher tell us three unknown facts about yourself?
This is always a hard question as I’m such an open book but the first would be I trained as a professional dancer before I started singing.
I love to scuba dive, I haven’t done it in a while sadly though
I am slight book worm, I love to read books primarily non-fiction as I love to learn new things.
How did you get into music?
Accidentally, I got injured while dancing and had to stop, thankfully a teacher at my school forced me in a music lesson at school to sing and from that point onwards I couldn’t imagine doing anything else but music.
I hope I can inspire them to follow their dreams like I was inspired to follow my dream to perform.Asher Knight
Who do you find your inspirations?
My main inspiration is life. I try to live in the moment as much as possible and be inspired by everyone.
Musically I am influenced by people such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Michael Jackson.
Tell us all about your latest single Without Us?
The song for me talks about accepting yourself fully, as you can’t be fully happy if you don’t accept all of yourself.
I am very proud to have released this song, as working with the producers Red Triangle again we were able to make a song that is very vulnerable but also uplifting.
Tell us all about the music video as it feels quite powerful alongside the lyrics.
The music video was so much fun to film!! It was physically exhausting having to run for hours on the shoot day but it reflected the lyrics and how accepting yourself or having a relationship with someone is hard work and can feel like a sprint, hard but rewarding.
How long did it take to write the song as it feels quite powerful?
I think it took around 20 minuets to write the lyrics. We spent a long time chatting before we wrote any lyrics or came up with ideas though first and Red Triangle who produced the track spent long hours making the production. It started off from a beat, that then turned into some guitar and it just carried on building. In the end I was in the studio for the entire day writing and record my vocals but the producers spent a lot longer after fixing things and building the track.
It also feels quite relevant to the time at the moment we are all dealing with in Lockdown as well?
I felt strongly about releasing the track during lockdown, as the great thing about music is it has many meanings and the lyrics can really reflect the need for unity and love during lockdown.
What is your favourite song you have ever written and why?
“Without Us” is my favourite song as I think it’s the most honest song I have written, but if you asked me again next week it will be a different song as it depends on how I am feeling.
How do you go about writing lyrics? What inspires you?
Well I co-write always as I feel more inspired when with others. We usually always start the writing sessions off with a conversation about life and catching up with each other, this might inspire us for a song or what I do often is go to my notes I make on my laptop. My notes are filled with ideas or words that I just can’t get out of my head. As I continue to grow and learn from other writers I feel like every song has a different inspiration a different approach which I love.
What is the most challenging thing when it comes to producing a record?
Being honest!! Honesty is what makes a song good. It can bring up old emotions that you don’t want to think about but it’s always worth it for the song.
You have been on with some great musicians – what have been your favourite shows to date?
I have been so fortunate to have met and opened up for some incredible artists !! My favourite show so far was opening up for Boyzone at Manchester Arena because it’s where I saw my first concert and I remember it so clearly and thinking to myself I wish I could do that one day. Over 10 years later I was on that stage and I some kids around the age I was at my first concert, their parents had brought them and I thought, I hope I can inspire them to follow their dreams like I was inspired to follow my dream to perform.
How do you warm up for a show?
So it take me about an hour to prepare for a show. It starts with vocal warm ups, they take me about 30 minutes or so to do, as the voice is a muscle and need to make sure it’s prepared for a show. I then warm up physically as my shows are high energy physically so I want to make sure my muscles are warm. Then usually on the side of the stage me and my dancers do this crazy counting and shaking routine that one of my dancers introduced me too, it’s so hilarious and just makes me feel relaxed before walking out on stage.
Also let’s talk tour – will there be live shows coming next year?
If all goes to plan YES !!! One of the best parts of being a singer is performing, I am addicted too it so next year will be very busy for me.
You are part of ‘Power Of Muzik’ collective – tell us all about it!
So my mentor CeCe Sammy put together the Power Of Muzik as a way to connect with students to inform them about mental health and other topics. It consists of a lot of different singer and has been amazing being able to visit so many schools due to it.
What is one of your favourite songs to sing live?
This is hard as it changes all the time !! I think recently it has been a cover I do of “We found love” by Rihanna, it’s super cool cover and has a dance break which is always fun.
What is the toughest song to sing live and why?
My song “Step Back” can be really tough !! Vocally the notes are hard and when u combine that with movement it can feel exhausting. I remember performing it the first time while opening for the Vamps and I felt so out of breath, but I have gotten use too it now but I love a good challenge.
Out site also is about improv – in a music sense, what have been some of your favorite improvised melodies that you have created and been able to use in songs and why?
Well when writing one of the first things we do is just improvise a melody vocally. We come up with so many and then decide which, but also on stage or while recording I might go off the original melody and it works so we keep it.
My favourite show so far was opening up for Boyzone at Manchester Arena…Asher Knight
What are your plans for 2020 / 2021?
Carry on release music but also going into schools and talking about mental health and bullying. I don’t know when I will be able to visit schools again or go on tour fully but I will be releasing new music and can’t wait to share it with everyone.
And finally why should people check out your music?
If people love honest, relatable music that is uplifting and that tells a story then check out my music.