Shortly after the release of her very first EP One Eighty, Beyond The Stage got the opportunity to chat with up-and-comer pop artist Ashley Kutcher. Going from a nursing student to a full-time artist in a short span of time hasn’t deterred her from releasing numerous singles and her EP. She’s already proving to be a force to be reckoned with.
Beyond The Stage: How did you get started in music?
Ashley Kutcher: My dad was a drummer and my mom got me in piano lessons at a young age. My siblings and I would always play music in the little music studio my dad built in the basement. I feel like at every family gathering we were playing instruments or singing karaoke. When I got older, I started playing local gigs and recording my own music with local DJs.
BTS: Who are some of your musical influences?
AK: Tate McCrae, Hozier, John Mayer, Amy Winehouse, The Band Camino, Noah Kahan, Lennon Stella, Jack Johnson
BTS: What was the inspiration for your latest EP, “One Eighty”?
AK: This EP was inspiring my life completely transitioning in the past year. I was about to put music to the side as a hobby and continue my nursing career. Instead, I ended up signing a record deal and working on my sound as an artist. All of these songs were written during this period of transition.
BTS: Do you have a favorite track from the EP?
AK: “The Night You Left” is my favorite right now. I love the layers and depth of the song. It’s also one of my favorite songs lyrically because I so clearly remember the night I wrote it about.
BTS: How did the writing and recording process unfold for “One Eighty?”
AK: These songs were all written very differently. Some were written by myself during a pandemic, some were written over Zoom, and some were written in my first ever in-person sessions in LA. I love how the project really shows me developing as an artist.
BTS: You dropped a video for “If I Could” — what was the process like for creating it?
AK: I love the video for “If I Could”. I wanted to show the concept of time so the wall projections show countdowns and clocks. “If I Could” is all about time running out.
BTS: What track are you most excited to perform live?
AK: I think “Fake Bitches” will be really fun to play live because of the energy of the song. But I cannot wait to play “Love You From a Distance” as well and have everyone sing the words back to me, that will be an unforgettable moment.
BTS: What is the most important thing you want fans to know about you and/or your music?
AK: How much I appreciate all of their support. I feel like everything I release, my fans always show up. I continue to write because of them.