Q&A With Ivy Ash
Mar. 26, 2021
‘Congrats on your music funding from Arts Council England. Can you tell us a little more about your experience?’
Sure. I received the Arts Council England ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ fund to use this year (on the creation of songs and a music video). I’m spending two days a week working on my own practice, trying out new techniques, learning production and writing new material. I also received funding from Help Musicians UK to attend a Norwegian Songwriting Camp but unfortunately I couldn’t go due to travel restrictions. As an alternative, I’m making use of that fund by working with the Norwegian Songwriting Camp online, but I’m still aiming to travel to Norway at some point this year.
What first got you into music?
I’ve always had a passion for music. I used to sing around the house as a little kid and make up my own music video routines. I got into music seriously when I hit my teenage years, I guess it was a good way of expressing myself! I then discovered the joy of writing my own songs in 2018 and I’ve never looked back!
What is your creative process like?
It depends on a lot of things - what mood I’m in, where I am, if I’m collaborating with others. I usually come up with random ideas and quickly record them into my voice notes; the song then develops from that until it becomes fully finished and ready to go.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I love them both, but studio wins for me right now. Since Covid-19 and lockdown, I’ve made the most of enjoying my time in my home studio being creative. When I say home studio, I mean a spare room with a few bits of equipment in. You really can make music anywhere! It would be nice to return to live performances soon though.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Yes! It took me years to get a handle on it and I’m still learning now. Anxiety (in general) can be an everyday struggle sometimes, it’s really important to recognise when you need extra support. The one positive thing of 2020, and the many lockdowns, is that it got us all talking about mental health and anxiety. These aren’t taboo subjects, many people deal with them, so it shouldn’t be hush hush! Let’s talk more.
How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?
In today’s world, you can access anything in a matter of seconds. It’s crazy how far things have come. I am thankful for the capabilities we have. At the same time, it can be overwhelming because there is so much to keep up with.
What’s next for you?
I’ve got many more releases to come this year so watch this space. I’ve also just received music funding from Arts Council England so that’s helping me to stay creative.