Editor’s Note: 19 year old singer/songwriter sensation Ashlynn Malia conversed about mental health and her single “open” with Madness To Creation. In this interview, Ashlynn discusses her formula on being successful on TikTok along with what fans can expect with her upcoming EP entitled “rather be alone”, which will be available on all digital streaming platforms. On Cool Hunting, Ashlynn discussed the following about the single:
Funny enough, I wrote this song when one of my friends took too long to text me back. I always say that songwriting is my time to be a drama queen, since I’m pretty chill and non-confrontational in real life. But I guess that night, that small thing just sent me spiraling, and every other insecurity I had about that relationship came to the surface and filled the temporary silence on the other line. “open” is a song ultimately about fear. Fear of opening up and letting somebody else into your world, and then fear of the consequences that could rise after: judgement, rejection, and abandonment. I’ve spent so long convincing myself that if I let someone get too close to me, the real me (not the me I think they want me to be), then they will lose interest, and it will hurt a lot more to let my truest self face that rejection instead of the metaphorical mask I wear.
Here is Madness To Creation’s take on the single:
Fans will be immediately drawn into her succinct and honest voice, along with the musicianship of the single. You can tell that a lot of thought was put into “open” and there are wonderfully subtle moments that blend in nicely with the track. Ashlynn Malia has a bright future ahead of her, and she is going to go places. Plus, the acoustic guitar sounds so lush with the ambiance to offer a lovely dreamscape of a song.
“rather be alone” was created in a span of two years with producers Andrew Wietz and Koby Berman. Fans can find Ashlynn Malia at the following locations:
Madness To Creation: Take us into the song “open”, what was the most challenging and rewarding aspects about creating that song?
Ashlynn Malia: The most challenging thing about open was definitely the production. My producers and I went through so many different versions of the song, trying to create sounds that fit its intention perfectly. It was a process for sure. But coming out the other end of that process with a song that we loved and resonated with so deeply was extremely rewarding. Writing the lyrics was also super rewarding for me. It was therapeutic – I wrote it about the relationships I had in my life at the time and writing down all of my fears and insecurities and making art out of them was very healing.
Madness To Creation: How much has TikTok helped your career?
Ashlynn Malia: If I’m being honest, I’m not the most consistent when it comes to posting to TikTok haha. I post when inspiration strikes, and I personally can’t manufacture that all the time. I don’t really see myself ever becoming an “influencer” type person on that app or any other social media for that matter. But I just enjoy posting about the things I’m passionate about and people tend to resonate with it. So I guess TikTok is great for helping me find my people. It feels like such a community based app, which I love. I get to connect with complete strangers who feel the same emotions that I do and have the same passions and interests.
Madness To Creation: What can fans expect from the “rather be alone” EP that’s due out this summer?
Ashlynn Malia: They can expect to feel a lot. I got pretty introspective during the songwriting process, and dove into themes that were really prominent in my life at the time. The EP has songs about different relationship dynamics I’ve experienced that led me to overthink and question my self worth. Honestly for me, creating these songs was a means of navigating those relationships. Production-wise, my producers and I experimented a ton. A lot of the sounds you’ll hear on the EP are original. The first snare in “desperate” is a heavily processed recording of me biting a carrot and we used the ticking of a clock that we found in the studio as a pulse for another, unreleased song. We were heavily influenced by folk and R&B.
Madness To Creation: How have you been coping with the Covid-19 pandemic?
Ashlynn Malia: I’ve been incredibly lucky this past year to have stayed healthy and close to family. In the beginning, like everyone else, I found it extremely difficult and missed the old normal. Work was such a big part of my life and I couldn’t do it anymore. I missed being in a crowded room. I missed performing and creating and feeding off of other people’s energy. But during this time I’ve been given the opportunity to step back and observe how much of my pre-covid life I spent living for others. I’m working to change that habit and pour more time and energy into myself. I started creating for the sake of creating and not to people please or meet expectations. lots of personal epiphanies. I’ve changed a lot. I move through life with my own desires and intuition as my guide now and it feels really good.
Madness To Creation: What’s next for Ashlynn Malia?
Ashlynn Malia: More music!! I have another single release lined up as well as an EP release this summer. And as soon as it is safe, I can’t wait to start performing again and connecting with people in person. Nothing beats live music. And of course, I’m still writing. This is only the beginning. I have so many visions that I cannot wait to bring to life!
And there you have it! Check out the lyric video for “Desperate” by Ashlynn Malia below!