How would you describe the sound and style of your music?
My music started off with an acoustic guitar and a beat and now has evolved into an electro – pop – indie – soul explosion. I love creating uplifting music people can dance to and feel good inside you know?
What types of things inspire/influence your music?
My inspiration comes from many random things, like a book I’m reading or a little melody I’m humming. Titles usually come first for me. I have a few thousand in my iphone notes!
Did you always know you wanted to be a musician?
Definitely, I think I had a microphone in my hand when I was still in mum’s belly [sic]. I couldn’t stop singing as a kid and always dress up in costumes and would watch this River Dancing video like every day!
You have an amazing voice, with an impressive range. Do you have, or have you ever had singing lessons, or is it something that you have always been able to do and maintain by yourself?
I recently got singing lessons to look after my voice because I was noticing it was getting a pretty big work out on the road. I had no idea I had a high range until I started doing vocal warm ups. I know my voice pretty well but it still surprises me sometimes!
What advice would you give to young musicians, especially in smaller states such as Tasmania?
Travel a little and find a producer who you really click with. They are the oven to your pie, so very important!
What is your favourite thing about playing live and touring?
Singing to people and feeling fearless. When I sing it makes me feel happy and I feel like my fans get that so it makes them happy too.
Do you have a favourite song to play live?
I have to say Dynamite. It’s such a jam and everyone gets so into it. It get’s [sic] my sass on pretty hard!
What is your favourite thing about playing live in your home state of Tasmania?
It reminds me where I’ve come from and what I can keep improving on. Seeing the same faces is very nostalgic.
What is your relationship like with your fans?
I like to think it’s really strong. They let me be me and that’s really important. I don’t hide a lot. I’m just an op shopping, cat loving, tea drinking gal. I am definitely not perfect and I don’t strive to be.
Do you have any plans for a full-length album anytime soon?
Yes, but who knows how long the process is going to take! You can hear most of the demos on my snapchat these days. I love hearing what people are vibing!
How did you feel when you found out you would be opening for Ellie Goulding on her Australian tour?
It was like crap, when can we rehearse? What am I going to wear!? Breath. Breath…[sic]
If you could meet or play a show with any artist or band, who would it be and why?
I love collaborating with others. I don’t really want to meet my idols. I have done it in the past and just embarrassed myself. Like interrupting Grimes as she was ordering dinner on the street a few weeks ago. I blushed so hard! Would love to do an all girls group thing with Montaigne and East. That could be very cool.
If you could learn to play any musical instrument, what would it be?
Piano! I’m taking lessons at the moment actually. It’s such a beautiful instrument. I just want to be able to rip out an Adele track one day ‘HELOOOOOO FROM THE OTHER SIDE!!!!’
Your Snapchat game is pretty strong! What is your favourite face-altering filter?
Snapchat is where you will find me! I love snapping fans and being a weirdo. Filters always change but my all time favourite would have to be face swap. Guaranteed laughs! It’s so wrong..
What is your favourite thing about Tasmania?
The wild life!
The Republic Bar was bursting with energy on a Friday night in April as Tasmania’s very own pop sensation, Asta, took to the stage for the Hobart leg of her Wild Emotions Tour.
The crowd loosened up to Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody coming through the speakers, as the band members found their places on stage. A fitting song choice, since Asta had covered the song for Triple J’s Like A Version last year.
Asta appeared as the song faded away. Smiling and bubbly, she took hold of her microphone, decorated with a star made of fairy lights, and opened the set with her 2012 hit My Heart Is On Fire.
The set included old and new songs, which highlighted the diversity of her music. Some songs were funky, some pop influenced, some had an 80’s disco vibe and some were smooth, sexy and a little on the darker side.
This mixture of influences makes Asta’s music refreshing. She is creating dance music that is fun, colourful, youthful and so much deeper, both musically and emotionally, than a lot of the dance music on the radio. Asta is a real woman, with a very real and powerful voice.
It is obvious from watching Asta perform that she absolutely loves what she does. It is pretty difficult to take your eyes off her. Her killer dance moves, big smile and constant interaction with the audience creates an amazing and energetic stage presence that only the best live performers can master.
Asta’s impressive voice is really highlighted in her more recent songs. She can seamlessly switch between her smooth and jazzy lower register, to her powerful belt, all the way up to amazing high notes, reminiscent of Mariah Carey, which she showcased during a vocal solo in a hard hitting and broken down remix of Escape. Audience members exchanged looks, astonished at how high these notes were. The fact Asta can pull off the high notes after exerting so much energy singing and dancing shows her immense skills as a vocalist – both recorded and live.
Asta chose the perfect cover for the middle of her set; Sweet Dreams by The Eurythmics. It is great when artists include covers in their sets. It gives the audience a chance to hear how the artist was influenced, and what they enjoy listening to. Not only did Asta’s voice suit the song to a tee, the dark 80’s groove is recognisable throughout her music.
Her 2015 hit Dynamite went off. The crowd jumped, danced and sang at the top of their lungs as an evident sense of joy coursed through them. And just when everyone thought this Tassie girl could not get any cooler, she rapped the second verse, originally performed by Australian rapper, All Day.
Asta’s final song was her latest release Wild Emotions, and as it began she decided to join the audience on the dance floor and dance with everyone. Very similar to Dynamite, the energy of this track is happy and colourful. At this point of the night, no one in the Republic Bar was standing still.
As the final notes were played, something very special happened. Asta looked into the audience and said she did not want to stop. Everyone cheered because it seemed they did not want her to stop either. The guitarist and keyboard player began playing the chords to their acoustic version of Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody, and just like that, the show had a perfectly linked introduction and conclusion.
The audience swayed and sang along; partners, friends and strangers all together. It was not so much about Asta anymore; it was more about a collective sense of love and pure happiness in the room at that very moment that left everyone beaming as the final chords were played.
If the opportunity to see Asta live is ever on the cards, go and see her. You will hear some excellent music, have a dance, a sing, and you will be supporting a very talented Tasmanian who is following her dreams and achieving amazing things. I guarantee you will leave feeling happy and with a smile on your face.