We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashlee White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashlee, how do you think about risk?
“Risks” have honestly been the center of my career. Any new idea comes with it, there’s always a chance that things will not fall through the way you’ve imagined. The key is to embrace risks in creative spaces. It provides you a freedom and it allows you room to love all the sides of your own creative spectrum. Risks are what makes great things, great. I personally took a huge risk in my transition into the musical world. I left a full ride scholarship to pursue music solely. It taught me things I wouldn’t have learned from an institution. It taught me to bet on myself, to take the time to learn my desires and it gave me time to fall and learn how to get back up again. My risks made me resilient.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an Alternative artist. Over this past year I’ve dedicated a lot of time to learn and experimenting with my voice. The thing I am most proud of is that. It’s my ability to create the space to learn myself and continually express myself. That comes with a huge excitement to share all of it with the people who are invested with me. For a long while I was known for my basketball skills and my talents elsewhere. It feels good to take the tools that I learned from other things are make them work in my creative space. It, of course, hasn’t always been easy. Being and independent artist takes a lot of work; but it’s the best work of my life and I get to do it all with some one my best friends. I will be releasing my debut EP this year; with the help of some super amazing people. The biggest lesson I learned along the way is “all you have, is all you need”. So many times we go looking for things to fix us or our situations that are already in front of us or within us. If I could tell the world one thing, it would be to “find it in you”.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my friends came to visit, I would have to take them to a place where there is drinks, good music, and some good vegan food options. I would probably take them to U street in DC. We would club it out, and come back home to some card games and freestyles. That’s how we usually do it!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is going to go to my music manager and friend Jordan Spady. He invested in me early and now we’ve become a great team. We’ve launched a business together, we’ve released a couple songs, we’re building and empire. It amazing to have someone around that is just as passionate about artistry as me and that wants just as equally to be able to help other gets n’tune with their freedom and their capacity.