Following a stellar start to 2019 with the release of her debut EP Hold Yourself Together, Asha Jefferies returns with her tender new single, Bad Kisser. September and October will see the Brisbane singer-songwriter embark on a string of tour dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, plus a special performance at Brisbane Festival in support of renowned Canadian artist City & Colour. Bad Kisser also signifies a new direction for Jefferies, as she continues to draw on life experience with a fresh perspective. Asha answers a few questions for Hi Fi Way about the single.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Bad Kisser?
It’s probably been the most influential year of my life to date. I’ve learnt a lot about my priorities, I’ve been away a lot touring with artists I love and finding out what makes a good kiss.
What is the story behind Bad Kisser?
It’s a story about a very short festival love affair I experienced in the summer time involving longing, lust, intoxication & an ultra rude insult.
What makes a good kisser?
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought
The creation of Bad Kisser was incredibly smooth sailing. I played it at every live show for about six months & tested it a lot. In June I booked a plane ticket to Sydney the afternoon of hearing that Chris (Collins) had some days free to record. We took a dive sonically and created this super dramatic arrangement for it!
Sonically, how would describe your music?
At the moment it’s evolving into this ballroom folk world.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Aldous Harding is a HUGE idol of mine. Her class and grace and boldness is so unique and exhilarating.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
You’ve gotta be a friend to have a friend!
Is it a challenge pulling together an EP that best represents you now?
I think in order for the next body of work (EP/album) to best reflect me, I’ll have to let it happen. The challenge will be in almost letting myself create it instead of controlling the project. You gotta let yourself fall into your art a bit.
Has music always been a passion for you?
Yep! I was always pretty sure I wanted it to be incorporated into my life no matter what!
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
I’d love to tour overseas – especially in the UK! I’ve been dreaming about it for a long time & seems like a place where folk artists are drawn to!
What’s next for Asha?
Playing a bunch of shows touring the new single in Sept/Oct in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane! And then writing and recording galore.
Interview By Rob Lyon
Catch Asha Jefferies on the following dates…