LETTERS ARCHIVE

[4 APRIL 2018]

I've been really bad with these. Once upon a time I would write regularly and share thoughts, dreams, frustrations and tribulations, among other things. Sometimes they were poems, sometimes they became songs and sometimes they were just letters to you. Sadly, in this age of incessant noise, celebration of the self and deafening sales pitches, we feel the need to "get to the point" in as few characters as mechanically possible. I get it. Who has time to read an epistle in 2018? In fact, who has time to even read those little captions below the pretty pictures on our favourite social media platforms? Who indeed.

Suffice it to say, it has been a busy few months for me. Firstly, the album I created with Mark Gemini Thwaite (previously of The Mission, Peter Murphy, Tricky etc fame) has been released on Cleopatra Records. The album is called "Gemini Nyte" and the artist is called "MGT". We have released 3 videos for this new venture so far. If you have a moment, you can watch the videos here. The most recent video was for our tribute to the late Scott Weiland. It was a joy singing my favourite song of his with Stone Temple Pilots - the beautiful "Atlanta". Hopefully the love comes through in our little video too.

And then there was the MGT tour with Jyrki69 (of The 69 Eyes). We just finished that a couple of weeks ago. The final show was at the infamous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California and it was wonderful. It was surreal standing on the stage of the venue that has hosted The Doors, Led Zeppelin and so many other legends. As you have probably deduced, the photograph is from that show, taken by the very talented Anabel DFlux. The tour itself was pretty fabulous and a pleasure to work with such accomplished musicians and such lovely people in general. Our live band (MGT) is: Mark Gemini Thwaite on guitar, Rich Vernon (also previously of The Mission) on bass, Jared Shavelson (BoySetsFire) on drums, and yes, me on vocals. Jared joined the band 48 hours before the tour started (it's a long story) and is not only a phenomenal drummer but a phenomenal human being.

So that is the MGT side of what I've been busy with over the last few months. In the interests of brevity (well, almost) I'll save the other projects for the next letter. I would like to mention that some of those poems and songs I referred to are indeed on their way. I haven't retired my other artistic personalities just yet.

Thank you for reading. If you partake in social media, you can find me (reluctantly) on some of those platforms too. I find myself mostly using Instagram these days. It's not quite as painful as some of the others but I'm sure it's just a matter of time...

Lastly, I'm still a huge fan of the "put down the phone and do something in the real world" app. Hopefully our paths will cross there some day. At the very least, I hope my music, or something I've created can make that place a little more magical.

With love

Ashton

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