Salt Lake City’s Ashly Thorn, current vocalist of Godlust and ASHESANDGOLDUST as well as the DJ alter ego of DJ SIN VIRTUE, has been highly active in the musical world since 2011 and began hitting the ground running rather quickly. The rising artist put out the debut release “Malicedusa” in 2013 and started to build an insatiable buzz throughout the music market and SLC scene, gigging in the area at several venues and getting involved with bands in the process while creating many crucial industry connections. Influenced by a vast array of artist heavyweights ranging from Yngwie Malmsteen, Tori Amos, Depeche Mode, Type-O-Negative, Hank Williams, Run DMC and a slew of others, Ashly Thorn successfully put together a highly versatile and multifaceted signature style that is distinctive, bold, and shines throughout the artist’s many releases, including his most recent single “After The Garden”, which debuted this year in 2021.
After years of solidifying an undeniable presence with a handful of solid releases and several years of touring, we got a chance to sit down with Ashly Thorn for an exclusive interview detailing the past, present and what the future holds.
•How long have you been active under your current artist name?
Currently I have been working under Godlust since 2018. Only recently have I decided to use my official name Ashly Thorn.
•What music scene/city do you currently represent?
Currently representing Salt Lake City, Utah.
•The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live music experience and for artists altogether. How has it affected you and your career?
It’s put a good couple of years between touring and performances, yet as an artist I find ways to express myself. My career seems to be nudging forward one baby step at a time.
•What are some of your music influences?
I’m a huge 80’s and 90’s fan! David Bowie comes to mind when channeling that care free persona. All artists all genres! Music are the unheard words of everyone. We listen to songs that speak to us and we write songs that say what we normally cannot say.
•What kind of concepts do you tend to write about as an artist? Shine some light on that.
I write about romance. I write about death. I like to project the light at the end of the tunnel through all of my music. Nothing really ends but continues. We as humans shape the timeline and the progress of the outcome.
•When is your next release coming out?
I just released a song “After The Garden.” That can be heard on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.
•What’s in store for you in 2021? Give us the goods.
A more positive me.