Exclusive Artist Interview: Ashly Thorn

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.


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Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ashly-thorn/1520747149

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/godlust/1312768136

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/dj-sin-virtue/1529506876

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ashesandgoldust/660465879

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ASHESANDGOLDUSTv

SpotifyL https://open.spotify.com/artist/0kZxuJVDZqQJURGPrCVcb2?si=F78moxV1RDiJ45dOA3mApw&nd=1

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7knnP82mt4FUBQpu1cZl5u

https://open.spotify.com/search/dj%20sin%20virtue

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Dl2OL4E0MVWKjEePdj7AM

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Exclusive Artist Review: Sarah Rae – “Poison Ivy” Single

Atlanta-based starlet Sarah Rae is no stranger to the world of music. She’s been mastering her craft since the age of 8 and holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Literature & Music Theory. Known Fowler her very atmospheric and ambient vocal style, Sarah Rae captures the essence of beauty and the art of falling in love with her newest single “Poison Ivy”.

Encompassing a realm of passion and the solace of sensuality, Sarah Rae’s beautiful overtones are made present at the forefront from the very beginning. Combining a cleverly multi layered songwriting structure with an Alt/Indie-Pop sensibility, Sarah utilizes her vocal breaths with long ambient swells and punctually atmospheric textures that hone in on a mid-to-high range melody that soothes the appetite for feel-good energy and passionate projection. The rhythmic tempo is wrapped around a single-picking guitar melody that parallels the vocals in a way that is instrumental and experimental. Both leads compliment each other equally and the effectively placed emotion is targeted at the core of the song and really drives home the originality of Sarah’s vocal style. It’s crafty, brilliant and puts a Pop edge into modern Indie in a way that almost restructures the genre entirely.

This single definitely has staying power – it definitely stays with you long after it’s over and you definitely become enticed to surf through Sarah Rae’s entire discography if you haven’t already. This ambient track encapsulates the true essence of love both with the poetically crafted lyrics, the projection, as well as execution of the vocals entirely in its multi layered and multifaceted approach. It tells a story, it reveals moods and it leaves a feeling inside of you that ignites new passions from familiar fires. You can listen to “Poison Ivy” now on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be glad that you did.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Uncle Brent & The NoStone – “Malibu” Single

Packed full of twangy guitar riffs, a cruising rhythm section and spot on vocal melodies with distinctive harmonies, Uncle Brent’s newest single “Malibu” comes out swinging from all angles aiming to please any Blues-Rock fan that comes into earshot of the catchy tune. Uncle Brent is definitely no ordinary artist, he loves to come up with tunes that are honest, personal, and with a clever focus on storytelling. His music is not just entertainment, but a true example of what it is like to sing and play from the heart. Solo or along with his band, he creates a diverse and passionate sound, tipping the hat off to iconic artists the likes of Tom Petty, The Refreshments, Whiskey Myers, Reckless Kelly, and many others of a similar calibre. Uncle Brent has been active in the Austin, TX scene for over a decade now and still continues to hit the ground running with his eclectic and catchy sound; drawing an insatiable fan base since his inception and continues to do so.

Now with 2021’s Summer months finally here, Uncle Brent & The NoStone have brought us a perfect single to jam to all season long. Accompanied by a dynamically crafty lyric video, “Malibu” is a twangy and rhythmic track that puts a Rock & Roll boost into an eclectic Bluesy approach. Kicking off with a high energy guitar riff, “Malibu” immediately entices the ear with its incredibly catchy chord progressions and rhythmically gratifying drums and bass, leading us into verses that shine a spotlight on Uncle Brent’s mid-to-high range vocal melodies that are well placed and punctually performed. Eventually steering us into a chorus that lays a brilliant foundation to catchiness, blending tastefully integrated harmonies and lead guitar shreds. This is a story-telling song, one that really invests your undivided attention and the pristine production value really rounds out the signature flavor. It’s catchy, it’s crafty and it’s a perfect summer song.

“Malibu” also has something that we don’t see too often in today’s modern music market – staying power. Where the song has the power to stay with you even after it’s over. You’ll be singing this chorus in your head, you’ll be putting it on repeat. Regardless, Uncle Brent has put out a gem, and you’ll hear him shine from the very first listen. Old fans will be surprised, and if you’re a new fan, then I guarantee this’ll be the track to win you over. “Malibu” officially releases on June 18th and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. This one will definitely be your summer anthem.


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