“Always finish what you start"

We went and met recording artist and musician Salt ashes in Hackney, East London and asked how how she started in the industry and what's the best and worst advice she's ever been given.

So tell us who is Salt ashes? When and how did you get into the music industry?  

I'm a dark-pop London based artist from Brighton trying to make people dance or cry to the music I make. I've always been in music somehow, went to uni to study vocals, performed whenever I could, self taught guitar and piano, so it just naturally happened when I realised I could actually write songs rather than just sing. 

How would you describe your music?  

An article once described me as a Kate Bush + Depeche Mode baby which I love and will definitely take.

As a female what’s the hardest thing to deal with in the industry?  

Always having to evolve and change your look. I think men can get away with maintaining the same look throughout their entire career. Women in the industry are expected to change and deliver something visually new all the time. It's not that I don't love being creative and rising to this challenge but sometimes I just want to be lazy and do a photoshoot in a black hoody... and no, not a cool one, just a standard black hoody.

What’s the best and worst advice you’ve been given? 

The best is "Always finish what you start" - No matter what you do and how you do it, just make sure you finish it. Even if you're shit at something at least you have the achievement of finishing. No one can take that away from you.  The worst is to "Always listen and take advice from A&R's"... pfffttt I mean... We all know that this is rubbish. I'm not trying to say that A&R's don't have good opinions and advice but it is just an opinion and they can be wrong! They're human! I think it's easy to run with people's advice who are in a position of power and to assume that they will always be right. So, listen but then listen to yourself too. Go with your gut. 

You're releasing your second album on November 5th tell us about that and do you have any other exciting projects in the pipeline? 

I'm so excited to get this 2nd album into the world. With the pandemic and everything that's happened in the last couple of years releasing this feels like a pinnacle moment of change, release, freedom in a sense. I think people will be surprised with this album, it's hooky af. I'll be playing some of the album at my album launch gig on November 1st at The Grace in Islington. Tickets are on sale at

Do you think it’s important in this day and age to be signed to a record label?   

I don't think so, no. I have a great relationship with my label though but I constantly hear horror stories of people being signed, not being allowed to do anything and it all going pear shaped so I feel very lucky with mine. I think it's easier to be a completely independent artist these days, especially with social media.

Here at The Hobo Journal we love to travel hence the name, where is your favourite place on the planet and why?  

My favorite place... I have two. Galicia, Spain where one side of my family comes from and The Sanctuary in Thailand. Both places I feel like I can hit the reset button and heal from, hectic London life.


More images below from Danny Woodstock Photographer   

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