• Hi there, thanks for stopping by.

    My name is Ash and I'm a Melbourne based composer, singer, performer, juggler, artist, shoe enthusiast. 

    My music is indie soul jazz rock musical.  I've just released my second studio album you can listen to here.  I play regularly around Melbourne, sometimes solo and sometimes with ten other people. 

    Remove your shoes and have a listen.



Week #2 – Short story #2

• May 17th, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I'm writing and publishing one short short story per week for a year.  I'm not %100 what the aim is, but it came about while talking shit in the pub and I like the idea of committing to things while under the influence of a beer or two (that was how I gave up smoking 12 years ago). This story came about when I briefly overheard the first line of the story being said by a business type guy into his cell phone.  My wife and I were in the car park of the Kenilworth Castle in the U.K - it was an [read more]

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New short short story writing venture

• May 10th, 2015 • Leave a Comment

So I was chatting with some friends and musing over the best and most effective way to get 'stuff' out there and seen.  After going around and around in circles and being interrupted by some guy in 60s wanting a 'four-way', what we eventually thought might be a cool idea, would be posting a short short story (betweenn 300-500 words) every week.  I could go into the marketing details of peoples attention spans and personalising experiences but just imagine those kinds of things being said.... [read more]

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Album update

• April 24th, 2015 • Leave a Comment

So I've just received the master copy of my next album.  It's very exciting.  I can't decide what to call it though, which troubles me.  Not sure whether to go with the "Ashleigh Southam live at Blah blah etc place" or something a little more poetic.  These are the big decisions that define me - I will not take them lightly.....in fact I think I need a coffee break.... I finally got around to buying the second Bon Iver album.  I need to give it some more attention but my initial thoughts are [read more]

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Sometimes you gotta shake

• February 3rd, 2015 • Leave a Comment

So I got married last year and had an amazing time.  But I came back to realise I didn't have enough work on to pay the bills.  This gave me some anxiety, but then I turned to the musical genius of our times, Taylor Swift and I realised that it would be ok, that all I had to do was shake it off.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljT-AJDwjP4 [read more]

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Escape like trains music video

• August 26th, 2014 • Leave a Comment

    So I had this idea to put some moving images to one of my songs.  It was a rather simple idea that ended up taking up a lot more time than I initially thought.  But that's usually how I start a lot of things, with a sense of naive optimism believing "this will be easy" or "this won't take long."     Anyway, I searched through a whole lot of archival footage on the internet and put together this music video. I'm quite proud considering I don't have much editin [read more]

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Putting it out there

• March 5th, 2014 • Leave a Comment

So in an effort to putting my money where my mouth is, I filmed myself right after to practice to see how I looked/sounded. I teach music and I recommend to all my students that they film themselves if they are interested in performing.  It gives you good indication of what the audience is going to see and it also lets you see/hear all your flaws you might have missed in practice. I feel like it's rather exposing, but also necessary. It's a good way to check how the whole song sounds rath [read more]

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My composition in AGT

• October 30th, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I composed this piece and some very talented people put choreography to it and now it's made it's way on to Australia's Got Talent! If you want to check it out go to the link, scroll down and click on the video "Ministry of Dance Master Mime". Such wonderful work and so pleased and humbled! http://agt.ninemsn.com.au/video/finals [read more]

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New music video!

• May 19th, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The music video is completed!! I couldn't be happier! I've found the project so inspiring and rewarding. Working with the different mediums has made this film clip particularly special to me. I sometimes forget how much I love collaboration and this is a perfect outcome for me. I feel when watching it that is really is a thing that's beautiful in it's honesty. It's sort of beautiful and sad all at once. So without further flaffing on from me, please watch and enjoy: http://vimeo.com/6 [read more]

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Sometimes words aren’t enough to explain the way things are….but they can get pretty darn close…..

• April 3rd, 2013 • Leave a Comment

An amazing quote from Phillip Roth's book American Pastoral. I keep re reading it and thinking about this. It's not really tragic, although it almost feels that way.... “You fight your superficiality, your shallowness, so as to try to come at people without unreal expectations, without an overload of bias or hope or arrogance, as untanklike as you can be, sans cannon and machine guns and steel plating half a foot thick; you come at them unmenacingly on your own ten toes instead of tearing [read more]

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New music video

• January 30th, 2013 • Leave a Comment

So I saw this video recently while following the links on youtube, a sometimes dangerous past time. It's this thing called sideshow alley. This sideshow alley thing is an interesting concept. I really like the idea. There's something I really love about performers on the street, no magic lightening, no sound guy, un mic'd just playing and singing. I've seen it a few times. There's a French out fit that do it. Beruit do a really cool outdoor video as well as Andrew Bird: http://www. [read more]

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