Asher Monroe whom says vulnerability and emotion drives the authenticity of his music responded this week to Johnny Depp’s disdain for actors who push music careers with their on-camera celebrity. In an interview with Nicole Hanratty for Life of a Rockstar at the brand new stunning and expansive Swing House Studios Atwater location, Asher Monroe chats about his transition from acting to music. Best known for his role in the recent remake of the major motion picture Fame and his roles on network TV shows Parenthood and The Mentalist, Monroe has just released Part 2 of his On My Way EP. With new music featuring Chris Brown, Sean Kingston and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, it’s clear Monore is well on his way yet he says his journey is just beginning.
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Depp is quoted as saying, “The kind of luxury now is, anybody with a certain amount of success, if you have a kind of musical being, you can go out and start a band and capitalize on your work in other areas.” Depp, who was in Australia promoting his new film Mortdecai told Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald he finds it “sickening” adding, “But I hate the idea, ‘Come see me play the guitar because you’ve seen me in 12 movies.’ It shouldn’t be [that way]. You want the people who are listening to the music to only be interested in the music.” [SEE MORE]
Monroe responds to Depp’s sentiments, “Of all the things I’ve done in my whole life, there’s always been a music tie in. So yes, if someone was to say I’ve done a movie, I was also singing in that movie. So for me, music has always been and I don’t think anyone can ever take that away from you.”
Of his new music, Monroe says, “I’m writing my best material in my vulnerable spots.” He tells LOAR he thinks “F*cked Up” is the most emotional song in the “On My Way” Part 2 compilation which is a highlight on the album. “F*cked Up,” featuring Sean Kingston incorporates the Jamaican R&B sound of the hit maker with the tender vulnerable side of Monroe creating a powerful raw ballad. The honest love song is a stellar example of Monroe’s range and an indication that he’s ready to play out his music career with his emotions on his sleeve.
Nicole Hanratty asks Monroe about working with Ryan Tedder on song “Here With You” a track which was on the front wave of electro pop over three years ago. Says Monroe, “Working with someone with Ryan on his caliber, he’s a very forward thinker…you definitely want to be ahead of the curve and of course I think that just comes from working with someone like Ryan.”
Special thanks to Sébastien Hameline (production, camera, editing) and Swing House Studios for hosting Life of a Rockstar.
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By Nicole Hanratty
Posted January 30, 2015