This Event is 16+ at The Mint
Los Angeles, CA
Doors at 7 pm
- Ashlynn Malia - 7:30
Singer/songwriter/artist Ashlynn Malia provides a portal to her inner world through her deeply honest storytelling in the music she creates. She uses songwriting as a way to understand herself and hold a mirror to the subtle inner workings of her mind.
Raised in Los Angeles, Malia was introduced to the entertainment industry at a young age and toured the country for an internationally known kids music group at the age of 12. Before then, she had spent most of her childhood surrounded by musicians, learning to sing and play instruments at her family’s music school. Since then she’s worked as a professional dancer, in music videos for artists such as Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, and has been finding her own voice as an artist herself.
Her debut EP, rather be alone, was released in June 2021. It includes singles such as “desperate" — which can be heard in an episode of The Stand on CBS as well as multiple dance films and movement visuals — “open,” an introspective, cinematic song about the fear of being vulnerable with others and the consequences it may bring, and “Emergency,” a track about wanting but not needing people and being able to prioritize her own peace when it comes to relationships. All of the songs on the EP center around Malia’s personal experiences with social anxiety and human connection of all kinds. “If making those connections means enduring all the overthinking, insecurity, growing pains, abandonment, rejection, questioning of my own self-worth and blurring of my mental vision - then I'd rather be alone where I'm safe from that type of pain”
Malia first started writing the songs for rather be alone at age sixteen, and met her producers Andrew Weitz and Koby Berman a year later, starting the production process that would span over the next two years. She recounts the time spent making the EP, saying “I think we all genuinely enjoyed working together and finding our collective sound. Looking back at the start of this project, we’ve all evolved so much since. We poured our time, energy, hearts, and souls into this body of work and it's extremely personal and special.”