Always breakfast first. I never miss breakfast. I love to cook, but I usually only get a chance in the mornings and afternoons as I tend to be out of the house more in the evenings. But that’s probably the only consistent thing about my timetable.
My days vary so much. I don’t have an office, or a set place of work. Some days I have a set schedule, and others I make it up as I go along. Some days begin at 6am, Some days don’t end until 6am.
An example might be Monday: get up at 10am, cook breakfast, drive to a rehearsal studio near Crewe where I’ll have an eight-hour session with my band. We might be practising for a festival at the weekend, and for a recording session the following week.
We just grab sandwiches for lunch, and work through the afternoon. In the evening I meet a fellow musician to plan an album release party we have coming up in a couple of months.
Tuesday is a computer day this week. I correspond with my manager and various booking agents about planning tours, media, PR. I book shows, plan rehearsals, speak to my web designer. I do bits of accounting (I LOVE spreadsheets)!
Then, after dinner, I spend a few hours working on a song I’m writing for a young artist at a publishing company in Sweden. We have a Skype interview to discuss the artist’s sound and image, then I get to work – it’s 10pm and they need the first demo by midnight!
I end up spending the whole night working on a few new songs, and go to bed at 4am. I write mainly for myself, but sometimes for other artists too.
Wednesday and Thursday I go to a music industry conference – networking, panels and gigs.
Sometimes I travel to conferences and festivals abroad – Texas, Toronto, New York. But many are here in the UK.
At the weekend I’ll travel to Northern Ireland for a mini-tour of shows. In the morning I have an interview with a regional BBC radio station, and then another at a local station immediately after. I take a quick nap, grab some food, and get ready for the night’s gig in a few hours.
Some months I spend entirely on tour. Others are spent in the studio. Sometimes I don’t see home for weeks. And often I lay about the house for days on end listening to Radio 4 dramas and cooking a whole fortnight’s worth of meals in my pyjamas!
My schedule is all over the place so I have to find my own balance on a day-to-day basis.
I do lots of other things throughout the week that I enjoy; tennis, volleyball, cycling, the theatre, knitting, eating out.
I love writing (I used to be a journalist) and I’m thinking of launching a blog later this year – so keep your eyes peeled!
Although working for myself in a competitive and cut-throat industry is often stressful, I’m so lucky that my colleagues are my friends, and my work is also my play.
Dress: I wear what I like. And always comfortable shoes.
What is the favourite part of your job? Performing in front of a live audience.
What is the least favourite part of your job? Loading in and breaking down gear for a gig. I am not a happy roadie. And changing guitar strings.
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now? A writer, a professor of food history or an interior designer.
How do you relax when you are not working? I cook a lot. I love to try new vegetarian recipes from around the world, and then create my own fusion recipes.
What is your favourite film?: I don’t really watch many films.
What is your favourite book? Probably Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Or anything by David Lodge.
What is your favourite song?: I’m too fickle to answer a question like that.
If a film were made of your life, who would you like to play you? I’d love to say Emma Thompson. But I would need to become a whole lot more elegant and she would need a much funnier accent.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet? 15 minutes of fame will never keep a musician in business, so I hope not! I’ve done some national TV/radio, and played some pretty cool festival stages, but I’d like the think I’m at the bottom with everything to look forward to!
- Name: Ashley Fayth
- Job: Singer/songwriter
- Born: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
- Lives: Chester
- Education: First Class Honours in English and History from Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Family: Unmarried, no children
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