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Interview - Miss Machina

Ash Smith is a pop-rock singer-songwriter originally from Dallas, Texas, currently living in Los Angeles. She goes by the stage name Miss Machina. The new single 'Talk' draws inspiration from grunge rock of the 1990s, 80s synth-pop, and 70s disco flair. This specific offering's genre-blend highlights Miss Machina's dynamism as a singer. She takes the production to a new level, bringing an exciting sound inspired by the nostalgic songs she grew up listening to.

The songstress is excited about this release, showcasing her natural ability and personal development in the music business. Miss Machina's collection showcases her creative and free-spirited attitude, and her unparalleled talent enables her to move fluidly between many genres.

We sat down with Miss Machina to discuss her music and much more. Here's what she had to say:

Hey Miss Machina, welcome to FLEX! How are you?

I am so well! Thank you for chatting with me today!

Congratulations on your new single ‘Talk’ - what inspired this particular track?

'Talk' was inspired by a breakup, I know, very original, and never been done before, haha! But I specifically wanted to take the angle of what happens when a relationship ends and all you want to do is point fingers and find a villain to blame for why this is happening. I took this a bit further and was inspired sonically by tracks like “Thriller,” “Somebody’s Watching Me,” and the Stranger Things soundtrack. I really wanted to paint the picture of a protagonist in a scary movie on the run from a psycho killer… except in this situation, the psycho killer is my ex.

And do you have to be in a certain mood to write?

Yes and no, I find that I write all the time. A verse here, a line there. However I like to schedule writing sessions once or twice a week, so I have to write or pull my thoughts together.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing and recording this song was seriously so fun. We wrote the whole thing in a day, even though I’d been carrying the idea for about a year. Then recording was so fun because we got a chance to really make the track a little silly and very campy.

For viewers who don’t know Miss Machina, how would you describe your sound?

I like to say I'm sparkle rock. A little pop, a little rock, a lotta drama. Some of my biggest influences are Queen and ABBA but I also grew up loving grunge rock and pop punk. So somewhere in all that mess is where I exist sonically.

And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren’t writing or recording in the studio?

I am the biggest nerd. If I’m not recording I am probably (definitely) playing video games or Dungeons and Dragons. Recently I’ve been utterly obsessed with Baldur’s Gate 3 (the best of both worlds) and my life is falling apart (in the best way) because of it.

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