Ashnikko is aware of find out how to make an entrance. On the 2020 Brit Awards, we noticed her stroll the pink carpet along with her metres of blue hair carried by two males behind her (“Tonight I’m taking part in Ashnikko Femdom,” she told NME on the time.)
And her entrance at Reading Festival is not any totally different. The genre-splicing artist arrives for her NME interview with an enormous “psychedelic pussy bear” – as she places it – in tow. The large pink animal is adorned with vaginal markings, and Ashnikko explains that she got here up for the concept for her new pal – who additionally seems on stage in her brilliantly chaotic show at Reading Festival’s Lock Up Stage – when she was within the bathe.
Ashnikko, backstage at Studying 2021. Credit score: Simone Joyner/Getty Photographs
“I obtained out of the bathe, I drew it, and right here we’re,” she laughs. “I’m dwelling the dream. After I first noticed them [the bear costumes] come out of the field I used to be like, ‘Wow – what the fuck is life? The simulation is loopy!’”
Ashnikko’s killer Studying Pageant efficiency is without doubt one of the first reveals she’s been capable of play post-pandemic, and these early gigs have been a thrill. “It’s been actually emotional, I obtained off stage at Boardmasters and I simply began crying, simply sobbing… It’s been actually bizarre, however I’m so pleased.”
These new reveals have additionally given the artists the possibility to road-test new music, together with the trap-inflected, pop-punk belter ‘Maggots’. It was written along with her collaborators Oscar Scheller and Tom Slinger, and Ashnikko explains that the tune “is simply me being very aggro, speaking about pussy and cheese string dick.” She additionally reveals that this new tune is a part of early work on her upcoming album – the followup to this January’s stellar ‘Demidevil’ mixtape.
“Album is a extremely loaded phrase,” she provides. I’ve been pushing aside an album for a while now, I known as the final one a mixtape, [but] it was actually an album. However yeah, I’m engaged on it – it’s taking place.”
With reference to the style and elegance of the brand new music, Ashnikko stays pretty tight-lipped, however she does reveal that it seems like “very offended fairy music”. How very Ashnikko.
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