A SUCCESSFUL Wigan musician is hard at work preparing his debut release as a solo act.
Ste Ashcroft, who has previously played in bands including SpiderMonkeys and the MaZeratis, is currently putting the finishing touches to his first album since forging his own path, which is likely to be called Let It Go.
The Swinley musician, who plays guitar and bass and sings on the new album, allowed the Wigan Reporter a sneak preview of the album’s draft mixes, which showcase Ste’s love for the bands of the Manchester scene, particularly Oasis, but combines it on several tracks with prominent electric lead guitar work contributed by his former bandmate in the MaZeratis, axeman John Mayers.
The line-up for Let It Go is completed by drummers Josh Buckley, from The Substitutes, and Chris Bissette from Manchester band Glory for an Idol.
Although only one track on the draft album, called Let Me Know, has currently been recorded in acoustic form, Ste says he expects stripped-down unplugged tracks to have a greater role on the finished release after developing his enthusiasm for acoustic music performing live as a solo artist. Ste said: “There’s definitely going to be more acoustic tracks on it and I’m working on a couple at the moment, I like how pure acoustic music is.
“Some of it sounds quite similar to things I’ve written in bands, and I think it’s quite honest music.
“The title track’s about always dreaming of leaving a place, and there’s also songs about modern life and what goes on in this day and age.
“It’s been more time-consuming than playing in bands because I’ve had to arrange all the musicians to listen to the songs and play their parts, but it’s been more interesting and I’ve enjoyed having a bit more control over it as well.”
Ste hopes to self-release the album once it is finished, but says he will also look around for promotion and distribution deals and will not be rushed into putting Let It Go out before he feels it is ready.
He also says he has some ambitious plans as a solo artist and hopes to work with string players to give some of his acoustic material more of an orchestral sound.
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