“I felt I had developed the requisite skills and perspective to make my own art on my own terms in relative sanity,” says Hopkins. He worked a projectionist and pizza guy before landing a job on an organic farm. Over the last two years, he recorded a six-song EP titled Collection and a 10-song album titled Reboot, which was officially released last month.
“Reboot was produced in makeshift studios and closets, from Nashville to Charleston, with the help of a few friends,” Hopkins says. Most of the instruments on the album were performed by Hopkins himself. “There’s a difference between this album and the collections I made before,” he adds. “There’s also a difference between my life now and my life before I ever put in an eight-hour day on a farm. I’m not sure exactly how to say what that difference is, but I hear it when I listen to the record.”
Check out the music at ashleyhopkins.bandcamp.com.