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Ashley Edwards



Growing up in Papamoa Beach/Mt Maunganui, Ash has gained life experience working in a variety of fields which include the wine and superyacht industries. Ash learned important skills that have helped him as a musician and aspiring producer. Attention to detail, work ethic and a strong resilience to push through when things get tough. As a musician, Ash has dabbled in guitar, bass, keys and synths. Currently a member of Matty and the Buxtones, Ash covers bass duties but has also filled in on keys and synths when needed. Ash’s post-college education includes viticulture and printing apprenticeships, an Intro to Contemporary Music (S.I.T), RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and most recently, a Bachelor of Music Production (SAE) completed in 2023. In February 2024, Ash started working as a Jnr AV Technician at The Production Co in Auckland where they provide end-to-end solutions from design and planning, through to supply, installation and operation of sound, lighting, video, staging and dressing equipment.


What or who inspired you to start making music?

I first picked up the guitar when I was 9 years old. My childhood friend at the time started playing the guitar and I thought it was cool so I wanted to do it as well. Funny how competitive kids can be!


What did you enjoy most about your time at SAE?

I enjoyed working on my projects, solo and group. I also enjoyed coming in every day and attending classes with the tutors and guest speakers and interacting with them and the other students. Student hours are also a breeze so I enjoyed that while it lasted.


What have the highlights of your career been so far?

I’ve played music in bands for years but my “career” has only really just begun. Other than playing gigs at venues and festivals around NZ , the highlight so far has been taking part in the Six60 Grassroots tour as a crew member.


Who’s someone you would love to work with?

Tough question. I’m happy to work with anyone that I can learn from. I’m a big fan of Fat Freddy’s Drop and Chromeo, so would jump at the chance to work alongside them if there was ever an opportunity.


What advice would you give someone looking to get into a career in music?

It’s a long road so be patient. It’s all too easy to give up on things when they don’t happen for you straight away. Keep at it, enjoy the journey, make contacts, build relationships and have fun.