08 Apr Ashworth x Venice Beach_Do Not Friday Mix 036
ASHWORTH ( Needwant / London )
Joe Ashworth works hard and fast, and because of this, his bio is usually out of date.
He spends his days producing and engineering, whilst creating sound art and scoring music for film. From meticulously crafting milliseconds of audio, to playing marathon DJ sets in clubs across Europe and beyond, it is this variety of experiences and stimuli that enriches his work.
Making the decision in 2012 to record and DJ under the name ‘Ashworth’ gave Joe a chance to really consider how he wants to develop, and a few years of relentless music-making has resulted in a sound that has the gritty honesty of techno, with an experimental edge to feed the geek inside of him.
2013 saw the start of Ashworth’s rise to becoming a prolific new name in electronic music, with his first two releases gaining support from Laurent Garnier, DJ T, Josh Wink, Dixon and Maya Jane Coles. Following this, Ashworth released a collaboration EP with Citizen, one of the biggest rising stars in house music, on Waze and Odyssey’s Street Tracks imprint, championed by Pete Tong on his Radio 1 show.
2014 kicked off with a collaboration with Kiwi climbing well inside juno’s top 20 download chart, followed by an 8/10 mixmag-reviewed exploration of Ashworth’s darker sound on Arkhive London, championed by Mano Le Tough amongst others.
Joe’s hard work has been definitely paying off, with releases on Anjunadeep, NeedWant, Holic Trax and Little Helpers amongst others and a number of carefully selected remixes.
In summer 2015, Ashworth solidified his musical vision with a full LP on NeedWant, receiving excellent reviews (9/10 DJ mag, Mixmag album of the week). With Ashworth’s identity firmly stamped on the electronic music scene, it’s going to be an exciting year!