We had the good fortune of connecting with Ash Jangda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ash, what do you want your legacy to be?
When I think about my legacy I am often reminded of a quote:
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou
I want to make everyone I encounter to FEEL inspired to pursue their dreams. I want them to FEEL a sense of unwavering confidence in their aspirations. I want to pass on my own belief/faith in what is possible to the next generation of creators. During 2020 I have had time to reexamine my perspective and approach. I feel even more confident that with this renewed positive outlook I will have even more opportunities to share this feeling both on and off stage. Don’t underestimate how many people can be impacted from your positive influence on a single person. Imagine if you could affect everyone you encounter, how far would your inspiration reach/ripple?
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been playing the guitar since I was 7 years old. It feels like the guitar has always been there for me. Although, I had a tough time convincing my conservative immigrant family that music was the right career choice. I remember it being an uphill battle starting from when I chose to change majors. I will say, respectfully, I have seen all that they warned me about and then some over the course of my career. Along the way there has been many low valleys and some extremely high mountain tops. It can definitely be challenging to traverse that roller coaster of emotions over and over again. Being a musician is not for everyone thats for sure. Then again neither is the military nor accounting. I guess thats why they call it a calling. It definitely helps you develop a thick skin and a sense of perseverance. I remember driving from Orange County to LA, 5 nights a week, in a beater of a car that had no A/C and the drivers side window wouldn’t even come down. I did that for almost 3 years. I remember one night playing for 9,000 people at a sold out show with Bobby Brown and the next night playing a hole in the wall bar with a janky band and the band leader trying to stiff me out of $100 lol! But through it all I have relied on my guitar and my faith in what can be, to strive on. Consequently, I have had the privileged of traveling all over the world with some of the most talented individuals to have ever lived. What more can you ask for but to get to do what you love for a living.
What I have been able to glean from all these experiences is, moments (time) and people (relationships) are the real currency. Money, possessions, fame, beauty are all fleeting. How you spend your time and cultivate your relationships is what lives on after we are done here.
I want the world to know me as a passionate performer that gave his all to his art but more importantly as a I want to be known as a compassionate human being that inspired everyone he encountered to strive to be their best self.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Visiting Friend Itinerary
Monday, Sunset on the Santa Monica Pier, Dinner at Versailles in Culver City
Tuesday, Music and Dinner at the Federal in NoHo
Wednesday, Jazz at the Mayfair Hotel DTLA, Late Nite Taco Truck experience
Thursday, Hollywood Sign, Comedy Store on Sunset, Night cap at the Chateau Marmont
Friday, PCH up to Malibu, Dinner at Mastro’s Steak House
Saturday, Griffith Observatory, Dinner at Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
Sunday, Service at The Fountain of Love Church, Lunch at Porto’s Bakery
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Anyone who has experienced any substantial form of success can tell you they did not do it alone. I am no exception. I am grateful for so many people who have not only believed in me but invested in me. To them I owe any and all accolades that have come my way. Firstly, my family for encouraging me to take the plunge and relocate to Los Angeles. It was a difficult life altering decision that I don’t think I would’ve seriously entertained without their encouragement. Secondly, my peers who have invested in me by not only hiring me, but making room for me in their already super talented, qualified and accomplished group of friends. Time is the greatest gift anyone can share with you and I am grateful for every minute I get to spend with them on and off stage. Lastly, the companies who have invested in me as an artist. They have helped facilitate my work and allowed me to represent their brands. Namely, D’Angelico Guitars, G&L guitars, Taylor guitars, Quilter amps, Strymon and Xotic pedals. They have not only made my work easier but helped me craft my own sound in the studio and on tour. I just want to acknowledge that I am forever grateful to everyone mentioned above and so many more who go unmentioned. Thank you for believing in me and helping me achieve my dreams.