We had the good fortune of connecting with Aston Fenly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aston, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
As a little kid I used to invite the neighbors over to come see me, myself and I, at the “Circus”. When I was about 8 years old I started acting professionally and later in my teenage years I got really into music. So I just never left it behind, I guess. I hated school, but loved to create. It felt horrible to have to sit through class for so many years, listening to someone talk about something I knew I’d never use, when all I wanted to do was make art. And it’s not only music I love to do. I love directing, I also worked as a photographer at one point too and did both art direction and graphic design, so whether it’s music or visuals, it’s just where my heart is- I just love being creative.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of my challenges has definitely been the language.. When I came to the US a couple of years ago I had never written a song in English. All my music was in Danish.
It’s been amazing, to feel the improvement and noticing how you adopt, develop and eventually master the craft in another language. Over the last year I’ve spent a lot of time in the studio (or.. on the computer, in the bedroom, with a producer on his computer, in his bedroom LOL) and I’ve really developed my own sound, something that I’m extremely proud of. Also I’m much more clear on what I want to write about, and how to say it. It’s a lot about mental health, some about love, but generally just introspective stories that I hope some people can relate to and if not, it’s still just bops.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Damn, I mean… this is it. I’m literally waiting for my best friend to come visit. All my friends are still back in Denmark in school and working so nobody has had the time yet. I don’t even have to imagine, this question was MADE for me.
This is going to be detailed. Skip if you get bored. Haha. And let’s pretend Covid-19 is long gone.
Coming into LAX on a Friday afternoon, we would have to get an afternoon snack, cause you know, you get hungry being on a plane for 12 hours. And being a Dane, you want something American when you land, so we hit Carney’s on Sunset, get a chili-burger and a Dr. P… Sheesh. Then back to the crib to get ready for dinner. at Jones on Santa Monica. I love the vibe, it’s dark and cosy. Delicious food and cocktails. Then we would have to hit Emo Nite in Silver Lake. That’s the most fun party I have ever been to in my life. Such a great vibe. Awesome bands, DJ’s, food in the court and just so much fun. When we’re done, we should probably go get a midnight snack, so the hangover doesn’t hit as hard. Pink’s hotdogs, the hotdogs are great, yeah, but have you every had the chili-bacon-cheese burger? It’s a beast and it will cure whatever is coming. I know we had a chili-burger earlier, I didn’t think it through at the time, but we’re ok with it.
If it didn’t cure you completely you can try rubbing salt in the wounds of an empty wallet; go to the Ivy for brunch (because it’s the most ridiculous priced place in the universe: do you HAVE to go? NO, but do you WANT to know what it’s like to ball like Leo? YES).. it’s so expensive that the champagne is complimentary on Saturdays. I mean. WHAT. We’d have to get the cheapest thing on the menu of course, but that’s ok. Then we would go to the Santa Monica Pier, ’cause when you’re European, you need to see that. So colorful and filled with all the different people LA has to offer. Also walking on the beach and watching the skaters by the water reminds me of being a kid – I loved to skate.
Then straight to my favorite restaurant, Carousel located in Hollywood on a strip mall, if you know, you know. The BEST Armenian food in the city, dare I say. I just love it. It’s amazing – BYOB. And every time I’ve brought someone, they think the same. Then Delilah, to make some lunch plans with people you will never see again.
On Sunday, we’d check out Melrose Trading Post – what’s better than thrifting? And then we would have to go to The Abbey. Whether or not you’re a part of the LGBTQ+ community, this is the most fun place to start the week. The best Sunday parties with the most wonderful people from all walks of life.
We are probably pretty tired at nightfall, so we’d go back and order in. I love the Branzino from Pizzaria Vivoli, but after watching Seaspiracy on Netflix I would most likely have to get a pizza.
Monday we’d be hanging at the studio, maybe take a stroll down Fairfax and Melrose to see what the fashion is like in LA. Tuesday drive Downtown to the Art District and feel the energy.
Later in the week when one of us (me) is missing Denmark, we’d go to Copenhagen Pastries to get a Danish (or as we call them in Denmark, a Wienerbrød). Yes. You read that right, in Denmark a Danish is a “Vienna-bread”. But it’s very good here 10/10 would recommend. Then coffee at Miss Melbourne. Run by the sweetest Australian couple – they also have nice pies.
SoHo house is a vibe you don’t really know about as a Dane, so would probably have to go. Leo’s Taco Truck is a must. A sunlit dinner at Ysabel is a fave of mine too. Versailles Cuban restaurant is amazing and honestly there’s no LA without K-Town and some Korean BBQ. Let it be known, I have had some of the best Asian food in LA. If you wanna top it off with a goodbye drink maybe I’d chose The Roger Room. Such a great place, with space for conversations over old school cocktails.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
With a year like this, it would have to be my friends, but especially my family. It’s been a very tough time and I’m so happy I have got to spend so much time with the people I love. There’s plenty of people in my life ,that I could thank for being where I am creatively, today, but my family is definitely the reason I’m holding my head up in these challenging times.
(The red pictures) Oscar Velay