Being known for being part of a famous band or group is the hopeful end result of many musicians, but to be able to top that with a stellar career in the studio as one of the premiere music producers in the industry is something that rarely happens with equal success. But we talked to one of those people who has actually accomplished both in the form of John Ashton.
John began his career as a guitarist with the Psychedelic Furs, touring stadiums and becoming a part of one of the most successful underground bands of the 1980s and continues that ride with his current band, Satellite Paridso. Then he made the switch to music producer, working with such acts as Marianne Faithfull, The Sisters of Mercy, Red Betty, and Seven Color Sky, just to name a few.
We now talk to John about his rise to creative prominence, his current projects as well as the past, present, and future.
(L-R) John Ashton, Tim Butler, Richard Butler during the “Midnight to Midnight” era of Psychedelic Furs
About John Ashton
Ashton came to prominence in the early 1980s as the guitarist of the Psychedelic Furs. The band is an English group formed in 1977 by Richard and Tim Butler, Duncan Kilburn and Roger Morris, with Ashton joining in 1978.
Their first album release was a hit in the UK and Europe. Their second release Talk Talk Talk placed them on the US charts. After the release of Forever Now in late 1982, Morris and Kilburn left the band, and Ashton and the Butler brothers went on to release Mirror Moves and other albums. The Psychedelic Furs went on hiatus after their 1992 tour but reformed in 2001. Since then, Ashton has joined the band on occasion for tours.
After the Psychedelic Furs went on hiatus, Ashton became a record producer and worked on a number of projects including Marianne Faithfull, The Sisters of Mercy, Red Betty, and Seven Color Sky. Ashton mixed and co-produced The Secret Post’s album From Train to Station, released in 2015, and oversaw recordings with Los Angeles’ Silence.
Ashton has also pursued a solo career and released his debut album, Satellite Paradiso, in 2014.