Interview with violinist Asher Laub

Asher Laub

Freefall was written around the time of the Covid 19 catastrophe, and it’s one of the most mellow tunes I’ve composed. 

Tell us about yourself and how you decided to get into music?
I’m a classically trained violinist, electronic composer, producer, and performer. My journey in music began at the tender age of 2 where I learned the Suzuki method using a margarine box with rubber bands serving as strings, since I was too small for the smallest available violins. My mother tells me I chose the violin after watching my older brother play concertos, but who knows! I can tell you that I didn’t enjoy the instrument until I entered high school and began to improvise with other musicians.

How were you able to overcome your childhood and did it have any effect on your music?
My childhood deeply impacted the musician and man I am today. It’s influenced my outlook on life, the way I think and reason, and the style in which I play. Since I learned the Suzuki method (training by ear) over more than a decade, I learned to perform beyond site-reading, which allows me to play and improvise and compose tunes as a contemporary violinist. I’ve taken a liking, in recent years, to merging classical and electronic music. I’m hoping this will influence music lovers who are in the electronic realm to develop a more sophisticated appreciation of music.

What’s something you’ve learned that you would like to share with our readers?
I’ve learned that anything that’s worth achieving really takes work. I’ve also learned that setting one’s mind on a goal with a consistent unwavering devotion to that goal is the best way to achieve it. I’m proud to have made it this far in my music career, and can only attribute it to my dedication to my own dreams and a laser-like focus on the end-goal.

Can you tell us about your latest single “Freefall”?
Freefall was written around the time of the Covid 19 catastrophe, and it’s one of the most mellow tunes I’ve composed. It’s really a song about falling into a deep depression and is dedicated to the millions of people around the globe who suffer from the side-effects of social distancing. I’m afraid that mental health will continue to be on the decline as people fret about the economy and other negative factors related to this virus. I’m hoping this song connects with those suffering from depression, and helps to uplift them; since it’s ultimately, a song of hope that things will get better. My forthcoming music video will reflect this story.

How did you come up with the idea for the “On The Road” music video?
“On The Road” is about a boy who grows up on a farm with a girl who becomes his best friend. He moves to the bustling city to live the fast life, and quickly realizes he wants to return to the farm and the girl who he misses so much. He marries her and lives the rest of his life on that beautiful farm enjoying the groves and the sprawling hills. “On The Road” is a sort of anthem, as displayed in the music video, for many of us struggling with the tension between money and the excitement of the city, and the quieter, more peaceful life dedicated to enjoying the simple things that make us, as human beings, joyful. Here’s the music video:

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I look forward to having a close-knit team of music management and professionals helping me to streamline my US and European tours. I look forward to connecting with more fans, with every new release. I also look forward to new and interesting artist collaborations.

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