Two decades of career have passed in the blink of an eye for the sisters of musical duo Ha(asterisk)Ash, who today celebrate the release of a single and a concert tour.
“You can’t believe that 20 years have already passed, and in the end it’s been a career of great perseverance and it’s been great (great) to be able to be an example of a hardworking woman, an independent woman, a woman who is going to fight for his dream and that we have achieved it little by little,” Hanna said in a recent interview in Mexico City.
Going down this path with her sister Ashley is for her “the best thing about our profession”.
During the pandemic, performers of hits like ‘Sorry, Sorry’, ‘I Learned It From You’ and ‘Let You Free’ set up their recording studio in their own homes and it helped them work on what will be their next album. , which will follow 2019’s “Ha(asterisk)Ash: Live”.
“The two years we were locked down because of the pandemic, we took the opportunity to write a lot of songs,” Hanna said. It was great. There were days when we went downstairs in our pajamas to record.”
For Ashley, a “different” and “more relaxed” vibe at home has helped things flow and become more inspired. “You don’t have the pressure for the studio to shut down,” he explained.
The sisters, who were born in Louisiana and raised between Mexico and the United States, have always been proud of their country and gospel musical roots. In the album they are preparing, these genres will also be present.
“We are going back to those roots. There are country elements, there are gospel elements in the songs, there is accordion, there is mariachi,” Hanna revealed. “It’s an album where we didn’t put any labels on anything and we didn’t look for a particular genre; we just wanted to produce the song the way we envisioned it and not think twice about it, and I think we liked that freedom. We are very happy with the result.”
In April and May, Ha(asterisk)Ash will perform in concert in the Mexican cities of Jojutla, Morelos; Toluca, State of Mexico, and Puebla, Puebla. Meanwhile, fans can listen to his latest single, “What a Man Should Know.”
“It’s a fun song, it’s a relaxed song. It all happened when we were at a dinner party with friends and a friend said to us, “Don’t you realize that sometimes men are very practical, sometimes you just have to say things, because that you can’t expect anyone to guess what you ‘feel if you don’t say it.’ And I said ‘song!’ Hanna says, snapping her fingers.
The duo composed the theme, in which they ask a man to pay attention to them when they speak to him (even if they repeat things for the third time) and to be compassionate towards their feelings. They wrote it with Mexican musicians Pablo Preciado and Ale Zéguer, whom they consider great friends.
“We hope that all women who listen to this song feel empowered and know they are worth it and remind men of what they need. And now that masculinity has been redefined, the new masculinity is like reminding all men of that,” Hanna said.
The video for the song was shot in Miami. In it, the two appear in an elementary classroom teaching a group of men. Ashley wears a revealing full bodysuit with large transparencies.
“Ever since she was little, Ashley always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, but when she got dressed, I said to her, ‘Trust me, she’s not a kindergarten teacher,'” Hanna said.
“In my fantasy, yes it is,” Ashley said.
For the sisters, the video reflects the energy of their upcoming album, in which Hanna dedicates songs to their first daughter, Mathilda, who was born in June 2020, and Ashley opens up about her romantic experiences.
“It’s a very fun, very lighthearted record,” Ashley said.
“And with a vibe of having a good time,” Hanna added. “I think what we all needed during the pandemic was to have a good time, to relax, and that’s what we were looking for when we were composing. We realized that we wanted to spend a good time, there is more humor in our songs.