My first album “Firstborn” is now LIVE!

I made an album. It’s called “Firstborn” and it is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services. I hope you enjoy it. It’s best listened with headphones and a mindset to go on a journey ;). And it’s FREE. I hope it offers peace and solace in these difficult times.

I’ve heard it’s bad form to preamble your work before it’s consumed. Oh well.

This album’s track listing is constructed as a story, an old school concept album if you will. I won’t give it away but I guess the story of this album is kind of like the story of its making. I started work on this album in 2013 during a difficult time and finished it in 2015; then I shelved it for five years with all my insecurities and fears. 2020 has come around, and with all that it has brought, I decided to dig the album out and give it a listen. In 2020, I can no longer hear the process or the imperfections or remember where some of the sounds or samples came from. Time has made it new. The only thing I hear now is an old version of myself dealing with his insecurities and fears. In song. I owe it to him now to release it into the universe and move on. So, here it is. Maybe you hear yourself in it too.

This album could not be possible without a little help from my friends. Thank you so much @Matthew Rulli, @Rajen Mistry, @Hemant Badya, and @Andrew Nguyen.

Spread the word. Stay safe, stay healthy. And enjoy.


Ashish Seth

Where can I get it?

It’s available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services everywhere.

You can also download it for FREE off DO NOT buy it anywhere if you’re ever prompted to. It’ll always be FREE. Of course, you could also pay what you want when prompted on Bandcamp if you want to support the music.

To stream it on Spotify, click here –>

To stream it on Apple Music, click here –>

To listen and/or download MP3 or high-quality WAV files, please go to bandcamp here –>


  1. Doctory
  2. Space Opera
  3. Dreamcatcher
  4. Unrequited
  5. It Just Is
  6. Aum (featuring Hemant Badya)
  7. Talk the Walk
  8. Somehow
  9. Stairway
  10. Summer
  11. Give Up
  12. My Own Church


Ashish Seth – samples, synths, guitars, FX, drum machines, concept, production, photography, cover design

Rajen Mistry (backpackstudio) – mastering and additional production

Hemant Badya – lead vocals on “Aum”

Matthew Rulli – backing vocals on “Dreamcatcher”

Andrew Nguyen – additional work on cover design

Thank yous

Kinshuk, Mom, Dad, Abhi, Swati, the whole family, Hemant, Matthew, Andrew, the 905 crew, the Milton Fam, Jessy N (we made some gems that will see the light), all the early listeners, and all the artists who made the music that inspired (and was sampled on) this record.


Electronic –> trip hop, deep house, experimental

Hip Hop –> instrumental hip hop, sample based hip hop, sampledelia

Shoegaze –> Chillwave

Potential Playlists (If you like these on Spotify, you make like this)

  • Trip Hop
  • Instrumental Study
  • Electronic Concentration
  • Chilled cow


Thank you for listening,

Ashish Seth

Music Photography Poetry Writing

April 11, Oh Well 1.1


This week’s playlist is called “Oh Well”. It’s made up of new and old artists, mixing genres, blending sounds, brought together with a chill lounge vibe, all coalescing together to give off the impression… Better luck next time. 

This is accompanied by a poem titled “Oh Well”. 

Click here for this week’s playlist. Oh Well 1.1

Oh Well By: Ashish Seth

A broken umbrella in a monsoon drizzle 

Cold coffee and a bowl of soggy cereal

Oh well

Rain dumping buckets of double entendres on your head

A forced feeling of surprise to get a reaction from a friend

Oh well

The highlight of the day a vague sigh in a bed 

That report was nothing to brag about but you milked it anyway

Oh well

Single serving quotes on Instagram posts 

Cars broken down with the motors still running 

And single serving K cups of caffeine jolts 

Sped up sirens and sleepless nights hoping

You never really had a chance

Oh well

The chances had you is the story you tell

Oh well

Oh well

Oh well
Ashish Seth

Poetry Vignette Writing

Vantage Philadelphia

vantage philly

A city by the river, a city of brotherly love, the skyline stretches the length of the river, mostly white lights and some reds and greens in the distance. From our vantage, a grassy turf shrouded in darkness bordered on our left by a forest patch of trees, music at high frequency plays from jarring speakers, young people sitting in the grass as fireflies pop out of the grass like embers from a fire. The quiet talks of young lovers and the brash speech of young punks drunk and lying on the lawn is seldom. The mood is complacent. I try to capture the city in my iPhone camera but the darkness and distance reveals a blurry photo on all occasions, the essence of the city escaping in tiny pixels. A moon lights the smudgy clouds above, they sit in the sky sunken and heavy, wet and moist. A rain has fallen earlier, a storm has passed. These remnants of a previous age float ominously, suggest a doom. But the city sparkles from this distance and from decidedly low vantages that provide a suspension of disbelief, as the city twinkles off the river, the fireflies spark out of the grass, shooting stars, shy fireworks, that rise above Philadelphia.

Ashish Seth

Art Poetry Writing

May 14, The Climb Forever

– AS

Art Poetry

May 13, Lazy Loop

Lazy Loop

– AS

Art Poetry Writing

May 12, Villain Therapy

Villain Therapy

– AS


May 11, Do, Because It’s Hard


– AS

Articles Writing

Why I write: “My Writing Process”


A few weeks ago, I was asked by a fellow writer to detail my process of writing. First of all, thank you Michael Paul (Billy Tabbs & The Glorious Darrow) for inviting me to do this blog tour. It’s an honor even being asked to talk about my writing process, which has currently halted. It’s both a chance to learn from other writers and kickstart/restart the process as I get time away from my day job to devote to writing.


So, why do I write?


This is a question I’ve been asking myself since I started writing. I guess the most honest answer to this question is because sometimes it is enjoyable and sometimes it makes me feel like more than I am. I enjoy being creative and writing has always been of strength of mine.


But I write for a deeper reason. I’m searching for something. Sometimes I can taste it when the writing writes itself.


I write for these “moments”. Moments when the words disappear and regardless of what I’m writing, I perceive a depth, a chasm, that opens up in what I’ve written. And out of this depth, a realization, something unsaid, is understood by both the characters and the reader. That what they’re reading is a facet of the human condition, of life. The human condition in its most purest form is witnessed. It diminishes when it is put to words in a thesis on an essay. My essays are observations by the reader and writer, translated only into understanding and emotion. It’s the best type of pathos.


I write for those real moments, those enlightening moments, those discovered moments. When you understand something more than what is just written.


1. What are you working on?


I’m currently working on a novel called The Cleaner. It’s a crime drama set in Brampton.


It’s a story about a forty something hitman who cleans up crime scenes for the mob. The Cleaner has a code: never ask questions, never get involved. He tries to instill this code on to his young protege.


This is the story of that code breaking.


The story has morphed a lot since I started it in 2012. It was a bare bones crime noir with short chapters and very little exposition, my aim being to have the readers learn about the characters purely in the moment. I’ve been working currently on finding a balance between how much exposition I want to put and how much we’re in the scene.


I’m also working on an album of music.


2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?



I don’t like being judged based on my genre. But the reality is, it’s impossible for any writer not to be judged by their genre until they transcend it and write some classic that teachers force you to read in high schools, ones that you can get an essay out of it.


Without picking a genre, here’s what I like to write about: criminals, gangsters, average Joes, regular people, families… complex characters that aren’t so easily likeable, all going through a crisis or personal conflict, not so easily sympathetic with their choices, forced into critical and dramatic situations where the outcomes aren’t usually clear cut and moral and obvious, and the most important thing to take in is not a logic in the construction of the plot and events but the feeling of the situation the characters are in and the realization that realism is just a way to make sense of the world, that unexplainable things happen and that the action happens more so due to illogical character motivations than anything else with the function of the main internal con-…


You know what. Fuck it. I’m a crime writer. My work differs only in that now I’m writing the words. If it is different, you be the judge.


3. Why do you write what you do?


I write what I want to read. I read what I want to write. I’m a writer with literary ambitions but also one who would throw the literary out the window for a guilty pleasure action sequence involving witty wiseguys and humorous situations.


I’m like a pizza that’s trying to be gourmet Italian cuisine. Every so often you’ll taste the rich tomato sauce under the cheese that’ll remind you of the best of literary classics… but then you’ll taste the pepperonis and its back to instant gratification and drivebys for the sake of drivebys.


4. How does your writing process work?


Writing is an act of creation. We take that as a given. But I believe a creator must be comfortable with destruction. A writer that creates must also destroy, destroy the words he writes that are unnecessary, destroy the monotony when the story slows down, destroy the characters to get the vapor of pathos out of their cracked skulls, destroy the process to reach a conclusion and move on. Stories end when the writer chooses to destroy the routine of writing.


For me, destruction is essential to creation. What I mean by this is you need to be comfortable with deleting sections and editing to prune away the unnecessary stuff. I like sharp, direct prose because it’s the most powerful, most effective. Before a scene is finished and even during the process of writing it, I’ll read it back and forth and edit over and over. I edit and write at the same time. Destruction is necessary because it refines your ideas.


I usually start on an idea before it’s taken too much hold on my mind, while it’s fresh and exciting. I’ve found too much planning is creatively stifling. I also find I’m the most productive in a time frame. A lot of projects have died in development hell and I’ve learned recently that giving myself a time frame to complete something allows me to finish and move on. You need to move on. You need to.


If I sit with an idea for too long, it never gets made. The expectations morph and become unintelligible in my head. The idea itself loses creative vigor and nothing seems natural.


My writing rituals are quite basic. I try to write when I’m inspired but you can’t wait for it. Instead, I have some methods to get me in that state of mind. If writing while inspired is sugar, than my forced state of inspiration is Splenda. I get to it with a cup of coffee and some music to set the mood. And sometimes it feels like the real thing. But the real thing acted on is the best. Other things I do are organize my work area so the clutter doesn’t affect my head. I usually write at night but early morning writing is great too. It’s all about routine and positive thinking.


My process is always changing. I’m still trying to figure what works and what doesn’t. I haven’t completed a major project yet so that’s proof that maybe in a few months, all of the above may be bullshit. All writers know they can write when they realize just how good they are at bullshitting on paper.


Look for my work soon. I’ll be writing some articles this year. An album this year will also drop. Maybe a finished novel next year… can’t be too optimistic.


With that said, let me introduce Amrita Gill, a writer from Edmonton, Alberta. Amrita writes poetry that’s really observational. Some of her stuff reminds me of Charles Bukowski at his best.  She’s next in line for the writing process blog. Check her out:



– AS


Jan 13, The World in a Globe


Horizon lines confined to the slope of the hemispheres. Every good feeling is choked with a little fear.

– AS

Philosophy Photography Writing

Jan 9, Shadows in Snow


Kobe silhouetted against perfect crisp white snow, under an orange glow of a street light. Looming below him, his mysterious life companion, his shadow.

All of life is a struggle to shine a light on our shadow selves, to define that part of us that acts covertly behind the scenes, with motives more genuine and true and real than we care to admit, too afraid to realize or prescribe over as a product of intent.

– AS