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ASTON

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A few years ago, ASTON had a realisation. The rising pop savant wanted to “live the way I want to live, make fucking mistakes all the time, and grow from them.” A pop star in search of a mission statement, she thought about the concepts and lessons that had defined her life and realised that, without even knowing it, she had been living according to a kind of spiritual guidebook: the Bad Bitch Policy.

It had informed a life about “living with no boundaries, getting what I want, and refusing to live by society’s standards,” as well as her fast-growing catalogue of brash, brazen and brilliantly in-your-face pop songs. From that moment, she decided the Bad Bitch Policy wouldn’t just be something she referred to in her head – it would be a gospel she spread through her music, a feminine manifesto that she needed other people to hear too. In that moment, the second iteration of ASTON was born.

Born and raised on the Central Coast of Australia and now based in Los Angeles, ASTON rose to fame as a songwriter, writing songs for K-pop icons Aespa and indie-dance stars like Cosmo’s Midnight alike; before she even started releasing music as ASTON, she had landed syncs in a handful of Netflix shows, blockbusters and advertisements. Recently, ASTON has decided to shift her focus solely to her own project, which currently boasts streams in the tens of millions and over 1.5m followers on TikTok.

Focussing entirely on this project serves as proof that ASTON herself is living according to the Bad Bitch Policy – exactly as she wants to, other peoples’ opinions be damned. “Writing isn’t necessarily my dream,” she says, “But changing peoples’ lives is the dream. I want people to have a moment where they can scream and be angry if they’re frustrated, and know because of my music that it’s okay to be angry at people and situations and social constructs.”

ASTON describes her music as “very crude, unfiltered, brazen and unapologetic.” It’s about not taking shit from anyone, including yourself. “Mama Didn’t Raise No,” a recent single that’s been used over 50,000 times on Tiktok and streamed over 6m times on Spotify alone, keys in on this idea – it’s an ode to women who make their own money and refuse to get stiffed by anyone. Produced by ASTON’s longtime production partners The 87s, it’s funky and fierce, G-funk that’s been shot through with adrenaline: “I got more class than a man would know/I got more balls than a man could throw,” she raps.

On other songs, yet to be released, ASTON slips into new genres – hyperpop, trap, Neptunes-style 2000s hip-hop – like couture bodysuits , her husky, instantly-identifiable voice allowing her to put her stamp on any new sounds she tries on. “For The Girls,” released in May, is sure to be a staple in getting-ready-for-the-club playlists, and recalls early-aughts icons like Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani, with a stridently feminist twist: “I dress up for the girls/And I go out for the girls/Look super hot for the girls/Do it all for the girls,” she sings, turning dressing up into an act of empowerment and defiance.

These are the lessons of the Bad Bitch Policy – lessons ASTON is hoping to bring to a world that sorely needs them. “A bad bitch knows what they want and goes after it,” she says. “These songs are about owning your own sexuality, getting your rocks off, not taking shit from any guy no matter how cute he is.” And, ultimately: “A bad bitch knows their worth.” ASTON certainly does.

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