Ashton Nicole Casey, better known by her stage name Ashnikko (/aeniko/ ash-NEE-koh), was born on February 19, 1996 in the United States. Her 2019 single “Stupid” featuring (Yung) Baby Tate, which went viral on the video-sharing app TikTok and received platinum certification in the US and Canada, catapulted her to fame. The singles “Daisy” and “Slumber Party” with Princess Nokia were taken from Ashnikko’s debut mixtape, Demidevil, which was released in January 2021.
Ashnikko Early life
Ashton Nicole Casey was reared in Greensboro after being born in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, on February 19, 1996. Her parents introduced her to a variety of musical styles, including Slipknot and country music. She recalls discovering rap music and becoming fascinated in it when she was 10 years old after listening to M.I.A.’s Arular, and she didn’t start listening to male performers until she was 16 years old. When she was a teenager, her family moved to Estonia so that her father could further his studies. They stayed there for a year before moving back to Riga, Latvia. She formerly attended a Latvian public high school alone among Americans in Latvia. Casey relocated to London on her own when she was 18 years old.
2016–2019: Career beginnings and Hi It’s Me
Raf Riley created Ashnikko’s debut song, “Krokodil,” which was posted to SoundCloud in July 2016. In 2017, she issued her debut EP, Sass Pancakes, on Digital Picnic Records. Avelino makes a cameo on the Raf Riley-produced EP. In November 2018, Ashnikko’s second EP, Unlikeable, was made available. “Blow,” “Nice Girl,” “Invitation,” which features Kodie Shane, and “No Brainer” are among the singles on the EP.
In July 2019, Ashnikko released her third EP, Hi It’s Me. The EP’s main single, “Hi It’s Me,” and its title track were both released at the same time. The EP was preceded by the promotional song “Special.” On the video-sharing app TikTok, the second official song, “Stupid” with Yung Baby Tate, became quite well-known. On the Spotify Viral 50 chart, the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, and the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop chart, the song peaked at number one. In August 2020, “Stupid” received gold certification in both the United States and Canada.
The EP’s “Working Bitch” was another song that became well-liked on TikTok. In October 2019, Ashnikko set out on a North American tour with American rapper Danny Brown. In October 2019, she issued the “Halloweenie II: Pumpkin Spice” promotional single. On Brooke Candy’s debut album, Sexorcism, which was published in October 2019, she co-wrote eight tracks, two of which have appearances by her.
2020–2021: Breakthrough and Demidevil
The song “Boss Bitch” from the Birds of Prey soundtrack, Birds of Prey: The Album, was co-written by Ashnikko and American rapper Doja Cat. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashnikko was slated to tour with Doja Cat on her Hot Pink Tour in March 2020, but it was postponed due to the pandemic. She released the stand-alone song “Tantrum” in March 2020. She gave a live performance of “Tantrum” as part of The Fader’s Digital Fader Fort event later that month. Then in June 2020, a song called “Cry” with Canadian musician Grimes was made available along with an animated music video. The song’s music video was nominated for the 2020 UK Music Video Awards’ “Best Pop Video – UK” category.
After that, “Daisy” was released in July 2020, and a month later, Beats by Dr. Dre and TikTok collaborated to make a music video for the song. “Daisy” became Ashnikko’s first international hit, charting in nations like Australia, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. It was her first song to chart and her first top 40 hit in the UK, peaking at number 24 on the UK Singles Chart. In October 2020, “Halloweenie III: Seven Days,” Ashnikko’s third Halloween song, was published. At the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards, she was up for Best Push Act.
On Ashnikko’s debut mixtape, Demidevil, which was published on January 15, 2021, both “Cry” and “Daisy” may be found. The mixtape’s third and fourth singles, “Deal with It” featuring Kelis and “Slumber Party” featuring Princess Nokia, were released, respectively. The Demidevil Tour, which will include performances in North America, the UK, and Ireland in October 2021, was announced by Ashnikko in support of the mixtape.
2022–present: Hiatus, Weedkiller and world tour
The two-side songs “Panic Attacks In Paradise” and “Maggots” were published on September 29, 2021, and Ashnikko took a year off before releasing her debut single, “You Make Me Sick!” on February 8, 2023. The Weedkiller World Tour, which will travel through Asia, Oceania, North America, and Europe, began on March 24, 2023, in Japan, and will end on December 11, 2023, in Ireland. She also revealed the release date for the album’s second single, “Worms,” which was made public the following day, on March 2. Third single “Posession of a Weapon” was released on May 24th. The album’s most recent single, “Cheerleader,” was released on July 28.
On April 22, 2023, during the second day of performances at the festival’s two-week run in Coachella, California, Ashnikko gave a performance.
Several musical styles, including pop, indie pop, rock, alt-pop, hip hop, bubblegum pop, indie rock, punk, and electropop have been combined to create Ashnikko’s distinctive sound. She has stated that her music is not meant to be humorous or parodic, describing it as “angry, punk, hip hop, sad-girl-feminist, bubblegum, poo-poo music”.
Tokyo-inspired street fashion is what makes Ashnikko famous. She is also renowned for her distinctive brown hair that has become vivid blue. Her hair is pastel green in the music video for “Nice Girl” and several of her early vlogs. Her hair is red, pink, and yellow in the “Daisy” music video.
M.I.A., Gwen Stefani, Lil’ Kim, Björk, Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, King Woman, and Joan Jett have all been mentioned as musical influences by Ashnikko. Her favorite song is “Bossy” by Kelis. Doja Cat, Grimes, Tierra Whack, Rico Nasty, Princess Nokia, Kim Petras, and Charli XCX have also been mentioned as artists she “really respects” and “peers” with.
Ashnikko Personal life
In June 2019, Ashnikko revealed on Twitter that she is bisexual. and later stated that she is pansexual in a 2020 interview. Ashnikko announced on Twitter in May 2021 that she was genderfluid, claiming that she “just didn’t feel ready to tell the internet yet but i guess now’s a good time since everyone’s doing a dissection into my sexuality and gender identity.” She uses the pronouns she, her, and they, them.
When talking about the significance of the song “Daisy”‘s lyrics in July 2020, she admitted that while her family is a Christian, she is not.
Ashnikko started dating fellow musician Arlo Parks in December 2021.
Ashnikko identifies as a feminist and credits the discovery of intersectional feminism on the microblogging platform Tumblr as a teenager with being a turning point in her life. She has advocated for victims of police brutality on social media and has been outspoken about a variety of social justice topics, including the commercialization of feminism in November 2019.
Ashnikko Social Media
- Instagram: @ashnikk
- Twitter: @ashnikko
- Hi, It’s Me”
- Slumber Party
- Deal With It
- Panic Attacks
- F**k Me In My Jaguar
What is Ashnikko’s story?
The Weedkillers, the cyborg antagonists in Ashnikko’s tale, destroyed everything in their path, killing her fellow Nimb people, her family, and her beloved before the heroine jumped into action. The images Ashnikko created for WEEDKILLER further bring the story to life.
Where did Ashnikko come from?
young age. Ashton Nicole Casey grew up in Greensboro after being born in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, on February 19, 1996.
What is Ashnikko famous for?
Ashton Ashnikko is the stage name for Nicole Casey, an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and model. She has worked with many different musicians, including Kodie Shane, Grimes, and Yung Baby Tate. At the moment, they are signed to Parlophone Records.
Who inspired Ashnikko?
M.I.A., Gwen Stefani, Lil’ Kim, Björk, Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, and Joan Jett have all been mentioned as musical influences by Ashnikko. Her favorite song is “Bossy” by Kelis.