Ashley Bayside is a true legend in the Second Life live music industry.
Taking a break from her hectic schedule, Ashley kindly agreed to an interview with Toggle For Music to tell us more about herself and her forthcoming relaunch of her legendary Saddles venue ...
Michael: Hi Ashley - thank you so much for taking time out to do this interview with Toggle For Music.
First up - Could you tell me something about your background and how you got involved in the crazy world of Second Life in the first place?
Ashley: I am a former nurse, events coordinator, Co Owner of Business. I come from a family of Live performers so my love for Live music stand from growing up around it, I am disable and stay at home mom, Work a few side jobs when able.
My sister got me involved in Sl she and We live thousand mile apart so this was our way to stay in touch do things together
Michael: In your early SL days did you plan - or even envisage - owning a successful music venue ?
Ashley: No I just wanted to come have fun and enjoy Live Music. I open my own place because when I go out I alway approached things I rather not be involved in. So by having my own place I didn't have to be involved or exposed to things that did not interest me.
Michael: Saddles was a venue loved by soo many in SL - and then you moved on - so tell me all about the new Saddles please.and all the terrific kinds of stuff you have on there
Saddles started 2014 we grew in to a popular Live Music Venue, morning coffee table top games ... ahang out for many. With all the love and support of many of you all, your support was very much appreciated.
As we all know real life sometime cause some uncontrolled things that cause us all issues about being online at times. Mostly health related or family related issues. In my cause was health issuesI struggled for bit, but with the grace of God and medical professionals we were able to track down some of my health issues resolve them I am doing 100% better,
Everyone that showed their support much love each of you for that.
When i returned to sl I opened a romantic destination called Rock Crest Getaway and started holding events ... and it seemed like each day someone asked me to open Saddles back up .. so, after weeks of thought I invested in 3/4 of sim to bring back Saddles!
Now a complete remodel has started taking place and we are almost done with 1/2 of the sim and open for everyone to come enjoy.... We have daily events and we are booking and hiring more staff
I do hope you will understand that was very hard to close Saddles couple years ago just could not do it with lack of staff. I was forced to close.
In the meantime I did open a homestead sim while I was away for over year for members to have a place to go play games and stay in communication with friends they meet though Saddles.
Rock Crest Getaway has 24/7 Jazz and Blues playing for you
Lovely venue , Art Gallery, Coffee and Restaurant for your enjoyment, Pool side bar and dance areas though out venue
Mystical cave water ride for romantic getaway ( Opening soon )
Tunnels go under the venues for your magical adventure.
Michael: You know the Second Life live music industry inside out by now. Do you feel it is in a healthy state at this moment in time ?
If you could do one thing to improve it - what would it be?
Ashley: If I could or had the power to improve something I would have to say more of the amazing talented performers to be given recording contracts there are so many of them that need to be on the radio, They are fantastic,
Michael: Conversely what would you say irks you the most ? (aside from annoying interviewers)
Ashley: I have to say people do not understand how much work go into venue up keeping and how much work venue owners do for this all to take place for there enjoyment, There are so many awesome venue owners that need to be praise for all there hard work and dedication.
Michael: . So - when you aren't running your amazing venue - are there other activities in Second Life that you enjoy ?
Ashley: I enjoy taking photos, also playing games with my friends and drinking coffee. Spending time supporting others, venues , performers.
Michael: Finally, the future ... Are there any plans or new projects that you would like to share with our readers - or are you content with what you have created now and enjoying the ride ?
Ashley: We are always coming up with events that we hope everyone will enjoy so if there any event that someone would like we have a suggestion box at our land point for all your request we are here to make sure you enjoy your second life.