As a child, Ashton Nicole Casey was raised on a musical diet of country and Slipknot in Estonia and Latvia, where the American artist’s father studied. All this has had a noticeable effect on his daughter’s creativity. Her public manifestation, Ashnikko, is a kind of comic-book heroine with blue hair who describes her work as “sad-girl-feminist, bubblegum poo poo music”. Her motto in life is “trying not to lose my mind”. Within this esoteric universe, Casey has worked with likeminded peers such as R&B veteran Kelis, hyperpop star Grimes and Princess Nokia. Her breakthrough single ‘Stupid’ (2019) featured a guest appearance by rapper Yung Baby Tate. The song became a TikTok phenomenon and her first gold record in North America.