Will Ashon

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Will Ashon
Born 1969 (age 48–49)
Leicester, England
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Journalist, record label executive, novelist
Labels Big Dada
Website Big Dada Recordings

Will Ashon (born 1969) is an English writer and novelist, former music journalist and founder of the Big Dada imprint of Ninja Tune records.[1]

Ashon was educated at Countesthorpe Community College and Balliol College, Oxford.[1] In the mid-1990s he worked as a music journalist specialising in hip hop for publications including Trace, Muzik and Hip Hop Connection.[2] In 1997 he started the record label Big Dada Recordings in conjunction with Ninja Tune, signing and releasing albums by artists including Roots Manuva, Diplo, Speech Debelle and Wiley.[2]

He published two novels with Faber and Faber, Clear Water (2006)[3] and The Heritage (2008)[4] and a work of non-fiction with Granta, Strange Labyrinth, in 2017[5], "an anarchic hymn to the scruffy edgeland of Epping Forest"[6]. He left Big Dada in February 2014[7], but his new book, due out November 2018, is a return to hip hop - a "genre defying"[8] book about the Wu-Tang Clan's debut album entitled Chamber Music: Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)[9].


  1. ^ a b Marianne Brace (15 February 2008). "Will Ashon: a thoroughly modern novelist". The Independent. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Well Deep release page". Big Dada website. 
  3. ^ Hawes, James (2006-07-22). "Review: Clear Water by Will Ashon". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-12. 
  4. ^ Ashon, Will (2008). The Heritage. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571231041. 
  5. ^ "Strange Labyrinth - Granta Books". Granta Books. Retrieved 2018-05-12. 
  6. ^ Day, Jon (2017-04-23). "Strange Labyrinth by Will Ashon review – summoning the spirits of Epping Forest". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-12. 
  7. ^ "Will Ashon on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-05-12. 
  8. ^ "'Genre-defying' second book from Ashon to Granta | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 2018-05-12. 
  9. ^ Ashon, Will (2018-11). Chamber Music: Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces). Granta Books. ISBN 9781783784035.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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