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Ashton Irwin
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Irwin in 2014
Background information
Birth name Ashton Fletcher Irwin
Born (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 28)
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation(s) Musician
  • Drums
  • vocals
Years active 2011–present
Associated acts 5 Seconds of Summer

Ashton Fletcher Irwin (born 7 July 1994) is an Australian musician, best known as the drummer of the pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer. Since 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer have sold more than 10 million albums, sold over 2 million concert tickets worldwide, and the band's songs streams surpass 7 billion, making them one of the most successful Australian musical exports in history.

Early life

Ashton Fletcher Irwin was born on 7 July 1994 in Hornsby, New South Wales. His father, who is an American, left the family when Irwin was two years old. Irwin frequently moved houses as a child, mainly residing in Richmond and Windsor. Irwin's mother "didn't have a lot of money" and as a result, Irwin would "struggle to eat from week to week".

Irwin's uncle was a drummer in a death-metal band and his step-father played drums in a punk-rock band. Irwin learned how to play drums at nine years old after asking his step-father to teach him. Irwin helped raise his younger siblings, half-brother Harry and half-sister Lauren, whilst attending Richmond High School, from which he graduated in 2012. During his high school years, prior to the formation of 5 Seconds of Summer, Irwin formed a jazz-funk band called "Swallow the Goldfish" with his classmates. Ultimately departing from the band, Irwin pursued a year of higher education at a TAFE college, studying music, before choosing to leave due to his commitment to 5 Seconds of Summer.


In late 2011, Irwin received a Facebook message from friend and future band-mate, Michael Clifford, asking if Irwin was interested in casually playing music with him, Calum Hood and Luke Hemmings. Irwin agreed, eventually joining the trio in posting song covers on Hemmings' YouTube channel, and forming the 5 Seconds of Summer lineup. After months of posting song covers together, the band began attracting interest from major music labels and publishers and signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Irwin has since released four studio albums with the band, each met with worldwide success: 5 Seconds of Summer (2014), Sounds Good Feels Good (2015), Youngblood (2018), and Calm (2020).

Apart from the band, Irwin has song-written and provided instrumentation for other artists, including Andy Black, The Faim and Makeout.

On 23 September 2020, Irwin announced the release of his debut solo album, titled Superbloom, which was released on 23 October 2020. It was preceded by the single, "Skinny Skinny", a track about issues concerning body image, something Irwin says he has "never confronted in a creative form". Irwin stated that "Superbloom explores my inner philosophies and feelings about the walk of life I have found myself on". He reiterated: "It brings me the greatest joy of all that I am in a band that allows me to create freely inside and outside of it".

Personal life

Irwin previously dated model Bryana Holly, with the pair dating for a year before splitting in June 2016. In 2018, Irwin began an on-again off again relationship with fashion blogger and photographer, Kaitlin Blaisdell.

In 2017, it was reported that Irwin bought a five-bedroom mansion in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. In 2018, it was reported that Irwin had bought a second property, a penthouse, in West Hollywood. As of 2020, Irwin's net-worth is estimated to be $25 million (USD).

Irwin is an advocate for mental health.


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with release date and label shown
Title Album details Peak chart positions

Superbloom 37 36 77

Live albums

List of studio albums, with release date and label shown
Title Album details
Superbloom: A Live Experience
  • Released: 20 November 2020
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
  • Label: Ashton Irwin Music Group


List of singles, with year released and album shown
Title Year Album
"Skinny Skinny" 2020 Superbloom
"Have U Found What Ur Looking For"
"Heart-Shaped Box" Non-album single

Songwriting credits

Year Title Artist Album Notes
2016 "Drown Me Out" Andy Black The Shadow Side Composer, drums, percussion, background vocals
"Homecoming King" Composer, drums
"We Don't Have to Dance"
"Stay Alive"
"Beautiful Pain"
"Broken Pieces"
2017 "Ride It Out" Makeout The Good Life Composer, drums
2018 "Summer is a Curse" The Faim State of Mind Composer, drums
2019 "The Promise" Andy Black The Ghost of Ohio Composer, drums
2022 "Let Me Let You Go" One Ok Rock Luxury Disease Composer, drums


Music videos

Year Title Artist Role
2018 "Valentine" 5 Seconds of Summer Himself, Director
2019 "When I Get Home" Ivy Levan Love Interest
2020 "Skinny Skinny" Ashton Irwin Himself, Director

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Category Nominee(s)/work(s) Result Ref.
2020 MusicRadar Best Rock Drummers In The World Right Now Himself 3rd
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