AirAsia is flying British musician Steve Appleton to various destinations in Southeast Asia and Japan, providing him a platform to share his music with fans in the region. Steve will be filming mini travel blogs from each destination, which will be featured on AirAsia’s Facebook page soon. With Sparks, the first single from his new album climbing the charts in the Land of the Rising Sun, Appleton is certainly going places and talks about his music here.
I was 16 and chose to do music. This is a decision that I have never once regretted!
Describe your musical style and your reasons for choosing it.
I’ve always looked upon life with a good attitude, in a ‘be nice to people and they’ll be nice to you kind of way, and I think my music represents that in the sense that it’s always feel-good and up-beat. But that’s not to say things will never change. There’s always a possibility that in five years’ time, I could turn out to be a very different person in the future.
Sparks, your first single from the new album, is doing extremely well in Japan. Why do you think the Japanese have taken a shine to this number?
I had a feeling that it would be well received in Japan before we released it. It’s a song that ticks all the boxes. They (my fans at least) like catchy, feel-good pop music, and I’m honoured that with all the competition around, they’re listening to my music.
A boy becoming a man: I wrote my first album When the Sun Comes Up when I was aged between 16 to 18, and it talks about that time of my life. Now I am all grown up, even to the point of having my own house. I look forward to seeing what album number three has in store for me. I’m already collecting memories for it.
What songs do you listen to when you need a pick-me-up?
Rhythm and Blues – the real R&B from the 1950s!