|Steven Summerstone knows he has to stand out to attract an audience. (China Daily)|
Steven Summerstone believes the young people of Beijing are not so different from their counterparts in his native United States. The musician says this is a refreshing aspect of Beijing's contemporary international appeal, and it helps to explain the local appetite for his music.
"Performing and recording in China," he says, "has allowed me to express myself in all the strange, uncomfortable, and brave ways I was too scared to before.
"Currently I am sitting on 32 new songs and should have around 50 by May," he adds. "With this material I plan on releasing a new album in the fall."
"Deficit spending, wars, and endless social programs have robbed young people of a lot of opportunity in the US and I have tried to capture the rightful frustration young people have while offering a solution: uplifting music and self-exploration."
Summerstone first came to China in 2011 summer, and settled in Beijing after six months of living in various Chinese cities and getting a feel for the music scene.
"I saw Chinese society as a place teeming with life, smells, sounds, sights and opportunity. What struck me most was the day-to-day economic freedom that the average person has in this region. I was eager to embrace this spirit of commerce and entrepreneurship," he says.
"The music scene in Beijing is burgeoning and there's a lot of drive in young Chinese people to be exposed to new culture and ideas from a Western perspective," he says.
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