In 1990 Steven put his music career on hold and moved to South East Asia where he studied Mandarin Chinese, created the very first Chinese language dating website, and co-founded what would become the first independent, Asian-based, multinational interactive advertising agency, winning several local creative awards. In 2000, Steven co-founded BehindTheBeat, creating an extensive online resource of songwriter audio portraits, whose clients include ASCAP.
In 2012 Steven returned to music full-time and created Secret Friend. Secret Friend’s first album, Time Machine, was recorded in Los Angeles with Linus of Hollywood producing, and Willie Wisely and Kelly Jones on vocals. The album was released January 2013 to much critical acclaim.
Secret Friend’s second album, entitled Sleeper, was released August 2015. The new album takes Secret Friend in a radically different direction – creating a fusion of acoustic guitar based pop melodies with electronica and psychedelia production. The album features several guest vocalists, and each track has an accompanying music video.
Steven is currently working on more music for Secret Friend, as well as several collaborations with others, including reuniting his 80’s London-based synth-pop band, Pages From Ceefax.