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 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.
In 2017 Steven reunited his 80’s synth-pop band Pages From Ceefax with the single New Americas.
Secret Friend’s third album, The Divorce Album, was released April 2018. Starting from six simple demos, Secret Friend plus six musicians independently produced distinctly different versions of the same songs. These featured artists are Sam Robson, Bradley Dean Whyte, Wyatt Funderburk, Bob Remstein, Lindsay Stevenson and Karla Kane.
Steven is currently working on more music for Secret Friend, as well as several collaborations with others.