United Kingdom singer and songwriter, Aston Merrygold has been smashing it of late with a stints on UK TV shows “Strictly Come Dancing” and “Lip-Sync Battle.” He was also casted in “Rip It Up,” a live touring dance show, as well as in his debut film role for “Boogie Man.” As if all that wasn’t enough, Merrygold also has opened his own dance studio called BASE Dance Studios. On top of all that, his ridiculously infectious debut single “Get Stupid” has found new life in a recent Samsung Galaxy S9 global TV campaign. Be sure to listen to the track embedded below.
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SunCity Paradise: Kicking it off with your hometown of Peterborough and the surrounding area, what really stands out and makes that area of the United Kingdom special to you? Where would you send a first-time visitor to get a real sense of the area?
Aston Merrygold: Apart from my mums house for that great home-cooked food, there’s city vibes, suburban vibes and countryside vibes. There’s a lot of culture and beautiful parts. To get a real sense, you’d have to go to the festivals we have in the summer.
SCP: What was your first real exposure to music? How did you get inspired to create your own and eventually pursue it as a career?
AM: The first real taste was when I entered a national talent show at 13/14 years old. I came second singing the song “Rockin’ Robin” as Michael Jackson. Having always been a big fan, getting to do that was the starting point of really wanting to pursue music.
SCP: To create music, and traveling to promote it, must be such a feeling. What’s the most impactful and meaningful part you cherish about it? Does the travel help inspirationally?
AM: If I could do it everyday I’d do it! Being on the road and promoting/performing music around the world is the greatest feeling. You can’t help but be inspired. The fact I’m lucky enough to call this my job is a blessing.
SCP: What’s one stark difference between traveling as an artist versus personal travel?
AM: Honestly, it’s always being on your game when in artist mode for me. It’s enjoyed to the fullest, but it’s work and you don’t get to fully appreciate your surroundings. With personal travel it’s all about taking in where you are as you’ve chosen to relax or adventure there.
SCP: When searching for a personal getaway, are you looking for a serene beach or after a more active, adventurous getaway? Why?
AM: I’d say both. I’d like somewhere that I can have a proper adventure and maybe be a big kid. But, I do need that time by a beach or pool to really chill out and recharge.
SCP: Everyone has a list of places that they still have to hit. What are three destinations, either work or pleasure, that you need to see? Why?
AM:Japan, because I’m so fascinated by the culture, and being a massive anime fan it’s only right to want to visit. Bali and the Maldives are the other two, because both destinations look incredibly peaceful and ridiculously beautiful.
SCP: One of our core objectives at SCP is to bring people together while traveling, not only to influence people to see and appreciate our beautiful world, but to also minimize cross-cultural divides. What effect does traveling, specifically surrounding music, have on humans in this regard? How has it broadened your perspective of the world?
AM: The fact I can write a song and feel a certain way, then have the song mean the exact same thing to someone on the opposite side of the planet is amazing! Different cultures, but same feelings. And, getting to meet people when traveling, hearing these stories and have connections is an unreal feeling.
SCP: When you’re relaxing on a beach or just have some downtime are you listening to music? Do you like to switch up the genre you listen to? If so, to what?
AM: Beach vibes for me are one of two. It’s either chilled R&B-ballad vibes or funky/tropical house. That’s if it’s getting live!
SCP: Lastly, what do the next couple of months have in store for you?
AM: The next few months has more music to be released, then a big tour in September and October. There are a few more acting projects I’m involved in. Then it’s just trying to keep expanding my dance studio (BASE Dance Studios) and production company. And, most importantly, enjoying watching my newborn son grow up.