“To be shown love in a country that is not mine is so beautiful”

Last week, Finn Askew marked a milestone achievement that has long occupied a notable place on his bucket list. The Somerset-born vocalist/rapper and producer gave his first shows abroad at Jakamo in Brussels, Belgium and Le Pop Up Du Label in Paris, France before returning to the UK for the ceremony. Brighton’s The Great Escape.

“The fans sang the lyrics back to me. Being able to show love in a country that isn’t yours is beautiful,” he recalls of the gig. “It’s been a crazy experience to be able to go abroad and compete – it’s part of this job, it’s absolutely my dream job.”

The 20-year-old’s international success has been on the rise ever since he released his R&B lo-fi hit ‘Roses’ in the summer of 2020, which subsequently topped the charts in Thailand and made his name known. Askew’s age trended on Twitter in Korea over 24 hours. The catalyst for the latter was BTS’ Jungkook, who shared the song to his Instagram story earlier this year.

Askew revealed to NME that, as ‘Roses continues to be popular throughout the countries of Southeast Asia, he plans to perform several shows to be announced later this year. He’ll also have plenty of new music to play, as Askew is working on new material, including “a bit of disco, The Weeknd-style song,” he said.

Regarding the support he receives from BTS fans, known as ARMY, Askew said, “You guys are changing my life. I cannot thank you enough. [ARMY] Very supportive and the most passionate fan base you will ever meet. They are very engaged and they show a lot of love. It’s just crazy and I won’t change [the situation] for the world. My sincerest thanks to all the BTS fans for making it through.”

Watch our full interview with Finn Askew at The Great Escape 2022 above

https://www.nme.com/features/music-interviews/finn-askew-interview-the-great-escape-roses-bts-radar-3225389?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=finn-askew-interview-the-great-escape-roses-bts-radar “To be shown love in a country that is not mine is so beautiful”

Emma James

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