Asia job hasn’t changed me
New Asia guitarist Sam Coulson says replacing Steve Howe hasn’t changed him.
The 26-year-old guitarist, who was hired after Howe surprised fans by announcing his departure in January, has vowed to remain true to his predecessor’s approach – although he’ll apply his own character to the music.
In a recent web chat with fans Coulson says: “Steve has a great classical-style vibrato which sounds great. My own method has always been the sort of Eric Clapton approach, moving the string more horizontally. I feel technical changes like this will give the band perhaps a heavier edge.
He reveals he got the job after Asia had asked Paul Gilbert to consider taking it. “Paul put my name forward,” he explains. “When he told me, I was over the moon.”
Coulson is already at work on Asia’s next album, Valkyrie, and says it’s been a positive experience. “It’s been a challenge to learn some of Steve’s licks,” he admits. “However, the guys are very encouraging when it comes to stretching out with my own ideas in some solo secant, which I am very pleased about.
“Sure, there is always pressure being the new gig in an established band, but I feel pressure helps me bring my A-game, so to speak.”
“I’ve enjoyed getting to know the band on a personal level. It feels fantastic to be part of a world-renowned band and I’m grateful for that. Apart from that, my life hasn’t changed a huge amount, – I still go about life as usual.”