The Saturdays released its debut album, Chasing Lights, in Britain last year (reissued this year with new song, Just Can’t Get Enough) and enjoyed moderate success. But it was its singles – If This is Love, Up and Just Can’t Get Enough (a cover of Depeche Mode’s hit) – that got the band noticed and the girls are now beginning to make waves in both their home country and now, Asia.
Recently, The Saturdays flew in for three days for a series of interviews as well as a showcase concert at Zouk as part of Universal Music and AirAsia’s long-term business deal to bring in Britain’s brightest new acts for showcase concerts and meet-the-fans sessions in Asia.
The Saturdays comprises Irish singer-songwriter Una Healy, ex-S Club 8 members Frankie Sandford and Rochelle Wiseman, Vanessa White and Mollie King.
The group had earlier performed at a mini showcase to launch the AirAsia X inaugural flight to London on March 11. Its lead single, Up, is featured on AirAsia X’s in-flight radio on the budget airline’s inaugural Kuala Lumpur-London flight. Up is currently enjoying heavy airplay on radio stations in Malaysia as well.
At a media session recently, the girls were asked what they looked for in a man. Sandford replied that all of them appreciate a man with a sense of humour.
On who has received the most marriage proposals, the microphone was passed to White, who looked really embarrassed.
She quickly regained her composure and laughingly said that she doesn’t really know. “We haven’t received any [yet]!” she giggled.
Amidst fielding questions about what they think of Malaysia and the food here (they love Malaysia and they were absolutely delighted with the food), the girls appeared happy enough to be able to travel and promote their music.
The girls revealed that their coming together as a group was relatively recent and it’s amazing how they managed to gel and work together as a group.
“We only got together as a group two years ago this summer. We grew as a group and we are now best friends,” explained Healy.
Encouraged by the success of their first album, Sandford said they have started some work on the second but added that for the moment, they are concentrating on promoting Chasing Lights.
Wiseman said they work very hard at what they do because this is something they had always wanted from the beginning – to make good music.
On recent reports about artistes crashing and burning out after achieving success, Sandford said things are different for them.
“People who fall into that hole don’t have supportive family and friends around them to keep them grounded. The moment one of us falls down, someone will pull us back up,” she said.
“We are all family now,” said White, referring to how closely-knit the girls are. “This (their trip to Kuala Lumpur) is just like a family outing.”
The Saturdays will be touring in Asia in the middle of this year and hopefully, they will fly back into Kuala Lumpur then.