5 QUESTIONS WITH JAMES TITO (Modern Māori Quartet)
1. What's it like performing SOLO without the Modern Māori Quartet boys?
It definitely is more lonely up on stage and I'm definitely way less funny. Probably the only thing I enjoy is perhaps a different kind of freedom.
I'm the least musical of the boys
I'm the least musical of the boys in terms of keeping in time so playing solo means I don't put the boys off! I love my brothers and we've done heaps together. We are one big random Maaori whaanau who happen to sing too.
2. What do you hope to achieve within your musical career?
I think the main buzz for me is simply storytelling and doing that as truthfully as I can whether that be part of a group, solo or in business. At first my dream was to perform around the world doing what i love. And we've definitely done that, performing all over the world and throughout Aotearoa. But i am hungry for more :)
Modern Māori Quaret tour 2016
International showcase 2015
It was my childhood dream to travel around the world doing what i love
3. What do you think about the state of music today?
Like everything in life - things change. And luckily as humans, we are great natural adapters - though we mostly dislike change if it's too difficult or unsuitable. Music is definitely not what it was and stories are no longer from the soul, particularly in a mainstream sense, bar a few artists. (Adele, Bruno Mars etc). All I can do is put out there my stories and how I want to tell them. At the end of the day - soul and heart are the real currency and that will always triumph.
• FAVORITE ALBUM •
Killer stories/Killer feels/Killer musicians
L.A.B. is the only band I've actually gone hearty fan on. They're boss.
4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still doing what I love with people I love. I'm definitely at a stage where I love being my own boss and doing my own thing. I have an amazing fiancé who challenges and looks after me - with her by my side - I will reach my potential. There is definitely something to be said of the union between two people that love and care for each other. It is a powerful force.
There is definitely something to be said of the union between two people that love and care for each other. It is a powerful force.
5. What is the secret to success?
I believe the first step towards that is to identify what that means to you and for you. It varies from person to person and I guess the obvious measure is in wealth. Especially within western society. I'll always remember a saying - the most important things in life aren't things.
The most important things in life are not things.
For me - success will be finding the balance between my ambition and time spent with loved ones. It will be those fleeting moments of sitting in the present. It will be those moments of reflections where I discover how crap I am and that I am just a human. It will be waking up every day and knowing I've made a difference to something other than the toilet seat.
Waking up every day and knowing I've made a difference to something other than the toilet seat.
4 years old.
Thank you guys for reading.
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Mr. Tito X