EXCLUSIVE: Titanium talk One Direction comparisons and working with Big Time Rush!
Being an all-male pop group formed through a talent show, it’s no surprise that Kiwi hitmakers Titanium often find themselves being compared to One Direction. But Zac Taylor, TK Paradza, Andrew Papas, Jordi Webber, Haydn Linsley and Shaquille Paranihi-Ngauma insist they’re more than just your cookie-cutter boy band.
The six-piece group – who came together last year through a radio promotion – have taken New Zealand by storm, becoming the first band in the country’s history to have four singles in the top 40 at the same time. But while they’re not selling out Madison Square Garden just yet, they certainly have their sights set on achieving the goal.
Speaking to MTV Australia while on a fleeting visit to Sydney this week, the boys explained that they are certainly flattered by comparisons to 1D.
“It’s quite a big compliment I suppose if you look at how successful they’ve been, [but] you know we’re very different from them,” explained Haydn.
“First of all, there’s six of us and whereas they kind of like to take the piss out of dancing, we actually really get into it. The boys do a lot of choreography for us, we do it all ourselves.”
The lads list *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and The Jackson 5 among their greatest boy band influences, but when it comes to homegrown talent, there’s one female songbird that’s really made her mark on the band.
“At the moment I think we all look up to Lorde right now because she is cracking it!” revealed Jordi.
“She’s a little 16-year-old girl and she’s just taking the world by storm, I think that’s a blimmin’ good achievement so all of us are pretty proud of her right now.”
And with America set in their sights, the boys insist they’re working hard on new material to wow the pants off record labels in the US, and have also just released their new single ‘Unarmed,’ which was written by BTR and produced by Los Angeles-based producer and songwriter Toby Gad.
“He worked on ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ by Fergie and ‘If I Were a Boy’ by Beyonce, so he’s done some pretty big songs. It’s great to have the opportunity to work with people like that,” added the boys.
Keep it locked to MTV.com.au for our full interview with Titanium – coming soon!