Titanium's Jordi talks about debut album

By Kristin Macfarlane

Local face in NZ boy band looking forward to debut album's release

Rotorua's Jordi Webber is one of six reasons why teenage girls around the country have been screaming their heads off over the past few months and no doubt the screaming is about to grow louder.

Jordi, with Whakatane's Zac Taylor and other members Andrew Papas, Shaquille Paranihi-Ngauma, Haydn Linsley and TK Paradza, make up New Zealand's first official boy band Titanium - and tomorrow their debut album, All For You, will be released in-store and online.

Jordi, 18, said he and the rest of the band were looking forward to the rest of New Zealand hearing the album, which he described as having a "real organic" sound to it.

He told The Daily Post the songs didn't have the typical boy band or New Zealand sound to it.

"I think it's quite international."

And although he expects the band to enjoy the album's release, they wouldn't do anything major to celebrate it because they were so full-on until the end of January.

On Saturday, they will perform at Auckland's Coca Cola Christmas in the Park and then all this month and next they have more gigs, including performances at summer festivals.

Each band member wants a bit of down time at Christmas. Jordi will spend two days with his family in Rotorua and Papamoa. But the band will be back working from Boxing Day.

Titanium members came together as part of a boy-band competition run through The Edge radio station in August.

It wasn't long before they started making their mark on the Kiwi music scene.

Their platinum-certified first single Come on Home debuted at No 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 Singles Chart, their cover of Jason Mraz's I Won't Give Up also made its debut on the singles chart, followed closely by the second official single, Sky - making Titanium the first New Zealand artist to have three songs in the New Zealand Top 40 singles chart at the same time.

Since their formation, Titanium have completed a nationwide tour, during which they played 15 shows to more than 7000 screaming fans in just 16 days, received more than one million views on YouTube, gathered an army of dedicated fans who call themselves the Titans; and were the support act for Hot Chelle Rae and Cher Lloyd.

Now they prepare for the release of their new album, which features their single Sky, which all members had an input in writing. The rest of the songs were written by Jason Mraz and Kiwi artist and songwriter Vince.

Jordi is encouraging Rotorua residents to go out and get the band's music.

"Everyone get the album, help us boys out."

Next year, Jordi said, the band would like to make another album and tour and visit Australia and other countries.

"Us boys really want to go over to Australia ... show our faces, get to know that industry," Jordi said.

Meanwhile, this week it was announced that Titanium and record label Illegal Musik were to part ways.

On the Illegal Musik Facebook page on Monday night, chief executive Mark Arona updated a status which announced the split.

"We have enjoyed our time selecting, creating, recording, mentoring, creating live shows, touring, styling, photo shoots, artwork, the videos, singles to producing a finished fully polished Album we believe everyone will love," the status said.

"We have handed over full ownership to The Edge radio station who have ... signed the boys. They are now responsible for taking Titanium forward and we wish them all the best."

The status said Illegal Musik had done its best to make Titanium "a credible group and not a radio gimmick" and wished the band the best.

Soon after the announcement, a Twitition (a Twitter petition) was started to get Illegal Musik to manage Titanium again and had attracted 54 signatures in 20 hours.

Jordi said both The Edge and Illegal Musik were two credible and major players in the music industry and "there was just a lot of things between the two groups". He said a decision had to be made.

"It is the best option for us ... we'll see where it takes us."

- Rotorua Daily Post

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