Friends of Johnny Bigg
Friends of Johnny Bigg

2017 was an incredible year for you, what do you have in store for 2018?

I am about to start working on an album, and I’ll be doing demos and working on it for most of the next few months. I’m not sure when it will be released yet, but we’re just going to get it done!

What genre will it be?

Country! That’s the plan, for it to be a full blown country album.

When did you start creating music, was their something or someone that inspired you to get into music?

I just always loved music, there wasn’t a light bulb moment or anything like that. I didn’t grow up loving country music at all. I actually hated it until I heard the music of a guy called Vince Gill. That’s what made me decide that I love country; he’s one of my favourite artists at the moment.

Do you have a dream music collaboration? Someone you would love to collaborate with or join on tour?

I would love to work with Vince, or anyone that’s a great singer really - not so much famous but just has an amazing voice. I also really like John Farnham’s voice.

It’s closing in on a year since you were on The Voice. Do you have any advice for this year’s contestants or anyone who may be thinking about going on the show?

Just be yourself. I was actually on another show twice and I didn’t do very well at all because I was trying to make sure I said all the right answers and did everything right and it got me nowhere. People will either like you or not, without even really getting to know you, so you may as well be yourself, that way people will judge you on your real self.

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You’ve played some amazing shows in the past year; do you have a favourite part of performing?

My favourite show would probably be Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne. I’ve never done anything like that and it was a really big crowd. A couple of million people watching on TV too!

Do you have any pre show rituals?

No actually, l guess I’m pretty boring when it comes to preshow rituals.

Do you have any advice for other people who may want to follow a career in music?

That’s a good one, l definitely think the whole ‘just be yourself’ advice is so true. I find it gets me a lot further than trying to impress people. It took me a while to get there, but also to believe in yourself and that you can do what you set out to do.

Your music is influenced by country and soul music; does this combination influence your fashion sense too?

I think to some degree, yes. I’m pretty casual, even at events that I probably shouldn’t be as casual; I wore a T-shirt and an over-shirt at the Arias. I definitely go with the country vibe, it’s all about being casual and wearing whatever you feel comfortable in.

Is there anything that you’re loving from Johnny Big at the moment?

Everything! I like everything, as well as the shoes. I’m pretty picky with shoes so I enjoy them.

Friends of Johnny Bigg
Friends of Johnny Bigg

2017 was an incredible year for you, what do you have in store for 2018?

I am working on a lot of music at the moment. I will be travelling a lot this year and doing charity events and concerts including an event in the US, so I can’t wait!

So you have released your song which has done incredibly well in the UK…

It’s No. 2 in the UK at the moment. I’m super grateful for where the song has taken me and I’m grateful for the people that are connecting with the song.

When did you start creating music, was their something or someone that inspired you to get into music?

Music was just a gift that was blessed upon me. I was brought up around a lot of musical people. My mum has a lot of cousins that are really passionate about music so it’s something that runs in our family and in my blood.

Do have any favourite artists or genres you listening to at the moment?

My favourite genre to listen to would have to be old school Soul and RnB. My favourite musician would be John Legend, l just love his music and that he plays the piano, which I love to play as well.

Do you think you’ll release a song playing the piano and singing?

Yeah for sure! That’s something that I have always dreamed of so that would be awesome.

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You’ve completed your last year of school, how do you handle the less glamour sides of fame?

I’m just taking it one day at a time, taking it step by step. I just enjoy every moment and take in all the blessings I’ve been given.

You’ve played some amazing shows, including your tour with Boy George in the past year; do you have a favourite part of performing?

I love watching the crowd getting into the performance, dancing and singing along.

Do you have any pre show rituals?

I pray before every performance, it’s an important ritual for me.

What was your favourite part about touring with Boy George?

I learned a lot from Boy George. I grew as a performer and he taught me about connecting with the audience. I learnt to always sing my heart out and perform like it’s the last song I’ll ever sing. My least favourite part of touring would be traveling because I’m not good with planes. But just getting onto the stage and singing for thousands of people was amazing. It was intense at the start but I enjoyed every moment of the tour.

Do you have a dream music collaboration?

Definitely John Legend, he’s someone that I looked up to growing up and l still love listening to his music.

What would you say is the best advice you have received in terms of following your dreams.

The best advice l received was to never stop, and to never say never. I’m a person who used to say no to everything, but now knowing that not everyone gets the opportunity to do something that they love, you have to say yes. So my advice is to say yes and take on all the opportunities that come your way.

You’ve also had some amazing success overseas, how has this been for you? Did you expect to have fans outside of Australia?

It’s crazy to have fans outside of Australia. Having people in Britain know my name is surreal and I’m starting to see fans in the US come through too which is incredible.

How would you describe your style and approach to fashion? Are there any people who influence your style or any trends you love?

I definitely find myself in Johnny Bigg a lot of the time, they are really great at staying on trend so l know what I am buying is going to be fashionable for the season. I like anything that mixes well so l can blend colours together and match them. Being comfortable is also really important for me.

Friends of Johnny Bigg
Friends of Johnny Bigg

You’ve been teasing new music, what do you have in store for 2018?

I’ve honestly never been so excited for what this year will bring. 2018 is very promising not just for my music but also for me as an individual. I’ve been in Sydney for nearly a year and a half now and constantly working on music, working hard in the studio and it’s been a long process. I’ve had my ups and downs but I’m over the moon that I’ve finally gotten my hands on my single, ‘Paradise’. It has an amazing pop/soul vibe and I think it’s that one track that’s going to make the world go, ‘Oh, Big T’. I am also working on my EP and have my album coming out this year as well as a few promising publishing deals coming through from labels for my music.

Have you got any ideas for a music video?

I can give you a little exclusive, the title is ‘Paradise’ so the film clip is all about my music journey and my paradise in life; music. It’s about finding where I feel my paradise, explained through my song and my journey through my music. Through all the ups and downs and at the end of the day I still always find my paradise.

Do have any favourite artists or genres?

My favourite artist would have to be Beyoncé because l love soul music, and also Ed Sheeran. They’re amazing artists, not just because of their songs, but their journey with music and the longevity of their artistry. That’s what I really admire about them, their ability to transform for new generations. I admire that mindset and that’s the artist that I want to be. I don’t want to become a one hit wonder and that’s why I am taking my time because I want my music to represent me as an artist. I’ve had singles that were ready to release, but something in my heart told me another song is coming. When I first made it to Sydney, I was in the studio flat out working and recorded a song called ‘I Want to Party’. It was finished and it got to the point where it was ready for release but I pulled out because I felt like it should be a song l release further into my career. I wanted a song to start off that represented me and the journey of my music.

Do you have a dream music collaboration?

I would love to tour with Bruno Mars, he is an unreal artist and an amazing, consistent talent. He comes out with hit after hit and can not only sing but dance and put on a great show.

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You are super active on social media, do you have any tips for upcoming coming artists who are looking to have an impact on these channels and break into the industry?

My number one tip would be stay real, be real to yourself and to your audience. A lot what we see on social media these days is fake and you can only be fake for so long and people in your circle can tell. I find that deceiving, because you’re feeding the next generation lies. For me personally I put out honesty and real content across my channels. It is content that I strongly believe in and l think that’s a good place to

After losing weight last year you’ve been keeping in great shape, do you have any tips for keeping healthy?

First and foremost I think it’s honestly about finding out your own happiness. For me I was once going to McDonald’s all the time so I’ve tried to stay away from fast food and cook more. I’ve been into a lot of cooking lately and it feels good and brings me a renewed happiness. I love cooking Spaghetti Bolognese and if you’re lucky you’ll get nachos, steak, chicken or a roast!

You definitely think being happy and healthy affects your confidence?

I believe it does 100%. In all honestly when l was on the X factor close to 4 years ago, l was in a really bad relationship. I was at 145kg and looking back l was very unhealthy and a lot of what was going on with my physical state was due to the mental state l was in. I was emotionally eating and it wasn’t until I found my happiness that the weight started coming off and l became more confident. That’s where Johnny Bigg has helped me so much. I was rocking 6XL at that time and I couldn’t shop anywhere and was embarrassed to even go shopping. People would take me shopping and I would be like, “What’s the point? I can’t get anything”. Johnny Bigg gave me so much confidence but also style, fashion, and happiness too. I was able to go to my shows looking and feeling like a million dollars. They have been part of the journey with me.

How would you describe your style and approach to fashion?

I like mixing my style up, I have a pair of Johnny Bigg chino’s that I’ve cut up to really make them my own. I like being able to put my own spin on an item and keeping up with trends that way.

What would you say is the best advice you have received in terms of following your dreams.

My best advice would be, “if it was easy everyone would be doing it” and this plays on my mind when I’m working hard or in a tough spot. It’s good advice, especially for young kids who are dreaming big, because it makes them work harder for it. Nothing is handed to you and you have to work for everything. I’ve been taking singing seriously since I was 13, I’m now 25 and it hasn’t happened over night.