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Titanium's got steely resolve

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 08:42 14/11/2012
KRISSY DWYER/ Fairfax NZ

The six boys of Titanium reflect on their rapid rise in the music industry.

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Titanium are in the habit of creating history. Not only were they the first commercial, made-by-radio boy band, but this week they have become the first Kiwi band to have three songs in the Top 40 Singles Chart at one time.

It is an impressive feat, considering they only met a few months ago.

The boys - Zac Taylor, Andrew Papas, Jordi Webber, Shaquille Paranihi-Ngauma, Haydn Linsley and T.K Paradza - won a nationwide hunt by The Edge radio station to become an instant, signed, touring band. They even got their own tour bus.

"We didn't know how big it was going to be," said Linsley.

And he's not kidding. The tour - 15 dates including centres from Whangarei to Oamaru - created a trail of excited and bloodthirsty fans. Teenage girl fans. The type, the guys say, can spot them 100m away and know how to chase.

"We don't go out after school hours," said Paradza. It sounds like he's joking, but when you've seen the fans left in happy tears after meeting them, it's hard to tell.

And this is all before the band have even released an album.

"I don't think anyone expected it to go this far or this fast. Within weeks it was just crazy," said Taylor.

It's clear none of the six knew quite what they were getting themselves into, but they had to find their feet quickly.

"We were just making it up as we went, because we didn't know what the end goal was. We got into it and then it was going really well, so it was 'okay, we need to make some plans'," said Papas.

"And we are still doing it, everyday is different. But we've been given this opportunity and it's how you take it and we want to take it far, we want to take it overseas," said Taylor.

For now though, it's back to the simple, normal rock and roll things, like releasing that album.

Although still unnamed, it will feature about 12 tracks recorded just hours after they came off tour.

It's an album, the band say, which promises to defy expectations.

"The sound is an organic sound; it's not the boom boom type of boy band sound. We just thought we would try something different...what we did was cool. We all knew our parts; we all knew what we can do and what we can't, so it was easy," said Paradza.

Having so much success so quickly, and in such a manufactured way, drew some early criticism. But the band welcome the scrutiny, which they believe they can live up to.

"At the beginning we did have some people who were hating on us, before we actually released anything," said Papas. 

"I guess people are judgemental because they don't know. But we do have a genuine passion for it, and we genuinely work at it. We're not just doing it because we have spare time."

"We've put all of our lives on hold to do this, so if it doesn't work out we are pretty screwed," said Linsley.

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