“Follow your dreams” - this is the advice Palmerston North singer Haydn Linsley gives his fans. Two months ago he was an unknown 19-year-old. Now he is a member of the newest New Zealand boy band Titanium.
The band went to the Youth Space yesterday afternoon to meet with their unconditional fans, and also performed at the Speirs Centre at Palmerston North Boys' High School.
One of six members, Linsley is from Palmerston North. “It's awesome coming home. I was looking forward to seeing some familiar faces,” he said.
However, being home also meant being under more pressure. “I feel like I want to impress everyone a bit more . . . but I'm looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
Their story started two months ago when The Edge radio station carried out a contest to look for the members for a New Zealand boy band. Linsley auditioned in Wellington at the beginning of August and one week later he flew up to Auckland to be part of the top 10. After another week, he was selected as a member of Titanium.
Zac, Andrew, Jordi, Shaquille, TK and Linsley won the contest and recorded their first single which straight away became No 1 in the country. “It happened all so fast. No-one used to know us and now we are yesterday afternoon on our way to becoming famous,” said Linsley, who moved to Palmerston North from England in 2007.
It's only been a month and they already have a loyal group of teen fans. “I've been listening to the auditions from the start; listening to the radio when they put them together . . . I love the music and I like them,” said 13-year-old fan Bella Norton, who was speechless when she saw her idols.
“When you see them they look like sweet and funny and then they might not be,” said fan Charlotte Speirs. “Having them so close was so cool, we could touch them!” “I never thought I'd be a role model for kids, but it's awesome how many young people look up to us,” Linsley said.
Although Linsley has always liked singing, the first time he sang in front of an audience was just one year ago. “I was a bit shy at high school about singing. That's why the best lesson I can give to anyone is just to follow your dreams.”
- Manawatu Standard