Q&A: Amitai Pati, tenor with Sol3 Mio

MAMMA MIA: Samoan tenor Amitai Pati.
MAMMA MIA: Samoan tenor Amitai Pati.

Amitai Pati is one third of Samoan tenor trio Sol3 Mio, who are currently touring New Zealand, joins Fairfax Media for a quick chat. 

What's one trick that makes life easier? 

Eating a heap of nutritious food. I love food, so anything that I eat usually makes me feel happy. Chocolate! Can't go wrong there. Life is so much easier on a full stomach.

Which of your own traits are you most proud? 

My ability to work comfortably under pressure. I like to think of myself as a pretty chilled-out guy, so I try to complete whatever I'm doing to the best that I can, without worrying about the consequences of losing time.

What/who is the greatest love of your life?

I absolutely love good red wine. I have had the fortune of being able to try a variety of wines from around the world. New Zealand definitely has some of the greatest reds I have ever tasted. Sometimes when I'm overseas, I try to look for New Zealand red wine. Give me a case of Mt Difficulty Central Otago Pinot Noir, a 1kg bag of potato chips and a good movie, and you won't see me for the next week.

What's the best pudding on earth?

Banoffee pie.

Do you have any recurring dreams?

I usually dream about flying. I don't have a specific destination but everything just seems so much easier.

You can only listen to one album for the rest of your days. Which is it?

An album of Mozart's piano pieces and concertos. I had one as a kid and can remember a few pieces from it. I rememberleaving it on replay the whole day and just sitting listening to it, while trying to figure out how many fingers the person playing it had because there were so many notes.

Four dream dinner party guests, living or dead? 

Michael Jackson, Luciano Pavarotti, Kevin Hart and Eddie Murphy. I always wanted to see Michael Jackson live in concert and remember taking a cassette tape of his to school one time. The kids in my class thought I was awesome.

If you could make the whole world read one book, what would it be?

Inferno by Dan Brown. It talks a lot about the world's problems and overpopulation. I think we all need to take a step back and look at what we're doing to this world before attempting anything new.

What are you insecure about?

The only thing I've ever been insecure about is performing for the first time at university. It's always tough the first time.

Give your teenage self some advice.

Try harder in school! Don't do everything just to get by. Give everything you have to achieve the best results you can get. Don't settle for second place. Always try to beat your previous score. That's how you get results.

What has life taught you so far?

To be firm, but fair. A lot of the time, people are too nice for their own good. I have found that you can't always get whatyou want just by being nice. The only way that people will take you seriously is if you are serious with them. That doesn't mean that you can just be blatantly forceful with someone. Just stepping back and explaining something simply can make a world of difference.

Sol3 Mio's self-titled debut album is out now.

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