Lads' future looks good

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:12 04/12/2013
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BOY WONDERS: Moorhouse, from left, are Brock Ashby, Marley Wilcox-Nanai, Rory McKenna and Jason Aielone.

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Christchurch school friends Moorhouse were unknown 12 months ago but thanks to X Factor, they are now familiar faces in many a Timaru household.

"We're excited about playing Timaru," band member Rory McKenna says. "It will be really cool to see our fans and be there."

The live set will consist of X Factor material and the hit song Mama Said, he says.

"We will definitely have a look around Timaru; we will definitely say hello to people. It will be cool to be here as a band."

Technology has changed the shape of popular music. How it sounds. How it is delivered. How it is marketed. Besides X Factor, Moorhouse have had another powerful platform on which to launch their music - YouTube.

Teenagers with a shared vision, with the help of a friend they produced a video of themselves covering David Guetta's hit Titanium.

And it got them some high profile attention pretty fast.

The band were contacted by TVNZ and invited to perform on the Erin Simpson Show and Good Morning.

Twelve months later and the clip has received more than 600,000 views.

McKenna uses Kiwi songbird Lorde's recent success as an example of how the music industry operates now.

"When Lorde hit number one in the United States she could still count the number of gigs she had done on her hands. That gives you an idea of the age we live in."

He doesn't discount her talent or work ethic.

"Her hard work has paid off because she has good material; Lorde is an example of what you can have if you have good material."

McKenna says the band is now focused on writing original material, and there are rumours of an album.

Their debut single Mama Said peaked at eight in the New Zealand charts.

"We've always written our own music," he says.

While nothing eventuated from a meeting with music heavyweight Sony last year, the band's fortune turned around when Sony signed them after their X Factor performances this year.

"It's hard unless you have a machine behind you," McKenna says.

The hard work continues however.

"Going into the studio at 11am and coming out at 6am; that was the most extreme day we had."

The support of Sony has helped with attracting big name producers, for instance, Grammy Award winning recording engineer and songwriter Dru Castro who has worked with the likes of Usher, R. Kelly and Jamie Foxx.

They also have the help of Vince Harder, a regular P Money collaborator who featured on and co-wrote P-Money's hit single Everything which went number one in the New Zealand charts.

"It's cool to have experienced people around us and have them in the studio," McKenna says.

Talk of an album is "all under wraps". "We're waiting for the right time."

Music is full time for the lads.

"We just came off a tour of Christchurch, Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington. We write to relate to a lot of people," McKenna says.

"We've got a good team of people around us who support us including our vocal tutor Nathan Phillips. He looks after who we are as people and makes sure we are doing all right."

Timaru fans will have their chance to see Moorhouse live at Christmas on the Bay from 6pm on Saturday, December 21.

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