What inspired your 1950s-inspired image?
I think a guy like me looks best in a suit. If you look good then you feel good, and if you feel good then you look good…make sense?
Your video for ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ shows some really slick dance moves. Where did you learn to dance like that?
I didn’t learn, otherwise I probably would have done it differently…just doing my thing, man. I make up my own moves, It’s better that way.
Is it true you’ve not played live yet?
Yes – as I write, produce and play all of my own material I have had to work a little differently. I didn’t want to go out there with a wall of playback, nor a band that didn’t complement the sound of my records. I’m putting a group together at the moment, and looking to start playing early 2012. I can’t wait…
Your sound is a powerful blend of old and new. Who are you inspired by from both eras?
Cab Calloway, James Brown, Kanye West, Bo Diddley, Nas, Curtis Mayfield, Eartha Kitt, Screaming Jay Hawkins and the list goes on…
I hear you moved from New Zealand to London to kick-start your musical career, and this strategy seems to be working. What was the reason behind the move?
Making it in a small town is playing to 100 people, I guess I was aiming for a different kind of success..
There are a number of good antipodean acts around right now, so the region is generating its fair share of talent, although they do seem to be more dub-styled rather than rock ‘n’ roll? What artists have you been compared to and been honoured to be compared to and why? What artists have been lumped in with that you have found entirely bizarre?
Somebody said Bo Diddley remixed by Swizz Beatz, another tune apparently recalls Beyonce by Screaming Jay Hawkins…an A&R man once told me that if I played my cards right I could be the next Michael Buble, which I thought was pretty fucking hilarious.
What is something unusual about you that you think your fans would be surprised about?
I’m actually a black albino from outer space.
What do you predict for yourself in 2012?
Hard work. And haircuts once a week.