Tools of the trade

FROM hum­ble tradie to soul­ful per­former, The X Fac­tor's Big T now has plans to tour with in­ter­na­tional rock star Chris Isaak. But first, he wants to take WA's mu­sic scene by storm.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Kaylee Martin

HE didn’t walk away with the cov­eted ti­tle of X-Fac­tor win­ner, but that won’t stop WA soul singer Big T from chas­ing his dreams.

The 22-year-old had his life turned up­side down af­ter making the top four on the hit Chan­nel 7 se­ries, trans­form­ing him from a hum­ble min­ing tradie to a well-rounded per­former.

The Southern Gazette sat down with Big T – real name Tan­garoa Te Tai – ahead of his per­for­mance at Perth Rac­ing, where he said he planned to use his new in­dus­try con­nec­tions to kick-start his ca­reer.

Dur­ing the show, Big T and his men­tor artist Chris Isaack were a close duo and while the sea­son ended, their work­ing re­la­tion­ship did not.

The New Zealand-born artist re­vealed the pair had plans for the new year.

“Chris Isaack gave me his num­ber and bought me a brand new gui­tar, we’re really close off the cam­eras,” he said.

“We’re try­ing to sort out when he comes back to Aus­tralia for his tour for me to be an open­ing act, so that’d be really cool.”

Ar­riv­ing back home in WA last week for the first time in months, the Ridge­wood-based artist said he was still en­joy­ing his time in the spot­light.

“Even just go­ing to IGA and Wool­worths peo­ple no­tice me, it’s pretty cool,” he said.

“They come up and ask for pic­tures.

“I knew it was part of the jour­ney and it’s just so awesome be­ing recog­nised for some­thing I love.”

The singer made his first of­fi­cial per­for­mance last Satur­day at Perth Rac­ing’s TABTouch Kingston Town Clas­sic at As­cot Race­course, the first, he hoped, of many to come.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d447339


X-Fac­tor con­tes­tant

Big T.

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