FRINGE 18: 5 mins with Dean Whaitiri

Everyone has a story to tell, including these amazingly talented musicians plucked from the streets and markets of Auckland. From the Streets to the Stage features an eclectic mix of busking musicians including a homeless man turned successful Auckland businessman; a guitarist who has played with Slash, Joe Satriani, Elton John, and Black Sabbath; and even the star of the award winning NZ film, “The Dark Horse”. We chat to self-taught jazz and blues saxophonist (and owner of Galatos), Dean Whaitiri.

Is this your first Auckland Fringe?
Yes, it is.

What are you looking forward to about performing in Auckland?
Promoting the unrecognised talent which is on our streets.

Describe your show in three words or less…
World Class Musicians.

What are your top 3 picks for Auckland Fringe?
From the Streets to the Stage
Wild Ride
Hawaiki TŪ

Where will we find you during the festival?

What would we find if we raided your fridge?
Pork bones and Puha

Tell us about your spirit animal?
Sleeping Tiger

Word Association:
Fringe – Edge
Fridge – Cold
Auckland – Rangitoto
Festival – Fun
Lights – Excitement
Chocolate – Sweet
Winter – Brrr
Theatre – Stage

Dean Whaitiri performs in From the Streets to the Stage at Galatos Thurs 22 as part of Auckland Fringe Festival. Buy tickets here.