interviewed | Troublemaker Andrew Papas

Trying to break away from a boy band image can be daunting, particularly when you were part of a double-platinum group that has toured internationally and opened for the likes of Jason Derulo and Mariah Carey. However, Andrew Papas has done just that and succeeded.

A former member of Titanium (NZ’s second boy band), Andrew called it quits in 2015 and set out on his own journey to become a solo artist. A year later, he released his debut single, ‘Burn it Down’. Setting the bar high, the single, produced by Vince Harder, charted well in NZ but also gained traction in across the ditch; reaching 18th position in the Australian Viral Chart on Spotify.

Andrew had a near impossible task to follow up with another successful single – one he’s accomplished with his latest hit, ‘Troublemaker’. A truly nostalgic track for anyone who grew up listening to 80’s greats, Troublemaker is a fun, 80’s pop single, filled hooks and infectious beats. It debuted at No. 2 in the New Zealand Heatseekers Charts and also reached No. 2 in the NZ Viral Charts on Spotify.

We caught up with Andrew before the release of the Troublemaker video; a fun, feel-good 3 minutes. Watch it here.

What was the inspiration for your latest single?
The idea for Troublemaker was to write a fun song about losing yourself in the moment and having fun. It’s based on a boy-meets-girl scenario where I’m trying to convince her to live in the moment and not think about the potential consequences we have to face tomorrow… could maaaaybe be an experience of my own?

When was the last time you forgot your responsibilities and just lived in the moment? What did you do?
I like to plan my days so I find it really hard to just forget everything and let loose but recently I went to Europe and my first stop was Milan. Had no idea where I was and had no plans to do anything as it was only for the night. Ended up walking the streets until the early hours of the morning getting lost. Randomly stumbled across the best carbonara and gelato I had ever tasted in my entire life. Usually, I would have made myself a strict itinerary to follow minute-by-minute but this time I just followed the streets and where the people were. There’s something really awesome about not being able to understand anyone around you, kind of forces you to focus on other things that you would usually look past.

How did you meet Josh and Djeisan?
We met after my managers set up our first studio session together but going in I already knew of both their work and they knew of mine. They’re both really great guys and I feel really honoured to now be working with them.

Are there plans to collaborate with others on any of the tracks?
We have so many awesome New Zealand artists it would be hard to choose. I’d love to collaborate on a track with Kings though. I think he’s really talented. And also Theia. She’s got such a unique voice and I love her writing style.

Is there a full album already in the works? When will that be coming out?
Nothing confirmed yet but that’s the next step. At the moment it’s just writing, writing, writing. The more songs I can churn out the better odds of writing a bunch of hits.

What has the transition been like from boy band member to solo artist?
At first, it was kinda lonely traveling or recording in the studio or even on set for a music video. Not all bad though because now if I get an idea of what I want to write about or what I want my video to look like, for example, I don’t have to check if everyone else likes my idea, I can just do it.

For those who have never heard of you before, how would you describe your sound?
It’ definitely pop but, I’m not afraid to really hit a high note in full voice. Troublemaker specifically has a bit of an 80s vibe to it, which we kinda just stumbled across.

What song would best describe the story of your life?
Feeling Good, the version by Michael Bublé. I love that song. I’m pretty fortunate to have experienced a lot of awesome opportunities cant help but “feel good” about my life and where I’m at, at the moment. I also just love all those classic jazz songs. They seem to really move me in a way some other songs just don’t.

Will you be going out on the road this year?
It’s early days so I’m just getting my set together and getting everything in line. I have a few ideas on where I want to be this year but you’ll have to keep an eye on my social media for the announcements.

Finally, what’s next for you?
More writing, touring and eventually word domination Haha! I want to be the best I can be and to make a name for myself internationally so I can tour the world.

Find ‘Troublemaker’ on SPOTIFY and ITUNES.