PT today releases GOLIATH - a 10-track record, which confirms the Auckland-based singer, songwriter and producer to be one of New Zealand's brightest talents.
Two years in the making, GOLIATH sees PT forging new ground with his sound and pushing the envelope across the musical spectrum. From the uplifting opener ‘I'm Ready'; to the pumping, bass-heavy ‘Signs' and the already released singles - the soulful ‘Moving On', feat. B Wise. and the club anthem ‘R.O.D' - the record's an out-and-out winner from start to finish.
Watch the just-released video for ‘Moving On' HERE
"I wanted the sound to be visionary and future-forward," PT explains. "New platforms for consumption of music have broken down old barriers when it comes to genre. So much so, that much of the new material being released at the moment is hard to stick into a box. That's exactly what GOLIATH is, in my mind - out of the box!"
The record's already off to a good start, with its lead singles ‘R.O.D' and ‘Moving On' getting widespread love on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple. Both tracks debuted on Spotify's highly coveted New Music Friday NZ/AU playlists, with ‘R.O.D' also added to Monster Dance Hits, House Party, New Dance Beats, Friday Funday and now sitting on more than 410,000 streams. ‘R.O.D' and ‘Moving On' are both getting airplay in New Zealand on stations Mai fm, Flava, Niu fm and George fm.
"I'm blown away by the reception the songs have had. For me, the fact that people dig the new music, is a sign that my creative expression and where I wanted to take it, has worked. There's nothing more you could ask for than fans loving your sound," he says.
PT called on some of the best names in Australasia to work on the record with him, including Willstah, i.amsolo and dj sabio. "These guys all have esteemed careers in their own right and added heart and soul to the production and engineering of GOLIATH. They invested as much time in the record as I did. They wanted to ensure what we had would redefine how the world perceived me as an artist through my music," says PT.
The title GOLIATH has a number of meanings for PT. On one hand it represents the battle he's waged as an independent artist, with just a small loyal and dedicated team, going up against the giants of the industry.
It also draws on its biblical meaning: "My real name is Rawiri, which in Te Reo means David, who I was named after. Spiritually over the last few years I've had my own giants to overcome, things I had not dealt with all coming to a head in my personal life, forcing me to take time away from being in the spotlight and really going back before God.
Ultimately that time of reshaping has allowed me to come back better and stronger than I could have imagined".
PT rose to prominence in New Zealand thanks to smash hits like 2013's ‘My Baby'. He's since amassed millions of plays across all platforms and has continued to grow his reputation as one of New Zealand's most exciting live acts, playing shows across the world.