[interview] Multiverse The Narrow | CITO as Special Guest Performer

Date: Friday, 2 August 2019
Venue: Rivonia Barnyard, Johannesburg
Time: 8PM
Entrance: R150
Bookings: http://barnyardtheatre.co.za


Interview: CITO

[interview] Multiverse The Narrow | CITO | Special Guest

MA: Hey CITO, it’s such a pleasure to be chatting to you. How are you doing today?

Hiii… I am wonderful today, thank you. How are you?

MA: Please give us a short background on your background. Which part of the world do you come from? How did music become a passion in your life? Etc.

Okay, so, long story short… I was born in LA, California, raised in New York City and moved to South Africa as a teenager. My mother is Puerto Rican and my father American (of German descent). My passion for music began in high school when a couple of my friends started a band and they let me join, taking up the vacant position of bassist. As I started learning, I became more and more obsessed with music. My bass teacher taught me how to read music and arrange songs. My academics and sports took a back seat. Left school in Grade 11 and went to Joburg Tech to study electronic engineering. Luckily, photography was my other passion, so I left tech and worked full-time in the photographic industry for a bit. My first “pro” band was a 10-piece, old-school R&B group called “Heart & Soul”, which I joined at the age of 17.

MA: You are the vocalist for one of SA greatest ever bands (in my opinion). Please tell us how the band WONDERboom got started?

Wow, thank you! A couple of bands after “Heart & Soul”, I took up vocals and joined the Eight-Legged Groove Machine, which was Martin and Wade’s band. A couple of years later, in 1996 we formed WONDERboom with Danny De Wet.

MA: What have been some of the coolest memories been, as a member of the band?

So many cool memories. Winning the South African leg of the Global Battle of The Bands in 2004 and coming 2ndworldwide at the London Astoria. Winning a gold at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival in China in 2017. Opening for bands such as Simple Minds, Live and, more recently, Guns N Roses.

MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?

Some really beautiful SA bands at the moment. Unfortunately, the scene is not as supportive as it could be; especially the rock scene. But the artists, festivals, productions – world-class.

MA: Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?

BCUC are probably the most relevant and representative band making international waves at the moment. They are absolutely phenomenal live and offer something quite unique. Not caught up in all that peripheral crap.

MA: You will be playing Rivonia Barnyard, Johannesburg, for the MULTIVERSE show…. You have been asked to join the show as a special guest, you must be excited about the gig? What can we expect from the show?

Very excited and honoured to be associated with one of the greatest rock bands this country has ever seen – The Narrow. It’s gonna be cool singing some of their songs and songs from some of our favourite influential bands. It’s gonna be power.

MA: You will be playing Rivonia Barnyard, Johannesburg, for the MULTIVERSE show…. You have been asked to join the show as a special guest, you must be excited about the gig? What can we expect from the show?

Very excited and honoured to be associated with one of the greatest rock bands this country has ever seen – The Narrow. It’s gonna be cool singing some of their songs and songs from some of our favourite influential bands. It’s gonna be power.

MA: Anything else you currently working on that we may be interested in hearing about?

Um, yeah, new WONDERboom songs coming out soon.

More info out soon

MA: Where can people follow you on Social Media?

@Cito1974 
@WONDERboomBand
@BlvdHvnny 

MA: Thanks for your time, look forward to the show. 

Thank you.

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