1X in Napa finale - When Pete met Pete
So, our week in Ayia Napa is well and truly over. Everything you need to know/re-live/catch up on is on our amazing mini-site (shouts to Online Kate & Cameraman Lee). We had to close the week of live shows with a bang:
...and to be honest, the last show live from Ayia Napa was slightly surreal for me. We couldn't go to Cyprus and not chat to the biggest Cypriot export of the moment. Peter Andre was our special guest and I became the 23,240th DJ/Journalist/interviewer to ask him questions about the breakdown of his marriage, his music & everything in between however where our interview differed from all the others recently is that we debuted some exclusive new music from the man himself and SHOCK! HORROR! - it's actually quite good.
Whether you're on 'Team Katie' or 'Team Pete' there's no denying Peter Andre's got a good voice - his material has just been, lets say, less than credible. Even back in the day, he was working with the likes of Warren G, Brian McKnight, Cutfather & Joe and Montell Jordan on some bonafide R&B but the label he was on decided to push the super cheesy stuff we know him for now.
Now he's putting his money where his mouth is and self funding the new album, he's gone for a more R&B/urban sound and has been working with former So Solid Crew producer AC Burrell aka BlakSmoke and the results are (pardon the pun) pretty solid. We not only had him perform 2 tracks exclusively and acoustically for us at Villa 1Xtra but we also pushed the button for the first time in the world on a track called "Out Of Control" taken from his forthcoming album "Revelation" which has that Timbaland/Polow Da Don style club feel and to be honest, it's a quality track that if it were anyone else other than Peter Andre, people would have it straight away. After meeting & speaking to him and hearing a good portion of the finished album - here's hoping people take it for what it is - quality music.
Check the video below of when I went to his villa, he broke down the other places in Cyprus you should visit (other than Ayia Napa) and the show & interview is on the iPlayer here. Also keep a look out for his forthcoming ITV 2 show, his camera crew were in full effect at Villa 1Xtra so there may be a lil' MistaJam cameo in the show!