Ant Utama is a pop artist and songwriter hailing from New Zealand, who is currently based in Cologne. After a hugely successful debut EP generating nearly 300k streams, and a viral collaboration with MY PARADE on the single ‘Traveller’ clocking 1.8m streams, Ant continues his momentum backed by NZ On Air with his brand new single ‘Biding My Time’.
Born and raised in Howick, and working the 9-5 grind in the corporate sector, Ant, over it decided to pack up and head to Germany for a soul searching adventure.
He started off busking on the streets of Cologne for a living, which he describes as a challenging but rewarding experience. “I’ve learnt so much more about myself, life and people than any other job”. He built himself up over the last few years, despite the setback of the pandemic over the last couple years and is stoked to be living full time as an artist, spreading his music, his stories and representing himself as a proud Kiwi on stages all over Europe.
But it hasn’t been easy. “It’s been a grind. The path of an artist is full of ups and downs, getting your hopes up and getting stepped on, and through all of that, having the motivation and tenacity to keep going, knowing full well that one day, you’ll prove yourself.”
Ant’s new single ‘Biding My Time’ is a testament to that. “I wrote it at a real low point. The music-industry can be tough at the best of times, let alone having to deal with a pandemic. The job is full of rejection and it can be easy to lose hope. I wrote this song with the fire inside me – and with the belief that I’m going to prove those doubters wrong."
Ant’s purpose is to inspire likeminded aspirational people through his music – to give them the soundtrack to persevere and hustle towards their dreams.
“We all go through those rough patches, but rather than suffering through them thinking there’s no end, keep grinding through knowing that the ups and downs in life are cyclical. When you know that no one can take your self-belief” – Ant Utama