Ant Utama is a pop artist hailing from Aotearoa New Zealand and currently based in Cologne. The 2020 release of his debut EP Brave has amassed over 250k streams, with Ant now on the path to completing his second body of work, including his brand new single 'Any Other Way'.
Born and raised in Howick and working the 9-5 grind in the corporate sector, Ant, tired of his current state and much to the dismay of his parents, packed up one day and headed to Germany to follow his heart and his dreams, and it has paid off.
"I was raised by very loving and conservative Asian parents, who taught me how to be safe and secure in life. To them, that was the ticket to happiness. They were proud of my corporate career and were pretty shocked and concerned when I told them I was off to Germany to pursue music. I guess most parents would be, especially seeing their son busking for a living.
"It's been three years now, and I'm slowly showing them that I know what I'm doing. I know they're proud and they're coming around".
Busking on the streets of Cologne, he had many interactions with friendly passers-by, realising he wasn't the only one going through a transformative journey; "So many people are hustling. To change career paths, start new businesses, or simply do what makes them happy. Almost all of the time, they were up against the criticism of family, friends and society as a whole"
Armed with new experiences and encounters through his travels, Ant has found his purpose as an artist; to inspire and encourage people to follow their dreams and aspirations.
"Take a risk in life, take a leap, and have fun along the way" - Ant Utama