WHO: Congrats on those four chair turns…
PETE: Thanks. Yeah, all four - I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What?’
WHO: You ended up choosing Joe Jonas as your coach. Why is that?
PETE: I think Joe, he was really young when he first got into the music industry. So I thought he would have a lot to offer a dude like me, being young and trying to have a crack. I thought he could share some good advice and some helpful wisdom.
WHO: You also auditioned with your brother, right...
PETE: Yeah, I did. My brother David went first…
WHO: But no one turned for him…
PETE: Yeah, it wasn’t great, hey.
WHO: How are you both feeling about it all?
PETE: It’s pretty disappointing David didn’t make it through as well…
WHO: You guys must have a pretty musical family - there are five of you kids, right?
PETE: Yeah, there’s a pretty reasonable music vibe going on. Mum was into music and piano when she was younger, and Dad was a singer and he could play the violin.
WHO: Did he do it professionally?
PETE: No, he wasn’t recording or anything. He was just someone who liked to sing and play the violin…
WHO: This is all sounding very much like Von Trapp Family from The Sound Of Music!
PETE: Yeah! I know!
WHO: Where do you fall in the list of kids?
PETE: I am the youngest of the five kids, and David (23, who auditioned) is the second oldest. I’m one of twins, and I was the youngest - out last.
WHO: Have any of your other siblings ever auditioned? Or would they?
PETE: Only me and David have auditioned at this point. The others - I’m not sure. I think probably Rose, my twin, could have a crack at an audition. But I’m not sure how good the others are!
WHO: We did a bit of research on you and found all sorts of cute newspaper photos of you as a kid, playing cricket - with heaps of white zinc on your nose! Was that you?
PETE: Yeah, that was me! [laughs] Growing up I never really thought about music at all. Like a lot of kids in Australia growing up - you want to play for Australia. So that was kind of what my goal was growing up.
WHO: And now look at you! What happened?
PETE: I was on the pathway to doing that. I made a couple of under age state sides. And I went to the National Championships. So that was really cool. Then I hit about 16/17 and I was like, ‘I’m not sure if this is something I’d be keen to do as a career.’ I wasn’t enjoying it enough. So I was just like, ‘I’ll just have a break.’
WHO: And that’s when you picked up a guitar?
PETE: Yeah. I realised I had so much spare time, because I wasn’t training three or four times a week. I wasn’t playing all weekend, so that’s when I started singing and playing guitar.
WHO: Your life could have gone in a very different direction…
PETE: Yeah, it could have.
WHO: You must be pretty excited right about now...
PETE: I am pretty amped. And I do have to pinch myself. There is no way I would have thought this would happen.