Tio Massing is a singer/songwriter from Ambrym island in Vanuatu. He grew up immersed in traditional practices, customs and stories. His interest in music was born from his early encounters with the traditional ‘tam tam’ (a wooden slit-drum) and songs in his language, Daakaka.
Tio has performed in reggae and roots groups, Koncerners and Dropvcull while in port Vila and has collaborated with many artists from across the Pacific, Africa and Europe countries including members of Airileke, Blue King Brown, Kalja Riddim Klan, Simangavole, Kaumaakonga, Impossible Odds, Hermann Hartel, Natano Pasifika, Rize of the Morning Star, Tabura and Black Rose.
A talented multi-instrumentalist, Tio switches between violin, ukulele, guitar, tam tam, djembe and bush bass. He is driven by his passion to mix traditional and contemporary beats and styles and share them with other musicians. Through his music, he hopes to share his culture and language throughout Australia, the Pacific and the rest of the world.
In the time he spends in Vanuatu, he works encouraging Ni-Vanuatu youth to use local instruments and create music based on their unique cultural rhythms and mother tongues.
His debut solo release self-titled EP, was warmly received in both his native Vanuatu as well as in Australia. The first single 'Black Butterfly' from Tio's debut album Sorousian is out now with the album due in late 2020.