Mario Ogle’s new single Wishin' on a Star is blaring up radios across SA. The song was released on iTunes earlier this month – just in time for Christmas. It’s a feel good track that is sure to be on many party playlists this festive season. The track is co-written by Mario, produced by Creighton Goodwill, and mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London! Zalebs caught up with the ladies’ man to find out what he will be getting up to this Christmas.
What are you doing for Christmas this year?
Every year since I can remember, I’ve spent Christmas with my family. Lunch and good laughs. It’s never been any other way.
What would you buy us as a cool present?
Presents are all dependent on the individual. I like to buy gifts that would be of value to the person.
What would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
I’d love something for my recording studio! All gadgets make me happy! Haha!
What's your favourite Christmas memory?
Spending Christmas on the family farm for what was then my gran's 70th birthday. The whole Ogle family and the extended family were there! Good times! My father's mom was born on Christmas Day.
What's your favourite festive song or carol?
I love all Christmas carols! I can’t wait to belt out the carols at midnight mass on Christmas Eve! Haha!
Christmas lunch or braai?
If I was chef I’d definitely say braai! But the ladies of the family always prepare a massive lunch, with each of them preparing their own special dish, so lunch it will always be!
In a Christmas fantasy land - who would be the famous figures, past and present, at your dinner table and why?
Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Prince – I’d love to get into these musicians' musical minds and also get to know them on a more personal level.
Who would you like to grab under the mistletoe?
Can I make a list?! Haha!
What would your perfect Christmas look like and would there be snow?
I’ve never had a white Christmas, being from South Africa, so definitely snow! Log cabin, with all my close family and friends around the fireplace.
Who do you think will be Number One in the Christmas chart
Someone who’s going to make the people dance this hot summer. MiCasa?
Favourite Christmas film?
Haha! Most Christmas films are corny… What was that film called with all the A-listers? That was cool to get into the festive mood!
What have been the highlights for you from 2013?
Just being able to do what I love daily is a huge highlight for me. There have been too many highlights, for which I am very grateful for, to list!
Any New Year's resolutions?
No, I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I believe in goals and having a vision for the year ahead. Things which are tangible that I can work towards.
What is 2014 going to look like for you?
2014 is going to be insane! I will be releasing my new album in the first quarter of the year, so lots of hard work and touring etc.