23 August 2012 - 0 Comments
New Zealand’s eight top high school bands have been selected to play off in this year’s Smokefreerockquest national final at Founders Theatre in Hamilton on September 22.
The selection was made from the videos sent in by the top 20 bands (announced last week) by judges Petrina George from APRA, Jeff Newton from NZ on Air and Jaden Parkes from Sony Music.
The judges said the standard was high, and while they were unanimous about the top five, it was harder to decide who should take the last three places.
Jeff Newton, Broadcast Promotions Executive, NZ on Air said everyone had compelling reasons to go through and it came down to looking at the complete package.
“I wasn’t really surprised at the depth of talent of the kids as Smokefreerockquest has a good pedigree when you consider who has come through the competition over the years – people like Jesse Sheehan, Anna Mac, Jason Kerrison, Anika Moa and so on,” he said. “I believe all the musicians have a strong future ahead and I look forward to seeing their names coming before NZ on Air for support.”
Jaden Parkes, Sony Music’s head of A&R and local artist marketing manager said the bands that made the grade are more organic.
“It’s music that seemed as if it was a natural progression from learning guitar, writing music, practicing and jamming,” he said. “I was looking for the strength of the song writing – for artists to go on and have a career outside this competition having well written songs is a big part of it.”
The eight national finalists are:
Luke and Amberly, Kamo High School, Whangarei
Indi, ACG Senior College, Auckland
Intone, Glendowie College,Auckland
Sunday Best, St. Peter’s School, Cambridge
Noriac, Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth
A Bit Nigel, Taupo-Nui-A-Tia College, Taupo
Culture Kids, Wanganui High School & Wanganui City College
New Vinyl, Nelson College
The national final is at Founders Theatre in Hamilton, guest acts are electro pop band Zowie (MTV Iggy Best New Band of 2011) and Auckland punk three-piece The Jury and the Saints. Tickets are $10, doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Fans can get to Hamilton for the show by going to facebook.com/thesrfq and voting for their favourite ex-Smokefreerockquest competitor from names such as Kimbra, Brooke Fraser and Opshop to win flights, accommodation and VIP tickets.
And the Skinny People's Choice winners from all of the 25 regional finals are drumming up support to be flown to Hamilton to be the opening guest band at the final. txt your favourite Skinny People’s Choice regional winner’s band name to 5678, more info at www.facebook.com/thesrfq
Smokefreerockquest, powered by Rockshop, has a prize package that includes musical gear to the value of $10,000 from NZ Rockshops and their suppliers, a NZ On Air new recording and music video grant worth over $10,000, a place on the NZ On Air Kiwi Hit Disc, a radio promotional support for a single, and video play on youth music channel FOUR. There is also the MAINZ Scholarship for outstanding musicianship, theAPRA Lyric Award, the Lowdown Best Song Award, the Smokefree Women’s Musicianship Award and the Skinny People’s Choice, voted by text.
To find out more about Smokefreerockquest 2012, visit the official website sfrq.co.nz.
Photo is Noriac from Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth
Thanks to www.sfrq.co.nz for this story.
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