Six60 bassist and synth player Chris Mac with members of
Kaikorai Valley College's Instant Crush (from left)
12-year-olds Lynley Durham, Hamish King, Amanda Fiveash and
Edward Bernhardt during a mentoring session. Photo by Peter
Don't forget your roots.
Not only is it a triple platinum-selling single from Dunedin
band Six60, but a philosophy of band bassist and synth player
So much so, he has been at Kaikorai Valley College for the
past two days, mentoring music pupils in songwriting,
performance and career options in the music industry - all as
part of the New Zealand Music Commission musicians mentoring
in schools programme.
''I love it. When I was a kid, I got to go to something like
this. It taught me a lot about music and the industry.
''That's where I learnt to be in bands and write songs. I
wouldn't be here without that.''
The musicians mentoring in schools programme is funded by the
Ministry of Education and supports pupils and teachers with
achievement in NCEA music.
For year 8 pupils at Kaikorai Valley College yesterday, it
was an awe-inspiring experience.
The room was silent for the first few minutes but it did not
take long for the pupils to get over their nerves and perform
in front of the rock star.
Edward Bernhardt said it was an awesome experience.
''He's the best mentor.
''He's quite funny, but also quite rude.''
Mac's visit to Kaikorai Valley College was the first of what
he hoped would be many to schools across Otago, Southland and
Canterbury in the coming months.
However, the visits will have to be slotted in between
touring engagements with Six60.
Next week, he is heading to Europe for a month-long tour.