Debatable Thesis, the Bys, 21 SEVEN, Flat Passengers, Jimmy
and the Stale Fingers, the Baby and Three 9ths.
One wonders at the inspiration behind these secondary school
But if they strike the right chords with judges at the 2014
Smokefreerockquest, no-one will care because they could
become the hottest new sounds on the Kiwi music scene.
They are among the 25 Otago soloists, duos and bands
preparing for heats that begin today at the King's and
Queen's Performing Arts Centre in Dunedin.
Now in its 26th year, the nationwide, live, all-original
youth music competition is expecting to put about 3000 young
people through regional heats and finals in 24 towns, from
Invercargill to Kerikeri.
Smokefreerockquest founder and director Glenn Common said for
many of the entrants, this would be their first time on stage
in front of an audience.
''When you're in front of an audience, you get an immediate
response. It's a two-way exchange of energy and it's even
more personal when you're playing your own songs.
''Audience reaction may cause some bands to falter, but
others may play better than they ever thought they could.
''That's the value of what Smokefreerockquest offers. It's a
live experience as opposed to putting a video clip up on the
internet,'' he said.
The top 10 bands and two soloist/duos will be selected at the
heats to contest the Otago final at Sammy's on June 7.
The top regional bands and soloist/duos will then submit
video footage for selection as one of six bands and three
soloist/duos to play off at the national final at Auckland's
Q Theatre on September 27.
All bands are fighting for the national final prize packages,
which include musical gear to the value of $13,000, inclusion
on the NZ On Air Kiwi Hit Disc, radio promotional support,
and video play on youth music channel Four.
There is also the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand
Scholarship for outstanding musicianship, the Australasian
Performing Right Association Lyric Award, the Lowdown Best
Song Award, the Smokefree Women's Musicianship Award and the
People's Choice, voted by text.
Smokefreerockquest previous contestants include. - Kimbra,
Midnight Youth, Aaradhna, Opshop, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Annah
Mac, Die!Die!Die!, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, the Feelers, the
Black Seeds, Nesian Mystik, Bic Runga and Elemeno P.