Two Otago secondary school rock bands have been selected
among the top 30 acts nationally to thrash it out in the
final of the 2014 Smokefreerockquest.
Mt Aspiring College band Oddity made the selection process
after winning second place and the best song award at the
Central Otago Smokefreerockquest in Wanaka in July.
And Otago Boys' High School alternative rock four-piece
Chandeliers was selected after winning the Otago finals in
Dunedin, in June.
They were among contenders from 23 regions who sent in DVDs
of their performances, for selection to compete at the
national final in Auckland on September 27.
Smokefreerockquest founder and director Glenn Common said
selecting the national finalists presented the usual
challenge, with a very high level of expertise in all areas
''What we see at this level highlights that there's a lot
more to Smokefreerockquest than just writing a song,'' he
''This event emphasises the whole package - songwriting,
performance and presentation, which is realistic preparation
for making a career in the music industry.''
Last year, Smokefreerockquest introduced a category for
solo-duo performers; and the top 30 list is made up of 20
bands and 10 solo-duos.
The 30 acts would be narrowed down music industry judges.
The final six bands and three solo-duos to play off at
Auckland's Q Theatre will be announced on August 15.
Prize packages include musical gear to the value of $13,000,
a $10,000 recording/music video package from NZonAir, and
radio promotional support and video play on youth music
Mr Common said Smokefreerockquest aimed to motivate young
musicians to prove their ability and realise their goals in
their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support
100% original New Zealand music.