Holy Shark

Top 20 Bands 2011 Rockquest


Smokefreerockquest dominated by Kamo 23rd May 2011
It was a hat-trick for Kamo High with another of the school's bands, Holy Shark, which also won the Lowdown best song award, runner-up, and Kamo student Luke Atkins Reilly in third place.Smosh, which has been together for only two months, played all original songs in an alternative pop rock jazz style impressing judges and audience alike at the regional gig at Forum North in Whangarei on Saturday night. One musician who watched the event said that although Smosh stood out, they were not alone among the top placegetters for having a sound and act that "seemed commercially viable already."
Smosh are Year 12 students Beka Malone, Amberly Shepherd, Vanessa Henderson, Adam Ogle and Scott Wynne. The band's name is from first letters of their names.
Beka says she thinks Smosh stood out for the judges because they were "different and tight". "The two guitarists, Adam and Scott, just really meld together well and Vanessa and Amberly and I had worked hard on our harmonies to get them really tight," she said. "But, honestly, when we went into it we didn't think we were going to place. We'd hoped for People's Choice."
Of 30 entrants who performed in the afternoon, nine were called back for the evening final.
Along with Smosh, Holy Shark and Luke Atkins Reilly were Back 2 Back from Kerikeri High School, Mandy Taingahue from Rodney College, The Bakers Dozen from Whangarei Boys' High, Humble Impressionists from Kaitaia College, RnR from Kaitaia Abundant Life School and Ahomairangi from Taipa Area School. Back 2 Back and Humble Impressionists tied for the Smokefree People's Choice award.
The APRA Lyric Writer's Award went to Hanna Olsen of Otamatea High School, and the Smokefree Award for Women's Musicianship went to Breeze Durham from Back 2 Back.
Luke Atkins Reilly goes in the running for a Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand scholarship to be announced at the national finals.
Six bands to play off at the national final in September will be selected from the first and second placegetters from 25 regional finals.
The contest's prize package includes a New Zealand On Air recording and music video grant worth $10,000, a place on the NZ On Air Kiwi Hit Disc, music gear to the value of $10,000 from NZ Rockshops, recording time at York St Studio, 1000 single CDs produced by Forge Media, and radio and TV play.

2010 MAINZ RockQuest Scholarship goes to Kamo College Student

MAINZ Dean Harry Lyon presented Luke Aekins-Rielly with the 2010 MAINZ Scholarship at the RockQuest National Final in Hamilton on Saturday night. Luke plans to return to school for the next year or so before coming to MAINZ but was delighted to be recognised for his musicianship. Attending the RockQuest Final also gave him the opportunity to see the bands who had made it through and a line-up of top local guest acts like J Williams, Kids of 88 and Die Die Die. Luke met Joel Little well known as the guitar player and vocalist with Goodnight Nurse and now composer and label owner for Kids of 88 who was one of the RockQuest judges on the night. As a MAINZ alumna, Joel was able to give Luke some insights about the courses available to him and to have his photograph taken with a young musician who seems to have a bright future.
Reference: MAINZ Music Audio Institute of New-Zealand 24/09/10 http://www.mainz.ac.nz/whatsnew.php ...................Click here for the 2011 Rockquest entry forms