Nelson College for Girls band Tetra and Garin College group Future Class are among the 30 entrants still in contention for the Smokefreerockquest finals to be held in Auckland in September.
The finalists will be further narrowed down by a panel of judges from the music industry, and on July 31 there will be an announcement of the final six bands and three solo-duos to play-off at the Raye Freedman Centre at Epsom Girls Grammar on September 11. The 21 acts not in the final selection now become contenders for the People’s Choice, with the winner of the voting campaign competing as the tenth act in national final.
Smokefreerockquest founder and director Pete Rainey of Nelson says selecting the national finalists was always a challenge.
“With support from their schools, great role models on the Kiwi music scene and a lot of creativity and dedication, we’re seeing a very high standard indeed from the bands and solo/duos at this level of the event,” he says.
“It highlights that there’s a lot more to Smokefreerockquest than just writing a song. They need the whole package – songwriting, performance and presentation, which is realistic preparation for making a career in the music industry.”
Smokefreerockquest has national winners’ prize packages for bands and the solo/duo winners that include $22,000 in Rockshop vouchers, a $20,000 NZ On Air recording, video and promo package’ a Decent Exposure campaign on FOUR, a photo shoot with Thievery Studio, a branding package from Imaginary Friends and the Unleashed Travel ambassador award, a seven day trip to Fiji.
There is also the MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship, the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Lyric Award, the Lowdown Best Song Award and the Smokefree Women’s Musicianship Award.
The People’s Choice award is voted by text with the opportunity to open the Smokefreerockquest national final.
Nelson Live caught up with Tetra after their Nelson win earlier this year: