Nayland College band Muted are ecstatic with their win at Smokefreerockquest. Photo: Supplied.

Nayland’s ‘Muted’ gets Rockquest voice


Nelson’s top youth band thinks their innovative use of a loop pedal during their performance may have impressed the judges.

The winners of this year’s Nelson regional Smokefreerockquest competition for the band category have been announced.

They both win a prize package from the Rockshop and head into the national selection pool for the event’s live national final, held at the Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland on September 12.

Coming first in the band category is Muted from Nayland College.

Guitarist Jayden describes the band’s genre as jazz-funk with a “pop feeling”, and says the band felt in shock about their win.

“We may have stood out to the judges because of our use of a loop pedal and the mixing of instruments,” says the 15-year-old.

“We feel really proud of our music and the work we have put into it. I feel extremely fulfilled.”

Second place in the band category went to The Few from Waimea College and Garin College.

Both bands now join the Nelson regional solo-duo winners, Emily Vartha from Nelson College for Girls (first) and Phoebe from Motueka High School (second), with the opportunity to submit a video of their original material for selection as one of the top 10 national finalists.