Congratulations to Smokefree Rockquest.
Back in 1988 a group people had a dream to promote rock music in schools. They started a competition called Rockquest, and now twenty years later that event has propelled more rock acts onto the national and international stage than any other.
Probably the most well known and internationally successful band is Evermore. The Hume brothers were home-schooled. Because bands need to belong to an educational institution they made up the name of their college, ‘Twin Oaks School’ in Manawatu…and the rest is history.
2008 winners are a Christchurch based metal band called Beneath the Silence – apparently the first time a metal band has taken the top spot. “They beat five other college bands to win a prize pack which includes $10,000 worth of music gear, recording a single to be played on the Edge radio station and $10,000 in New Zealand On Air funding.”
So, congratulations to all the bands that have performed over the last twenty years – it must number in the thousands.
But a bigger congratulations to Pete Rainey and Glenn Commons for having the idea. There has never been a better time in New Zealand to pursue a music career, and a lot of that is thanks to the Smokefree Rockquest.
Here’s a taste of the winning band:http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=8oSQQEQkU1Q