Monday, 04 Sep 2017

2017 Smokefree Rockquest and Pacifica Beats Winners

Punk rock three piece Minimal Silence from Howick College took out the national final of Smokefreerockquest at the Dorothy Winstone Centre at Auckland Girls Grammar on Saturday night.

The band has been together for four years, and competed in Smokefreerockquest three times. Logan Anderson (bass player and vocalist), said they were all very nervous: “When we didn’t get announced as second placed we thought we had missed out – it was awesome to come first.”

The other band members are Sabastian Munro (lead guitar) and Mark Tohovaka (drums). They plan to stay together as a band when they leave school at end of this year, with Logan and Mark intending to study sound engineering, while Sabastian plans to take up a trade.

Minimal Silence win $10,000 in musical equipment from the Rockshop, plus an $8,000 recording and music video grant from NZ on Air and a branding package from Imaginary Friends.

Indie-rock four piece Daffodils from Western Springs College and Kristin School (Theodore Salmon (lead guitar and vocals), Isaac Keating (drums), Jade Bryham (keyboards and backing vocals) and Louis Graham (bass and backing vocals) took second place, for the second year running, winning $5,000 in musical equipment from the Rockshop. They also won the Lowdown Best Song Award, for Staring at the Sun, which they will get professionally recorded.

The winner of the solo duo category was Sonatane Kaufusi from Manurewa High School, who sings and plays keyboard and guitar. He wins $3,000 in musical equipment from the Rockshop, plus a recording and music video grant from NZ on Air and a branding package from Imaginary Friends.

Congratulations also to the APRA Lyric Award winners, Cheery Moon from Wakatipu High in Queenstown.

The judges were Chris Mac from Six60, Joe Farris from Ezra Vine, Lani Purkis from Elemenop and Delete Delete, Stephen Marr from Doprah and Jeff Newton from NZ on Air.

Mean while, six piece soul outfit Jubilee from Aorere College (Soakai Malamala (synth, brass, keys), Irene Folau (vocals) John Pio (bass), David Fuimaono (drums), Tylah Samaeli (vocals) and Christian Schmidt (guitar) took out the national final of Smokefree Pacifica Beats on Friday evening.

They win an $8,000 song and video recording package from New Zealand On Air and $3,000 in musical equipment from Rockshop. 

9-piece band Blessed from Manuwera High School took second place, and first place in the solo/duo duo category went to Rose Campbell from Wairoa College, who won the Smokefree Mana Wahine Award last year.

The judges were Priya Sami from Trip Pony, musician Seth Haapu and Hannah Brewer from NZ on Air. 

This year Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats attracted a record 850 entrants nationwide, who competed over winter in 37 heats and finals from Invercargill to Whangarei.

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