Rockband Update – Term 2
There have been some very exciting events occurring in the Rockband world recently with students involved in a number of activities and achieving some great results.
For the third time in a row RBSC students were successful in gaining places in the Youthrock semi finals. 3 of our bands: The Citizens and Gone Electric from Rockband and The Dawsons, a band made up of senior students with a long history of MEP membership, gained spots in consecutive semi finals.
Gone Electric in action at Youthrock 2014
Both The Dawsons and The Citizens played extremely well and gained places in the final. Gone Electric played really well and whipped the crowd into a frenzy with some very danceable indie rock tunes and were even ranked 1st by Youthrock founder and judge Alan Smith but missed out on a finals berth by only one place.
RBSC were the only school to have 2 bands advance through to the final. It was a very competitive affair with many varied styles of music being performed. In a field of 10 our bands stood up to the challenge with The Citizens placing 2nd, narrowly missing out on the win. The Dawsons also placed 6th with their blues rock, a commendable effort in their first year of competing.
With the many sponsors the competition attracts both bands picked up some great prizes including recording time, music store vouchers and even a provision to buy some gear for the school.
Congratulations to all students involved, lets get the win next year!
Senior and long serving Rockband students were treated to complimentary songwriting workshops recently as part of APRA’s (Australasian Performing Rights Association) SongMakers initiative. This program partners music students with industry mentors for workshops all about the craft of songwriting.
We were lucky enough to have Rai Thistlethwayte from Thirsty Merc and acclaimed producer
Robert Conley (has worked with Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Lisa Mitchell amongst others) host the sessions.
Rai putting a keyboard part onto Gone Electric’s song Night Swim
Both gave valuable insight into the mechanics of the industry lifting the veil on the mysteries of how to make a living from being a musician and some steps to take if you want to get there. Then it was down to business with the four groups of into songwriting sessions with the goal being to turn a whole song around in 24 hours.
Some students needed a little bit of extra time at home overnight and there were some high pressure last minute rehearsals on the Thursday mornings but with the help of Rob and Rai (who even played on some of the tracks) all 4 bands managed to write, arrange and record their very own song in 24 hours.
Many were surprised by the result and needless to say very motivated by their achievements stay tuned to hear the fruits of their labour soon.
Ben Bryant – Rockband