Tawa musicians take Bandquest honours
October 5, 2017
A group of talented Tawa Intermediate musicians have won the 2017 Rockshop Bandquest competition for the Wellington region.
The six-person rock band, Caution, beat nine other bands at the event held at Little Theatre in Lower Hutt.
They played two songs, ‘I Hate Myself For Loving You’ by Joan Jett, and ‘Ride’ by 21 Pilots.
The band said the competition was strong, and were blown away when they were announced as the winners.
“When they called our name it was amazing. I nearly cried,” bass guitarist Arlo Priestley-Spicer said.
Caution praised the relaxed atmosphere backstage with the other bands, and made plenty of friends from the other schools.
“All the groups were really supportive for each other,” vocalist Madi Moore-Feu’u said.
For their victory, Caution won $400 for their school music department, and a chance to win the national competition, which is judged on the video of their performance at the Lower Hutt event.
Their attention is now on the Battle of the Bands competition at the end of the month, as well as further opportunities in the future.
“Our goal is to stay as band and win Smokefree Rockquest,” lead guitarist Ollie Agate said.
However, this could prove difficult in the years to come as the band members will attend different colleges. But the friendships they have developed this year will remain, they said.
“We all consider ourselves family,” Madi said.