- Publish Date
- Friday, 25 September 2020, 3:44PM
Smokefree Rockquest was a little different this year, but that didn't stop some amazing artists from being crowned!
Check out the winners below:
1ST Place Solo/Duo:
The winner of the Solo/Duo Category went to siblings ‘Ben and Brody’ (Ben and Brody Glanfield) from Rangitoto College in Auckland, winning $3,000 of musical equipment from the Rockshop, a $10,000 NZ On Air New Music Single Grant Recording and Video Grant, a branding package from Imaginary Friends, and mentoring and on-going support from the Smokefreerockquest team.
Brody says that the duo have bonded strongly over music, saying “for us music is a passion. When we work together everything comes easy.”
About solo/duo winners Ben and Brody, Ross Flahive said they “are the whole package, and something we haven't seen yet from another New Zealand act yet. Their songs are well structured with catchy hooks, nice harmonies and well thought out lyrics. Their performance reflects an act that is ready to go."
1ST Place Band:
Red Wav from Aorere College and Marcellin College in Auckland have just been crowned the winners of the Smokefreerockquest National Final, taking them one step closer on the path to musical success. This year’s event was streamed live as an online showcase.
As Smokefreerockquest band winners, Red Wav receives $10,000 in musical equipment from the Rockshop, plus a $10,000 NZ On Air New Music Single Grant Recording and Video Grant, a branding package from Imaginary Friends, and promotion, mentoring and on-going support from the Smokefreerockquest team.
The full lineup of Red Wav is Jesica Siva (vocals), Andrew Faiai (keyboard), Culistofa Petelo (drums), Gene Sipaoa (bass), Taula Timoteo (harmonica, synthesizer), and Jes Silva (keyboard and percussion).
ZM Best Song:
The full list of awards announced at the national final is:
1st place band: Red Wav, from Aorere College and Marcellin College
2nd place band: Haven, from Wakatipu High School
3rd place band: Sandtrap, from Rangitoto College
1st place solo-duo: Ben and Brody, from Rangitoto College
2nd place solo/duo Category: Harry Mason, from Havelock North High School
3rd place solo-duo: Helena, from Hutt Valley High School
The ZM Best Song Award: Ben and Brody, from Rangitoto College
The Rockshop Electronic-assisted Performance Award: Helena, from Hutt Valley High School
Musicianship award for outstanding musicianship: Bella Bavin from Ragaire, and Harrison Maguire from Haven
National APRA lyric award: Ruby Aitkenhead and Ella Whibley, from Gisborne Girls HS for their song “Round and Round”
Smokefree Best Vocals award: Kainoa Ogilvie, from Sandtrap
Congratulations to everyone who entered Smokefree Rockquest, you were epic! See ya next year...