With a six year history in Smokefreerockquest, Joe’s Van, is a regular in New Zealand’s music scene. They came second in last year’s SFRQ.  With Cormac Seymour on lead guitar, Rory Priest on drums, and Jake Nicholas on vocals and bass, their alternative surf style is sure to spread some good vibes around. It’s the trio’s last chance at Rockquest, so be sure to watch out for this sick Bay of Plenty band!


Tell us a little bit about your band. How would you describe your musical style? What makes you different? 

Joe’s Van is a three piece alternative surf band from Lone Pine, we have been together as JV since January 2014. We have sort of taken aspects from a few solid genres and ‘liquidized’ it, just making our own flowy genre which we feel fits our music style.


Who are your musical influences/role models?

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Mr Shadbolt, Larry Graham, Sting, Michael League, Victor Wooten,  Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Leers, Larnell Lewis. There’s too many to list really!


Favourite song to listen to at the moment? 

Cormac Going Gets Tough by The Growlers

Rory – Onward by Rhombus

Jake – What About Me by Snarky Puppy


Why did you enter Smokefreerockquest?

We have been entering SFRQ in numerous band for the past seven years so it was only natural to enter again this year. We entered to have a good time and soak up some really sick experiences.


What are you most excited about for the finals?

There’s not one particular thing that we’re most excited for, we’re amped for the whole thing! Yeoww!


What do you think about New Zealand’s music industry currently?

New Zealand music is pretty sick! The scene in NZ is pretty solid ‘ay, there’s a lot of upcoming artists who are rising up and taking the industry away. There’s not too much going on in the Bay, although there are some sick-as artists here. The bigger places like Auckland and Wellington are where it’s at.


Any advice to people wishing to enter Rockquest?

Just enjoy the ride, take every opportunity from it as you can and have a blast. Even though it’s sick making the finals, just being a part of such a sick competition itself is awesome, and you make some good contacts and learn heaps through it all as well.