By DEBORAH GRACE HADY.

Smokefreerockquest has an impressive track record of bringing talented youngsters into NZ’s exciting music scene. With 24 years of history, it has a long list of musical successes, from Joel Little to Anika Moa. Here are just four of our favourites in the Smokefreerockquest hall of fame.

 

Broods

The brother and sister musical duo from Nelson, Broods got their start in the indie rock band The Peasants, which won Smokefreerockquest in 2011.

Now, Caleb and Georgia Nott have released an EP (Broods) and an album (Evergreen), and are signed with Capitol and Polydor records. They have toured all over the world, toured in support of Grammy winner Sam Smith, and have made numerous TV appearances.

Georgia said: “Smokefreerockquest was pretty much what made this happen for us – people are watching and listening for what comes out of the competition and we were lucky enough to meet Joel Little and our manager Ashley Page through it… We seriously would not be in the amazing position we are in right now if Rockquest didn’t exist. It was and always will be one of the best things we ever did.”

 

Anika Moa

Anika Moa has released four albums and starred in two documentaries. With a number of hit singles and enviable chart success, Anika Moa is one of NZ’s best female vocalists. How did she get her start? Executives from record company heard her singing in Smokefreerockquest as a teenager.

 

Joel Little

Joel Little is a Grammy-winning NZ musician and songwriter. He was also a Smokefreerockquest alumnus. Although his high school band didn’t make it to the Regional Finals, he’s now hanging with some of the most talented people in the music industry, both in New Zealand and internationally. He is known for his collaborations with Lorde, Broods, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding.

 

Kimbra

Kimbra is a Kiwi artist with a unique musical sound. She entered Smokefreerockquest for three years, and in 2004, she won second place.

She has now won two Grammys for her song with Gotye, Somebody I Used to Know. She has also released two studio albums, Vows and The Golden Echo.

 

There you go: four reasons to go to Smokefreerockquest this year. Who knows? You might be watching the next Broods perform. Win or lose, Smokefreerockquest provides youth with an opportunity like no other – and Tearaway can’t wait to see these artists grow!

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