Smokefreerockquest regional heats ahead

Playing at home . . . Taieri College pupil Josh Glennie rehearses in preparation for the Smokefreerockquest regional heats and finals in his school's new Performing Arts Centre next month. PHOTO: NIC DUFF

Mosgiel musician Josh Glennie has amassed nearly 100,000 streams on Spotify as he prepares for the Smokefreerockquest regional competition.

The singer and guitarist will play in his band Tinsy Pam in the Otago regional heats in Mosgiel on June 8.

The heats, and the regional final on June 21, will be held in Taieri College’s new multimillion-dollar Performing Arts Centre.

Last year, Josh was a member of band Bark Like A Dog, whose debut single Tremolo has had more than 94,000 streams on Spotify.

The band placed in the top six at the national Smokefreerockquest finals last year.

Bark Like A Dog has since disbanded, but the experience Josh gained has proven invaluable.

The year 13 Taieri College pupil told The Star the national event was a great way to network with other bands and people in the music industry – including celebrity judges and professional sound and audio technicians.

“There was a whole day just dedicated to hanging out with the other artists.

“We’ve met up with some of them since then and had gigs with them.”

Josh (17) said the band felt some added pressure when it got into the national final last year.

It was relatively rare for Otago bands to get through to the national final, so “it felt like there was more pressure on us and “people just made a bigger deal about it all”.

Joining Josh in Tinsy Pam are former-Taieri College pupil Matt Reid, on bass, and King’s High School student Jacob Roos, on drums.

Other Otago performers have tasted success at the national finals. Among them is former Bark Like A Dog band member, Taieri College pupil Alex Cochrane.

Alex received the Mainz Musicianship award for excellence in on stage skills at last year’s national finals.

He has since played many times and has collaborated with up-and-coming Kiwi rapper Tom Francis.

Alex will enter this year’s competition as a part of new band, Kundalini.

The national Smokefreerockquest winner receives a prize pack which includes the opportunity to professionally record a song, musical equipment, a recording grant, a music video grant, and mentoring by a music industry professional.

Other Kiwi artists to have done well at the competition are Dunedin band Six60, Broods and Drax Project.