HIGH HOPES: Richmond River High School bands Melted Couch and Next Week have entered the Triple J Unearthed competition.
HIGH HOPES: Richmond River High School bands Melted Couch and Next Week have entered the Triple J Unearthed competition. Marc Stapelberg

High school musicians playing for Triple J recognition

IT'S the golden ticket and it is hotly contested and for high school musicians it is the only thing that matters at the moment.

Of course, we are talking about the rite of passage that is Unearthed high - a Triple J competition for musicians in high school.

Many acts have made a go of the music industry by themselves, but to win Unearthed High is like main-lining your music career with Red Bull, while drinking coffee and doing star jumps.

Most acts never look back.

For Richmond River High School bands Melted Couch and Next Week, expectations are high as they watch the charts with bated breath. The bands spent three hours in a studio at Southern Cross University and completed work on their entries.

Richmond River High School music teacher Ben Wordsworth said he wanted his students to get some airplay and experience music in a real-world environment.

"This school is a melting pot of talent," Mr Wordsworth said.

"This competition gives them direction and makes them work through the process," he said.

Next Week guitarist Ryley Adams said he was thrilled with how their recording came out.

"We have put so much time and effort into getting the song perfect we are thrilled to see that it now is getting an audience and is being listened to by people all over Australia," Ryley said.

Melted Couch vocalist Jamali Bowden said he was amazed at how different the experience of recording was compared to playing to a live audience.

"It really gave an insight into the technology, what is used and how it is laid out," Jamali said.

Triple J Unearthed winners will gain a concert at their school, and be flown to Triple J to record or master a track, be mentored through the process by a famous Australian act.

These include Northlane, Alison Wonderland, Art vs Science and The Jezabels.

Go to www.triplejunearthed.com/high to listen.

Next week: https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/next-week

Melted Couch: https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/melted-couch


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