You can help a local band gain a recording contract and become a part of next year’s Big Day Out tour.
Dance outfit BMX was selected as a finalist in the nationwide talent hunt, Tooheys Extra Dry UncharTED, with music giant Sony BMG giving the six-month-old group the nod and a start in the semi-final round of voting.
The winners will get a chance to play on MTV as well as Big Day Out and a record deal with Sony music.
The band consists of former Coolum High School students Jad Lee (vocals and percussion), Temma Lee (vocals) and Dane Wilson (guitar) and Good Shepherd student Dom Bird (keyboards).
Local fans can help the group by going to www.uncharted. com.au and voting for BMX as many times as they like over a two-week period at a maximum one vote per hour.
There is no cost but voters must be over 18.
Alongside fellow Queensland bands Kate Bradley and the Goodbye Horses and Repeat Offender, and Sydney’s Beau Monde, BMX has a one-in-four chance of a start in the final round of voting.
For Jad, the rapid rise is still something of a shock.
“It’s been pretty crazy. We didn’t expect anyone to like our music,” he said.
“The first song we wrote – Theme to BMX – has been the most popular. That’s the one that’s getting airplay on Triple J and FBi in Sydney.”
Jad and Dom have musical ties that stretch back years, but only this year did they decide to extend their computer-based work into a full-band scenario.
“We’ve only been together for about six months as a band, but me and Dom have been making music for a bit longer, and both deejayed before that,” Jad said.
“We got Temma to come along, and knew Dane was good on the guitar, so we got him on board.
“Dom’s the main songwriter. He’s been doing music lessons since he was a little chap – been playing keyboard for a long time. So he does a lot of the music, looping drum beats and playing keys over the top.
“Then Dane adds guitar. It’s all pretty collaborative.”
Having a powerhouse label like Sony BMG select BMX as its finals pick is a massive vote of confidence, especially considering BMX’s recording output, or lack thereof.
“Because we are such a new band we’ve only recorded three songs,” Jad said.
“We’ve just been so rushed playing gigs, with no time to actually record anything.”
The group is also the No. 1 band in the dance category on Triple J Unearthed.
BMX won the JJJ competition to play at Park Life in Brisbane and were already booked to play at both the Sydney and Brisbane Park Life Festivals before their win.
You can check out the BMX sound at www.myspace.com/ themetobmx.
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