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Article by Arts Leaders – Y13 Elsie Bollinger and Isobel Shore

Video – Dan Salmon

Song 1 - Rockquest Performance (vimeo)
Song 2 - Rockquest Performance (vimeo)


Headroom - WSC winners
Finley Parker James, Isaac Keating, Louis Graham and Theo Salmon (left to right)

Photos:Will Cogswell(Y10)
and Amanda Hailwood

Staff and students of Western Springs College wish to congratulate the winners of
Smokefree Rockquest Auckland Central – Headroom.

Arts and Music Leaders (Elsie Bollinger, Isobel Shore, Lily MacDonald-Morello and Louis Mortlock) interviewed the band on Tuesday 1st July…

On the 24th of May, four year 10 students from Western Springs College performed in the Smokefree Rockquest heats at the Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar, along with twenty-six other groups. They were one of the twelve groups to then go through to the Regional Final, and on the 13th of June they won for the Auckland Central region. The group call themselves ‘Headroom’ and are made up of Theo Salmon (lead guitar and vocals), Isaac Keating (drums), Louis Graham (guitar, saxophone, and backing vocals) and Finley Parker (bass guitar and lead backing vocals).

The boys first formed their group in year eight at Ponsonby Intermediate and have been developing their style ever since. They do a mix of their own songs and covers, but it’s the originals which have got them this far through the competition.

On Saturday 28th June the group filmed a performance (at the St Barnabas Scout hall) of their song ‘A Little Bit’ which they will send in to the Smokefree Rockquest competition. If they continue to do as well as they have been, it will mean going to the Nationals held in Auckland, later on this year in September. “That’s our ultimate goal.”

If the boys come first, they will receive $10,000 worth of Musical equipment from the Rockshop, and the opportunity to record a song and music video with NZ on Air. The boys are keen for new guitars and amps for the group. If they come second or third, it will mean no recording deal but still a voucher worth up to $5,000, with which they are planning on getting a ‘nice mic’, which could lead to a possible EP. Even if they do not receive a placing in this final round the group say they have gained a lot of confidence from this experience and that they no longer feel nervous when performing.

They describe their music as alternative-rock, or Indie, and reckon their success is due to the energy they put into their music and performances. The best part about the Smokefree Rockquest competition for them is getting through to regionals, which they didn’t achieve last year.

Other than the Smokefree Rockquest Nationals, the group hope for more gigs in the short term, and maybe even touring in the future. “Probably Australia.” Their “ultimate goal" is to get signed to a record label, and they are continuing to improve their talents in the mean time through music and singing lessons.

Whatever happens, ‘Headroom’ has done extremely well, and have done Springs proud. They enjoy playing together and are sure that they will remain a band for a long while yet.