The first year of our SoundRise Project in collaboration with the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) has come to an end. It has been an incredible four rounds of quality grassroots kiwi music, making it a difficult task for the judges to pick the finalists, let alone the winners!
Featuring fantastic music in a range of genres from the talented MAINZ students, the SoundRise Project has given the winning students a chance to showcase their music on a global stage.
Fusion’s StereoActive leads the market in portable, purpose-build marine stereo systems. With the winning track from each round featuring on StereoActives for Fusion’s salespeople worldwide, these tracks will be heard all around the world in at least 42 countries – an opportunity that not many aspiring Kiwi artists get the chance to grab!
Have a listen to Round Four’s finalist tracks on SoundCloud here or read on to meet the winners of this final round, and the overall winner for our first year of SoundRise!
With the huge amount of talent we’ve seen so far in SoundRise 2017, we can’t wait to see what our next four rounds this year will bring.
Round Four Finalists:
David Brooks – Tonic Solution
Inspired by electronic bass music (mostly drum and bass), David Brooks has been studying and creating music at MAINZ for the last two years, along with DJing as a hobby. Tonic Solution is a song about the progress we make through life; self-discovery and how both the good and the bad times shape who we become.
Lune – Alone
Written and produced by MAINZ student, Lune (Arthur Mayer), Alone is a catchy track that will keep you humming along the whole way through.
Teezytaughtme – White Ether
An artist from Christchurch, New Zealand, Teezytaughtme is new to the game, although certainly doesn’t lack the skills for music production, MCing and DJing! Preferring to remain diverse in his musical creations with trap, hip hop and electronic instrumentation inspired by emerging and demerging genres like vaporwave, niche trap, future bass and old vinyl records, White Ether combines many of these elements to take you on a musical journey.
Josephicles and Christov – Come Dubsters
Created by two MAINZ students on a mission of cosmic importance, the electronic dub jam, Come Dubsters, was created to take you on a journey and “rid the galaxy of average sound waves that perforate the ear holes of the innocent.”
Round Four and Overall Winner:
ERAA – Fix Yourself
This youthful New Zealand songwriter and musician grew up in Rotorua, spending every fleeting moment in her bedroom writing acoustic songs reflecting the troubles of an adolescent. Recent years have seen her music take a more intimate writing style, transforming her once introspective acoustic songs into a collection of captivatingly euphoric tracks.
Fix Yourself, her winning song, will have you singing along in its catchy and upbeat style, waving goodbye to anyone who has ever tried to drag you down. Representing all things current in the pop music scene, along with the unique writing style, demonstrates all that ERAA stands for.
ERAA took out round four as well as the grand prize for SoundRise 2017. Congratulations!