Jack Ate the Beanstalk fairytale ready for reality
A SECOND chance proved successful for musician and Diploma of Sound Production student Nicko Bird when his new band, Jack Ate the Beanstalk, won last week's Battle of the Bands Competition at Grafton TAFE.
The group also consisting of Matt Tolland, Abe Camden and Ben Camden are now set to compete in Lismore tomorrow in the Queensland State Finals, and are looking forward to performing.
"I competed once in a different band years ago, and this is my second time and we won so now we get to play at the state finals. But for us, I guess we are confident, yeah. There's no point not being confident right," Mr Bird said.
"In Grafton we performed three songs and all of those were Jack Ate the Beanstalk originals we put together, but it's not something that's easy to classify.
"It's just a unique sound for us and the judges really liked it."
Grafton TAFE Student Association Officer Angela Boorman said the competition was very popular every year, and was always different.
"We had eight bands in total compete this year, and the winners will now compete at the SCU Lismore Unibar on Thursday as part of Queensland State Band Comp Final," Ms Boorman said.
"We always have very high quality entries, and a really fun day with so many different styles and genres. The variation of age, experience and influences with our TAFE students really shows in their music."
The winner of the state final will receive a range of prizes including $500 cash from the Australian Association of Campus Activities, two BIG SOUND delegate registrations, and a one-day recording package at Tall Poppy Studios in Brisbane.
"At the moment we're not recording Jack Ate the Beanstalk but I have some experience recording and working on other personal projects," Mr Bird said.
"The recording studio prize would be great for us, and would give us a chance to put some stuff down.
"At the moment we've been really focused on some new songs and getting our sound right."