After a brief morning tea, we had Tim Daley from CMC (Country Music Channel) chat to us about having music videos on this television network. Much like us performers, the channel has their own brand it is portraying to their audiences … one targeted at the “caregiver who loves this country” stereo type. It was interesting to see what makes good and terrible music videos. When I get around to my music video, I have a clear picture of what I will include to make them successful.
After Tim Daley’s presentation, we had Barry Harley, who is one of the many influential people who organise the Tamworth Country Music Festival. It was very interesting hearing the history behind Tamworth and Country Music here in Australia. As I am really keen to perform as much as possible here in Tamworth, I approached him briefly at the end of his presentation, introduced myself (and what I do), and ended up getting a gig performing at the International Showcase Concert in Bicentennial Park on Monday night. I was so surprised and excited, as it happened in a matter of seconds. To top this off, Andrew (one of my mates here at the Academy) passed me a number to perform at another venue … which I secured. Two gigs in a matter of a minute. I’m pretty sure that’s a new record for me.
The rest of today was full with preparation for the Concert on Thursday. We worked with the band on individual numbers and group pieces, as well as continued to refine individual pieces with various harmonies. The big learning for me is not so much the harmonies within Team KB’s, but with learning new songs such as “I am Australia”. To be honest, it’s not a song that gets a lot of radio air play in New Zealand.