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Teenagers record their own songs during summer rock camp Continued from page 1. “While we had a pretty tight schedule it was great to explore different sounds and music types and then come out with an idea that worked for all of us.” Vow’s band colleague, Dominic Whipps, says having the different music types combined helped to create unique sounds. “The different styles in which people are playing their in-

struments really came out,” Dominic says. The 16-year-old usually plays blues tunes on his six strings however the summer rock camp encouraged him to try harder, more punky sounds. Apollo Music manager Jake Stokes who organised the programme together with other professional musicians from Wellington says he was im-

pressed to see the students coming together as a cohesive unit to play. “Making music together is like having a conversation, and they did a pretty good job communicating,” Jake says. “Ever yone individua lly sounded awesome, but all of them together sound better than the sum of its parts.” The young rockers recorded


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Jake, Bianca, Dominic, Vow and Anna recently released their songs. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

their five songs during no more than three live takes with instruments and just over two hours for vocals – in comparison, professional musicians usually spend days or even weeks to record just one song “I believe, everybody took their songs home with them and re-played in their heads at the dinner table and before they went to bed.” Anna Linklater, also from Fish, and Bianca Webb, vocalist of band Infamous, both had their fathers encouraging them to join the camp and feel excited to see their music licensed and online on Spotify and other music applications. “It’s pretty cool to see what we have done together,” Anna says. She hopes the rock school has taught her the skills needed to write a song all by herself one day.  To listen to the songs of Infamous, Fish and Solar Signal, visit or find their music on Spotify or Soundcloud. Apollo Music also plans another rock camp from July 17-20. Find more information on their website.

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Heading off to new adventures By Julia Czerwonatis

Dear community, my time at the Independent Herald has come to an end as I’m packing my bags to leave this beautiful city and explore new corners of the world. It’s been an incredible time here for me, and I’d like to thank everyone who has shared their stories and given me a chance to write about their amazing projects, visions, life stories and work. During the year I encountered some truly inspiring people whose

words moved me deeply and left me with a lasting impression. My hope is that some of the articles I wrote equally inspire others. Thanks also to all our readers for your appreciation, your critique, and your support. It’s for you that we write our local papers so your input has always been and will stay important to us. My partner and I are leaving for Europe to visit my family in Germany and see friends scattered over the continent before we hop onto the Trans-Siberian train

to see Russia and central Asia in the midst of winter. We will be spending two months in Japan, and then finally, I get to see the place I have been dreaming of visiting for years and years: Alaska. Our journey will give me plenty of time to write, and I’ll post my stories online on in case you are interested in following our story.

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