TAK­ING THE NEXT STEP

Joondalup Times - - LIFESTYLE -

RAK­SHA band members said it was “the best news to wake up to” when they found out they had won Be­hind The Wall’s Ul­ti­mate Band Camp com­pe­ti­tion.

The win will see the Joondalup-based band com­plete a spe­cialised artist camp worth $20,000 in Lancelin from Oc­to­ber 3 to 11, fin­ish­ing with an al­lages head­line show at Bad­lands Bar on Oc­to­ber 12.

The camp will give the members of Rak­sha ex­pert in­dus­try train­ing, de­vel­op­ing skills in live sound, light­ing, mu­si­cian­ship, artistry and man­age­ment to help take the band from am­a­teur to pro­fes­sional.

The course will in­clude morn­ings of yoga and med­i­ta­tion, lec­tures in mu­sic busi­ness skills, song­writ­ing classes, tech­ni­cal-based con­struc­tion classes and band re­hearsals.

Be­hind The Wall said Rak­sha had the “best and most cre­ative” en­try.

They said Rak­sha showed them they “wanted to win the most”.

“That’s who we want to work with at Be­hind The Wall – bands that re­ally want to make it and want to use the in­dus­try and the knowl­edge,” a spokesper­son said.

Band mem­ber Conor Law­son said they en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause it had “a broad ap­proach to the mu­sic in­dus­try”.

“For ex­am­ple, I don’t know any­thing about lights, but after this I will,” he said.

Band man­ager Rosie Oldham said it was “an hon­our” for them to win “such an amazing prize and will un­doubt­edly help us to the next level”.

“This will help each mem­ber grow in­di­vid­u­ally as per­form­ers and pro­fes­sion­als, as well as al­low­ing us to grow as a band.”

Rak­sha also has gigs booked at Jack Rab­bit Slims on Oc­to­ber 6 and Am­pli­fier Bar on Oc­to­ber 7.

Pic­ture: Josh Wells Pho­tog­ra­phy

Rak­sha are spend­ing this week at Band Camp.

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