Teens to shake Gibb­ston

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

A group of Cen­tral Otago mu­si­cians who have been friends since preschool have come a long way from play­ing in front of small crowds at com­mu­nity events in Roxburgh.

J-Chill – a band made up of Josh John­ston (lead singer), Jor­dan Dance (lead gui­tarist), Blaine McGann (bass gui­tarist), Jesse Or­chard (per­cus­sion­ist) and Alex Dar­ling (key­board) – is play­ing the open­ing act at the Gibb­ston Val­ley Win­ery Sum­mer Con­cert.

Lead singer Josh John­ston said he formed J-Chill at the start of 2015, when do­ing a sum­mer job berry pick­ing. The thought struck him that his close friends could all play the in­stru­ments to form a band.

The band was given the name ‘‘J-Chill’’ as it was made up of three Js and they were ‘‘just a chill band’’.

J-Chill based their songs on how suit­able the melody was for the lead singer. They be­lieved mu­sic nowa­days had be­come lost in the techno world and should be brought back to more use of live in­stru­ments.

The band started per­form­ing at lo­cal com­mu­nity events, then in 2016 things kicked off with J-Chill sign­ing up to per­form at Big Break, then at Queen­stown’s Win­ter­fest event. That gave them a taste of gig­ging away from home and to a dif­fer­ent, much big­ger crowd.

John­ston said they were con­tacted about two months ago ad­vis­ing they were go­ing to play at the Gibb­ston Val­ley con­cert.

‘‘We still can’t put into words how amaz­ing an op­por­tu­nity it is. It is just ab­so­lutely amaz­ing to think that we will be per­form­ing on the same stage as some of the greats, for ex­am­ple, Bon­nie Tyler. At the start of 2016 we made a goal to push our­selves to get some­where. We started to per­form at lo­cal events and even­tu­ally de­cided to take it out of Roxburgh and go some­where where we can make a name for our­selves. The first event that we per­formed at out of Roxburgh was Queen­stown’s Big Break.

‘‘We waited and waited for that call (for Gibb­ston) and when it hap­pened we were just over the moon. We couldn’t be­lieve it, we were just so bloody happy to have this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity handed to us.

‘‘We aren’t re­ally ner­vous yet. We still are just so ex­cited that it’s ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing. But I bet you when it comes to the day we will be shak­ing.’’

GOT IT IN ONE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Josh John­ston, 17, is the lead singer of the Roxburgh band J-Chill (in­set) that is play­ing the open­ing act at the 2017 Gibb­ston Val­ley Con­cert.

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