Girls on TV quest

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - By SALLY KID­SON

School’s out for mu­si­cians Anna Robin­son and Livvy Nott, and the tal­ented pair are start­ing their gap years with a bang.

The duo fly to Auck­land on Satur­day, a day after Anna’s last exam in me­dia stud­ies, to take part in the X Fac­tor New Zealand live au­di­tions.

Other mu­si­cians from the Nel­son re­gion will join them, all hop­ing for na­tional ex­po­sure and a lucky break.

All up, 300 peo­ple from around the coun­try will take part. The show starts early next year.

‘‘For us it is re­ally ex­cit­ing. We’ve done Rock­quest but X Fac­tor is dif­fer­ent,’’ Anna says.

Livvy says they hope they to show peo­ple what they can do and to ‘‘get no­ticed maybe’’.

‘‘It’s a bit harder to do it when you are just do­ing gigs around a small town.’’

Their col­lege days are over but Anna and Olivia – who per­form as ELAE – will take the en­cour­age­ment and tu­tor­age of Garin Col­lege teacher Kyle Prof­fit with them on to the stage.

‘‘We wouldn’t be here with­out him,’’ Livvy says.

‘‘He’s prob­a­bly the best mu­sic teacher in New Zealand. He’s just amaz­ing. He’s re­ally con­nected with his stu­dents and takes the time of day,’’ Anna says.

‘‘He’s just re­ally, re­ally good and he re­ally cares what his mu­sic stu­dents are do­ing.’’

Kyle had en­cour­aged the girls to play to­gether, and has helped them be­lieve in them­selves.

‘‘To have that ex­tra per­son telling you are are quite good, you can to this if you want to . . . ’’ Livvy says.

ELAE is the lat­est of a line of great young tal­ent to come out of Garin Col­lege, which strad­dles the bor­der of Nel­son and Rich­mond.

This year’s Rock­quest re­gional win­ners Oh Blok were from Garin and the school has pro­duced a num­ber of other top acts.

Most fa­mous are Livvy’s older sib­lings Ge­or­gia and Caleb Nott who form the suc­cess­ful pop duo The Broods.

The Broods were named break­through artist of the year prize at the re­cent New Zealand Mu­sic Awards, and the band has had a whirl­wind rise in the in­dus­try after the re­lease of their sin­gle Bridges last year.

Livvy says it is in­spi­ra­tional to see what her sib­lings have achieved.

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing to try and do what they are do­ing. Just to get into the same sort of world as them and ex­pe­ri­ence it would be be cool.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter if it doesn’t hap­pen,’’ she said.

The girls are both tak­ing a year out, and see­ing where their mu­sic takes them be­fore com­mit­ting them­selves to con­crete plans.

‘‘We both don’t know what we want to do at univer­sity yet, so it is not re­ally the right time for us.’’

The pair play orig­i­nal songs, and mix it up, both singing and play­ing the gui­tar. Anna plays the pi­ano and Livvy the synth.

For the X Fac­tor they will be singing their ar­range­ments of cov­ers.

They say it will be in­ter­est­ing to dis­cover how a duo goes on the show that tra­di­tion­ally has favoured singers.

‘‘I think it is a bit dif­fer­ent, but dif­fer­ence is al­ways like a good thing I sup­pose,’’ Anna says.

‘‘It will be in­ter­est­ing to take the jour­ney and see what hap­pens.

‘‘It’s some­thing very new to us.’’

Kyle says X Fac­tor is another chance for the girls to show what they can do, this time their abil­ity to cover and ar­range other peo­ple’s mu­sic.

‘‘It’s a great place for them to get some ex­po­sure and just another chance for them to play their mu­sic to­gether.

‘‘They love play­ing their mu­sic, to be able share it with oth­ers is a re­ally cool op­por­tu­nity.’’

He said what­ever the out­come, au­di­tion­ing for the show would be a good ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘I don’t think they en­ter th­ese things look­ing to do re­ally well. I think they just seek out the op­por­tu­nity to play their mu­sic. It’s not al­ways about win­ning a com­pe­ti­tion, it’s about en­joy­ing play­ing mu­sic to­gether and shar­ing it with other peo­ple.’’

Kyle likes work­ing with teenagers as much as they ap­pre­ci­ate him. ‘‘I love work­ing with them and get­ting them in­spired and en­cour­ag­ing them with their mu­sic.

‘‘I think that’s what mu­sic is about. It’s about hav­ing a great time and it’s a good chance for teenagers to ex­press their cre­ativ­ity.’’

He said see­ing the suc­cess of cur­rent and past stu­dents did mo­ti­vate stu­dents.

‘‘I call it a cy­cle of in­spi­ra­tion. Our new stu­dents are com­ing in, they feel in­spired by what peo­ple are achiev­ing and they aim that much higher.’’

Photo: MARTIN DE RUYTER

On the rise: Garin Col­lege mu­sic teacher Kyle Prof­fit with Garin Col­lege stu­dents Olivia Nott, left, and Anna Robin­son. The stu­dents are try­ing to get on the X Fac­tor.

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