Have a listen to some of the wonderful original songs from 2016. Here is a selection from all the schools and Councils involved in the 2016 Kool Skools Project from both Victoria and NSW. 130 songs chosen from over 450 recorded. All the songs have been written and performed by secondary level school students.
It’s the huge 20th year of Kool Skools and schools from all over Victoria and NSW have been signing up to take part. This year we look set to record somewhere between 40 and 50 albums of original music by young Aussie songwriters, with musos and bands of all genres! There are still plenty of recording dates available up until mid October so please call for more info or register with Paul Higgins on 0412686252.
Two of our very first schools, Wangaratta High School and Thomastown Secondary will both be making history when they record their 20th albums this year. Between them they have given the first time opportunity of recording in a professional studio to over 300 young acts and have played a huge part in the Kool Skools Project, becoming part of the culture. They always have stand out songs, great performances and so many talented upcoming players. Both schools have received the Koolest Skool mantle multiple times over our 20 year history.
Some of the new schools this year doing the project for the first time or first time in a long while include Maranatha Christian School from Endeavour Hills, Boroondara City Council, Ulla Dulla HS from Ulla Dulla NSW, Cathedral College from Wangaratta and Menai College from NSW. Wodonga Senior Secondary and Wodonga Catholic College have aligned to share a new project and again the Captivate Program for Catholic Schools in NSW has booked to run at least five projects with potential to increase to eight. Their projects will include St Andrews College and John Paul II who did the project in 2015. Rowville SC has confirmed for a 2nd year and so have Craigieburn SC, Northern Beaches Christian School, Mt Lilydale Mercy College, Victory Christian College and Laverton P-12. Brisbane Waters SC from Woy Woy in NSW have also come back to us after a few years hiatus.
Many of our wonderful regulars are joining in the 20th year celebration such as Albury City for their 11th year, Moira Shire, Loddon Shire, Emmanuel College Warrnambool for the 7th time, Notre Dame College, Canterbury Girls and Mackellar Girls both from NSW. Mill Park SC who took out the VIC Koolest Skool Award in 2015 will also be returning to record their 12th album!
We are looking forward to a fantastic year of original music from so many young talented singer-songwriters and bands, the recordings have already started with Heathdale Christian College and Korowa Anglican Girls already having recorded in Melbourne and Northern Beaches Christian School in the Sydney studio as this post goes to air.
The Awards Nights have already been confirmed in advance, here are the 2016 dates and venues – please put them in your diary so you don’t miss out!
NSW Awards – SUN NOV 20th
Nagle College, Blacktown
Victorian Awards – SUN DEC 18th
George Wood PAC, Ringwood
A very young Jordie Lane came through Kool Skools in 1998 in a band called InTouch with Simon Bruce, both from Thornbury Darebin HS. They performed a song called Gossip Queen at the Awards Night held at Festival Hall. He’s come along way since then of course and has had a very successful music career for many years. His brilliant new song Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson is now highlighted on the Rolling Stone website: check out the video.
Here’s the original Kool Skools video from 1998 featuring a very young Jordie Lane:
“Kool Skools is a great way to get kids motivated about playing, performing and writing music. I think it also really helps to give an insight of what it’s like in the music industry, which is an invaluable lesson to learn so young” Missy Higgins
“With the huge interest from record companies in young bands and artists, Kool Skools is just what the industry needs to give many talented kids a head start and a chance to be heard. For most young musos, this is their first chance to record in a professional studio. The chance to perform on a major stage in front of a huge audience is a fantastic bonus. The future of Australia’s music relies on the talents of the current generation, so it is imperative that opportunities exist to develop their music. Do yourself a favour and get into Kool Skools” Ian “Molly” Meldrum
“Kool Skools is fantastic because it gives school age bands and singer songwriters like myself their first serious taste of the music business and a great way of gaining basic recording skills. Not to mention it is SOOOOO much fun being in the studio with your friends and working with some great people” Delta Goodrem
*Delta’s first public performance of Born To Try was at the Kool Skools Awards in October, 2002 at the Victory Room, Etihad Stadium
“Coming from my background as a musician in Master’s Apprentices and as a manager of many Australian acts including the successful career of John Farnham, I know that talent needs to be encouraged and developed. Kool Skools gives these young people that kind of encouragement and support. The project is a great sounding board for songwriters who are learning their craft and has proved to be a stepping stone for many new careers in and around the industry” Glenn Wheatley
Kool Skools has been a 20 year success story because it is a unique project for youth songwriters, musicians and new media creators. So many young people have gained their start with Studio 52 and Kool Skools which has led to successful and major careers in music, entertainment and the arts. It’s a project available to all secondary level students through their schools, local councils, Freeza groups and youth entities. Register Now for a life changing musical experience and a whole lot of fun in the recording studios!
The 2015 selection includes original songs from schools and council projects from Victoria and NSW, 100 tracks from over 400 recorded this year. Go direct to Soundcloud link
All the photos from the VIC & NSW Awards Showcases for 2015 are Online, check them out Now on Facebook!
Photos from the VIC Awards Showcase – Kool Skools VIC Awards Photos 2015
Photos from the NSW Awards Showcase – Kool Skools NSW Photos 2015
Congratulations go to Mackellar Girls Campus who have been named Koolest Skool for 2015 at the NSW Kool Skools Awards held last Sunday 22nd November at the St Andrews College Hall. Mackellar have been in the project six times now and teacher jack Kirkpatrick has been in charge of the Kool Skools project as part of music at Mackellar for the past 3 years. This year their album came together with an amazing group of original acts and their songs. Some of the Award winners were Singer-Songwriter Erin Finlay who took two awards including Best Female Vocal, Singer-Songwriters Lydia Riccione-Brown and Joy Van Schie were also recognised and took home awards for Mackellar. The whole Awards Showcase was full of talent and the quality of performances was one of the best ever.
Other Award Winners included Abby Fuller, Gen Lee, Makalita, Lydia Riccione-Brown, Sarah Handy, Civilised Thieves, Blake Williams, Six String Calling, Zeta, Amora, Joy Van Schie and more. See the photos of all the award winners from NSW below.
SUN NOV 22nd at 6pm
St Andrews College Hall
St Andrews College, 116 Quakers Rd (Junior Campus) Marayong
extra Tickets available at the door for $30 each
Congratulations go to Mill Park SC who have been named Koolest Skool for 2015 at the VIC Kool Skools Awards held last Saturday 14th November at the George Wood PAC. Mill Park have been a major player in the Kool Skools Project having recorded albums each year since 2004, this was their 11th album and it gained the success thanks to a good mix of artists and original songs. Some of the Award winners were the band Whole Bottle Full, Singer Songwriter Rebecca Techer, Duet Tristan & Talisa, Daniel Cropley for Best EDM Track and Final Moments who were awarded Best Hip Hop Track.
The 2015 selection includes original songs from schools and council projects from Victoria and NSW, 100 tracks from 400 recorded this year. Go direct to Soundcloud link