Its our 18th year of Kool Skools and 2014 stands as possibly the best year yet, so much talent, so many great songs and great musical gems amongst the 33 albums we have recorded in this year alone. The Awards will be one to remember! Please join us at 6pm in Ringwood for an amazing show! Tickets are $30 at the door.
It’s just 5.2 weeks away from the VIC Kool Skools Awards Showcase to celebrate all the amazing music from the 2014 Kool Skools Project. To celebrate the 18th year of Kool Skools we are providing an advance listen to some of the tracks recorded sofar. There are some amazing songs and great performances from across Victoria (NSW tracks still to be added), check it out on our Soundcloud and be amazed! The awards this year will be held at The George Wood PAC Sat 15th November and in Sydney at Nagle College on Sat 22nd Nov. Call 03-94177707 for ticket enquiries now.
The JB HiFi Kool Skools Prize is always an exciting part of the whole Kool Skools calendar. Each year 2 amazing acts get selected by the judges as exceptional, winning the opportunity to record their own CD at Studio 52 as part of Kool Skools. The 2014 winners are The Mellows, an amazing band from Warrnambool and a great girl group from Williamstown named Shewolf. Both acts receive 2 days at Studio 52 to record some of their original tracks with both CD and online release by Empire/MGM. Congrats go to both winners and we look forward to hearing the recorded results soon.
Heathdale Christian College have just completed their 2014
Kool Skools Album “ Life AND The Living” at Studio 52 Melbourne.
They’re Back ! Kool Skools 2014 is now full steam ahead as Heathdale Christian College (one of the project’s most consistently excellent schools) have just completed their latest offering “ Life AND The Living”.
This year, great teacher and mentor Ben Salvador has introduced some great young bloods to the project as many of his outstanding students from the previous 2 years have moved on. And the guys did him and the school proud .. once again producing a fantastic album.
Writing (and hair growing) “machine” Louise Gaul opens the album with her fabulous anthemic rock track “Radioactive Air” and closes the album with “Sweet Serenity”. But her influence is also found on many other tracks throughout the album either as a writer or multi-facetted instrumentalist.
As usual Heathdale have come up with a fully original CD with great variety. Winston Chui and Glenn Bussey contribute a great electronic dance track, Trizia Madronio belts out a great gospel tune, Ashlea Ephraums shows off her wonderful voice with a beautiful ballad .. just to mention a few of the many highlights. Well done (again) guys !
Korowa Anglican Girls School have just recorded their album this week at Studio 52 Melbourne. It’s our First Skool for 2014!
Girls Can Rock !
What a great start to Kool Skools 2014. The girls from Korowa GS came in and laid down some awesome tracks, completing easily their strongest album in the project to date. Olivia Burgess and Olivia Dumville rocked out in Studio A while Emma Anvari shone in Studio B with her outstanding song “ Rebelle”. Also, fourteen year old Tany Brahmanand has set the bar high early in the “Best Female Vocal” stakes with her wonderfully soulful performances on “Shards of Hope” and Armageddon” .. Well done guys and well done to their amazing teacher and mentor Caroline Servadei !
If you’re of school age (up to 19 yo) have an original band, group or you’re a singer-songwriter you should apply now for the 2014 JB HiFi Kool Skools Prize. Get all the details and the Entry Form here. You could win the chance to record at Melbourne’s Studio 52 as part of the Kool Skools Project. See the criteria and details with the entry form. ENTER NOW!
We’re having a great response to applications for Kool Skools this year. Already we have a 100% return rate from all the projects who took part in 2013 plus there has been a lot of first time enquiries. We are even starting to hear from past Koolskoolers who now teach and want to give their students the same great experience in a recording studio that they had enjoyed themselves.
There is still time to register and there are a lot of dates still available as we have extended the recording window to allow for projects as early as this month of March to as late as October 2014. Call 03-9417-7707 ext2 for more information and available dates.
So much great music has been born out of the Kool Skools Project. Important artists of all genres from pure-pop to heavy rock, blues & indie acoustic.
Find out more about the history of Kool Skools and the artists that started in the project and who went on to successful and important careers within the music business. See the Alumni link to Past Kool Skoolers.
Happy 18th !!! Congratulations to Wangaratta High School and Thomastown SC, both schools are recording their 18th album with Kool Skools in 2014! They started the project in the first year 1997 and have been part of the project every year since!
“#18 CD for Wangaratta High School! Kool Skools has influenced and changed the lives of many of our students. it has allowed the music department to grow and prosper.” David Ashfield (previous music coordinator now headed up by Scott Solimo)
“Thomastown SC now boasts its own music recording studio and an extensive music program and a strong musical culture that owes its existence to the ongoing success and participation within the ‘Kool Skools’ project.” Jim Sismanes (previous music coordinator now headed up by Jimi Lundy)
Thomastown were also Awarded as the Koolest Skool for 2013!