Resident organises online music competition
A Blackwall resident has organised an online competition for local and emerging musicians.
Mr Alfredo Zotti has created The Bluesy Tubes Competition to provide a platform for aspiring local musicians to showcase their talents to a wider audience and said he was inspired to create Bluesy Tubes after seeing the wealth of talented artists trying to launch their careers online.
"There is no doubt that the music industry, in Australia, as probably in the rest of the world, is facing a crisis due to a number of complex factors.
"The live music industry in particular has been affected in such a way that non famous musician who could once play professionally and make a living have had to either change profession or settle to play music and perform casually which means that they can no longer rely on music as their sole source of income," Mr Zotti said.
"Last year an idea came to my mind and that is that musicians can generate their own activities.
"Perhaps we can start without money in order to stimulate the industry, in order to expose local talent and bring the many wonderful artists to the world simply by using the internet.
"Indeed many music experts do argue that music is going to happen on the net and that it will be increasingly so as time goes by.
"Why not organise a competition for local singers?
"I decided to create a competition that would have entertainers, singers and songwriters compete, not so much for the sake of getting the prizes but mostly to make something good, coordinated and professional happen," Mr Zotti said.
Mr Zotti said the video sharing site, YouTube, would be the focal point of the competition.
"The competition will take place on YouTube so that the whole world can see it.
"What we can learn from these YouTube film clips is that there are so many wonderful and talented artists that need to be known.
"Their music needs to be appreciated because they contribute to the world of music in more ways than we can imagine," Mr Zotti said.
Bluesy Tubes gets underway in March and already local artists have entered the competition including: Peter Healy, Jack Derwin, The Blues Angels, Jane Germain, Stonefish, Driftwood, Peter Tos Senior, Muma Jane and the Rusty Kat, Steve Cooper, Brad Jones, Russell Davies, Two Buck Blues Band, Andre Mitchell and Scott McLaren Trio.
Media release, 27 Nov 2018
Alfredo Zotti, Blackwall