Pop/punk band Way With Words from Melbourne have rocked their way into a promising music career today, winning the first Australian Red Bull Bedroom Jam - an online music competition is giving teen bands the chance to become the next big thing. Dylan Giannakopoulos (guitar), Luke Mann (guitar), Sam Berry (bass), Jack Nicholls (drums) and Joey Cirillo (vocals) will head to Los Angeles, USA in January for a recording session at Red Bull’s state of the art recording studios – a prize worth over $80,000.
Way With Words was rhythmically very tight and showed impressive song-writing chops.
Defeating over 100 other bands and two other finalists in a live music play-off, Way With Words’ ability to follow each other in almost perfect sync has won them praise not only from the judges but fans across the country.
“This is the most amazing feeling of my life. We have put in so much effort and have loved every single moment. Bring on L.A!” said Joey Cirillo. Bring the Rain (Coffs Harbour), Risk Tonight (Melbourne) and winners Way With Words (Melbourne), took to the stage from 3pm before headliner Sydney band Bluejuice, who kept true to their onstage antics and created the ultimate live music experience for the bands and fans.
The judging panel, Lucy Hearn from Myspace Australia, Clayton Doughty from Gibson Guitars, Kim Morley-Austin from Soundwave Festival and Daisy McHarg-McKenzie from MTV, considered the bands live webcasts, their live performances at today’s Backyard Jam as well as their potential to be professional band when deciding the winner.
“It’s hard to define what will make a band ‘the next big thing’. Whatever ‘it’ is, Way With Words has it in spades. Creating opportunities and nurturing young bands are two things Red Bull Bedroom Jam and Myspace have in common. It’s so exciting to be part of giving a new artist this opportunity,” said Lucy Hearn, Myspace Australia.
Jamie Cibej (Bass Guitar) from Bluejuice said, “Way With Words was rhythmically very tight, and showed impressive song-writing chops that belie their age. They can carry our gear any time.”
Given the success of the new online band competition, Red Bull Bedroom Jam is set to continue in 2011 giving more Aussie teenage bands the kick-start they need to break into the highly competitive music industry.