The Monkey House was packed with students, parents, teachers, and music enthusiasts and appraisers last Thursday evening, 21 September.
For the second consecutive year, a group of talented Mercury Bay Area School (MBAS) students have produced their own Album, Salt Water Frequency’23. On Thursday evening, each of the composers and performers presented their song written for the album to a very enthusiastic and appreciative audience. The school has been taking part in the Creatives in Schools programme. This is a wellbeing initiative supported by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Creative New Zealand.
Principal, Ross Dunn said, “said he was very proud of the Album and the evening showcasing the talent and dedication of students and staff”.
Local music producer Dave Rhodes, returned as the ‘Creative’ to guide a group of MBAS students aged 14 to 18, through the writing, recording and production of a 13-track album of original music.
Dave is a MBAS Alumnus who works as a freelance music producer in Whitianga. Across his 25+ year career he has worked with a wide range of artists including Devilskin, Blindspott, Hollie Smith, The Warratahs, and many others.
The level of talent is very impressive as is the commitment to produce a good sound for the original compositions.
Salt Water Frequency ‘23 features songs composed by passionate young emerging artists from the Mercury Bay area, covering a range of musical genres.
You can listen to MBAS Saltwater Frequency ‘23 on Bandcamp. Scan the QR code to go straight to the website.
The MBAS music students composed and performed all the music on the album which was recorded and produced by professional music producer Dave Rhodes with oversight from MBAS music teacher Dave Mulholland.
The album is out now on Bandcamp and will be available on all other streaming platforms on the 6th of October.
Caption: A packed Monkey House for the student's music album launch including Ross Dunn, Principal, with his wife.