Barnes to mentor battlers
HIS musical success has seen him record in Nashville and perform at festivals around the country.
But Kingscliff singer-songwriter Casey Barnes will focus his attention a bit closer to home when he mentors an entrant for the Tweed’s Battle of the Bands.
The mentorship, which will be awarded to a band or solo act which the judges feel will benefit most from Barnes’ input, will include tips on all facets of making it in the music industry.
“I’ll be basically giving them some one-on-one tips and advice on how they can reach their goals,” Barnes said.
He said part of the mentorship could also involve assessing the young band or musician’s social media presence and improving their digital reach.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Barnes said.
“I’ve been down here (in Kingscliff) for a bit over two years now so it’ll give me a good opportunity to hear what sort of talent is around the area. I think there’s a lot of untapped talent in this local area.”
Barnes said his mentorship wouldn’t necessarily be with the overall winner. He looked forward to sharing his expertise.
“I’ve been to quite a few schools after I was on Australian Idol, a couple of high schools and a primary school in Tweed Heads,” he said.
“I’ve got two young girls as well so I think it’s an important thing to do, to give back. This is my first time at the battle so I’m really looking forward to hearing it for the first time.”
Barnes, a big AFL fan, will perform at the Gold Coast Suns v Carlton game at Metricon Stadium on April 9.
Other prizes for the battle include $1000 plus entry into Buskers By the Creek festival for first place, $500 and professional recording for second place and $250 for third place.
- The battle will will kick off with Heat 1 next Sunday at The Lake, Cabarita, with Heat 2 the following day at Murwillumbah High School and the final on April 22 at Kingscliff TAFE.
- Find Tweed Battle of the Bands on Facebook for more information.