666 ABC is launching Exhumed, a competition dedicated to helping you find interesting unsigned local music.
This is a good idea, so good that I’m amazed nobody has already made a contest with the same goals that has more or less the exact same name.
Snark aside this sounds pretty cool. The program seems to be formatted in a somewhat ‘Battle of the Bands’ kind of style, plus it’s restricted to musicians over 30.
It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out.
Originally created by James Valentine for his 702 ABC Sydney local radio show, the competition received an overwhelming response with 250 Sydney-based bands entering.
This expanded version of EXHUMED is a collective project between every ABC Local Radio station in the country, ABC Multiplatform, ABC Open and ABC TV. No other media organisation in Australia has the capacity to produce such an enormous cross platform event extending into communities across the country.
James Valentine says this is all about celebrating amateur music making, “We want to applaud those who make music for the fun of it. We want to find those who play for their friends, at fundraisers, at street fairs and school fetes. We want to say, we think you’re fantastic, it’s great what you’re doing and don’t stop doing it.”
“This is not The Voice. We are not looking for a great undiscovered singer. It’s not X-Factor or Idol – we are not about to create a new pop sensation. This is about recognising that there’s a lot of great, passionate, inspired music making going on purely for the love of it”.