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Sherpas win battle of the bands contest
Monday, 15 October 2012
A TALENTED group of musical youngsters have been celebrating after they took first place at a recent ‘battle of the bands’ competition.
Alternative rock band The Sherpas competed a few weeks ago at The Cavern in Exeter and were one of eight to compete in the final round.
The five-piece band consisting of Jake Daniel, 18, James Fuke, 17, Ben Milverton, 18, Chris Tilke, 16, and Pierre Roxon, 19, have been going from strength to strength and the group were extremely pleased to win the battle and come out on top.
After already winning battles and talent competitions in the past, the lads are no strangers to performing and have recently been gigging across the local area.
The band also attended and performed on the seafront stage at Seaton’s Devon Air Ambulance Week to help raise funds; a perfect local place for some of the group with James coming from Beer and Jake from Seaton.
Sidmouth College student and Seaton boy, Jake Daniel, said: “We were entered into the final quite late so we had little time to prepare and gather supporters, so we were really surprised when we won the battle of the bands. It was fairly daunting as the other bands were much heavier and had more of a punk metal vibe in comparison to our own music, but we are pleased we were chosen as the winners.
“We have a lot of support from friends at college and family and this has helped us to grab opportunities and throw ourselves into gigs.”
Band influences come from a range of musical genres including artists such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Maccabees and The Strokes, and the group are focused on producing their own original material.
Upcoming performances for the rocking youngsters include a performance at the Dublin Castle in Camden Town, London later this month and a rock festival in Slovenia next year.
Rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, Jake, added: “It has been a really positive experience for all of us as we have been able to generate a bigger fan base in the Exeter and East Devon area. It has definitely helped us to build up our status and get gigs further afield, as well as making us feel more prepared for bigger audiences.”
The next step for the group will be to embrace their prize - the chance to record their new single at a professional studio and take part in a band photo shoot.
To find out more about The Sherpas visit www.facebook.co.uk/thesherpas
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