His quest goes on

LIVING THE DREAM: Massad Barakat-Devine has made it to the Smokefree Rockquest finals for the second year running.
Jason Oxenham
LIVING THE DREAM: Massad Barakat-Devine has made it to the Smokefree Rockquest finals for the second year running.

His first single and music video have already had airtime but this weekend another dream will come true for Massad Barakat-Devine.

The young Sacred Heart College student musician will perform at the Smokefree Rockquest national finals in Hamilton on Saturday.

"It's in the Claudelands Arena which is epic. I've never performed in an arena before and it's always been a dream," he says.

It is the second time the 17-year-old solo artist has made the rockquest finals.

Last year he came away with the best song award for his recently released single Tear My Heart Out.

The Epsom resident knows what to expect this time around but is no less enthusiastic.

"It's really exciting to be able to go back and do it all again," he says.

Massad says the best part of the competition is meeting all the other musicians.

"We're all doing the same thing, we're all doing music and we're all there to have fun and that's the coolest thing about it."

Winning the best song award last year allowed Massad to record a demo at York Street Studios. He then received a New Zealand On Air grant to make a music video and go to Melbourne to record the song.

"It was just such an amazing experience. The coolest thing is just having a finished product after seven months of work," he says.

Over the past year Massad has also made it into the Play It Strange top 40, recorded a duet with Antonia Prebble for a Christmas album and opened for Stan Walker.

He has a few gigs during the world cup celebrations including opening for Anika Moa, but it is the release of his next single he's looking forward to.

Forget About Me comes out next month and Massad says the song is very personal. His dog, his grandmother and some fans star in the video.

"It's always been the last song in my set. It's always been a bit of a personal favourite," he says.

The year 13 student has not yet nailed down his plans for next year but says they will involve music.

"Music is my passion."

 

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