Marlborough Sounds pop rockers Little Oceans' latest single has won the band $10,000 in NZ on Air funding for staying at the top of new music chart The Audience in November.
Drummer Sam Edmonds, singer Matt Johnston and guitarist Josh Edmonds' single Focus Harder was released on music chart website The Audience at the start of November. The single attracted more votes than any of the other 468 singles on the site. Judges also took into account contributing factors such as how many times it was played and shared through social media sites like Facebook.
The trio, who used to be known as Recommended By Your Mom, recorded the single in a bach next to the Edmond family home in Moenui Bay, Pelorus Sound, in September.
Josh Edmonds said the band were waiting to hear how the NZ On Air cash could be used, but the purpose of the prize is for the artists to professionally record Focus Harder and shoot a music video for the song.
The bandmates were at a party at their flat in Nelson on November 31 and everyone counted down to the month's end when they were declared winners.
"It was just amazing, it's a huge amount of money, more than we've ever had to put into our music before - the whole weekend was just surreal.
"We've only been playing as Little Oceans for two months and this really reflects the amount of work that's gone in to it.
"When we started this, we sat down and went through our goals of what we wanted to achieve and here we are. We spent four years as [pop punk band] Recommended By Your Mom and we never got this kind of opportunity - it's just amazing to see it come together."
Little Oceans are working on material for a full-length album, but hoped to release an EP by the end of the year.
It was a big weekend for Marlborough music with 15-year-old singer-songwriter Clara van Wel, from Blenheim, winning national performing arts competition New Zealand's Got Talent on Sunday.
"It's fantastic, we used to play [Smokefree] Rockquest shows with her and she used to win the regional finals.
"I love the fact she writes her own music and sings it so well - I really respect that."
Little Oceans' first show will be at Tahunanui Beach in Nelson on Saturday at 6pm.
- The Marlborough Express