Boys have faith in their own talent

You've got to have faith to make it as a musician, and the boys from Plainmotion have harnessed it.

The 17-year-olds didn't relax after their win in the Taranaki regional final of the Smokefree Rockquest on Friday night - three of them were straight back in the spotlight on Sunday morning at church.

Joel Robertson, Jake McComb, Connor Rust and Martin Leith have only been performing together for 18 months but now are one step closer to taking out a national competition.

The year 13 New Plymouth Boys' High School students write their own songs, perform their own raps and even run their own website.

Robertson, who is the vocalist and the rhythm guitarist, said most of the band had grown up around music in the church and had learnt how to perform in front of people.

"A lot of our influence, our technique and our style comes from church. That's where we learnt how to improvise too," he said.

Fellow bandmate McComb, who raps and plays the bass guitar, said being on stage at the Smokefree Rockquest was one of the best experiences of his life.

"It was a lot of fun. The audience really seemed to get into it, which was really reassuring."

The band had only released their first single What if I Told You the week before and were surprised to see half of the audience singing along in the chorus.

"That was really cool," drummer Rust said.

Two bands from each of the 24 regional finals can send their video footage for selection as one of the six bands to play off in the national final.

The boys now have to produce a 15-minute video to submit to a panel of judges.

The judges will then narrow the finalist down to the top six, and they will compete for the national title.

As the band members will be heading off to different parts of the country to study next year they are hoping they can make it right to the end of the competition this year.

Until then they'll be writing, rapping and rehearsing until they make the best video they can.

To check out the band's music visit

Taranaki's Smokefree Rockquest 2014 results:

Band: Plainmotion, New Plymouth Boys High School 1, Llamas at my Funeral, Waitara College 2, Reach for Reason, New Plymouth Boys' High School 3. Solo/Duo: Gloriana Wilson, Spotswood College 1, Luke Roberts, Hawera High School 2.

APRA Lyric Award: The Descendents, Waitara High School. Lowdown Best Song: Thamasis, Spotswood College. Mainz Musicianship Award: Kaleb McEldowney.

Smokefree Award For Women's Musicianship: Nikki Brand. People's Choice: Invictus, Sacred Heart Girls' College.

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