Heavy metaller gets area's kids involved

By Hannah Norton

Young metalheads will get their chance to make a noise at a workshop this weekend.

The ANVIL project, brainchild of Waipu heavy metaller Niel de Jong, is a workshop for young musicians aged between 10 and 16, covering aspects of music history, stage craft, equipment set-up and live performance.

"I see this as a way of getting these kids out of their bedrooms and into a space where they can feel the power of co-operating with others in a way that can get them performing in bands," Mr de Jong said.

The workshop is being held on Saturday and Sunday at the Big Door studio above Wards Music in Whangarei at a cost of $45.

Mr de Jong has collaborated with several well-known musicians to bring this project to fruition. These include Andy Woodd, singer and guitarist for Cripple Mr Onion, drummer for In Dread Response and Amidst Haze Nikolas Kissel, Isaac Blake Tansley and Rogan Mortimer from The Punishment Due, and guitarist and Bream Bay College music teacher Scott Brown.

Registration forms are available from Wards Music or by texting 021831888.

- Northern Advocate

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