Big opportunity for Bundy student
GRINSPOON, The Living End and Shihad were breaking through in the Australian music scene when 17-year-old Casey Bartholdt was in her first few years of primary school.
But despite their almost retro status, that hasn't stopped the Bundaberg State High School student from delving into their back catalogues.
It was this love and wide knowledge of music which led Casey to get a head start on her dream job as a music journalist and photographer.
Recently Casey was named as one of 40 bloggers Australia-wide chosen to participate in the Sound Scribe competition.
The bloggers will spend the next three months writing about their local music scenes and trying to gain enough signatures on a petition to win a gig in their town.
“I was so excited when I found out,” Casey said.
“They called when I was on my way home from school and I was jumping up and down and almost screaming, ‘Oh my god.'”
Casey said she looked at the opportunity to blog for the Sound Scribe competition as a stepping stone in helping her career out.
But despite a passion for music, that love has not developed into musical flair
“I tried to learn guitar and bass but wasn't very successful,” she said.
“I love to write and listen to music so this is just combining the two.”
Casey said her love of music had developed by listening to the radio.
“My first concert was The Living End in 2006 and that was amazing,” she said.
The young writer could also vividly remember her first Grinspoon concert, and listed both music legends as among her favourites.
“I love Brisbane bands, international bands of course and local bands,” she said.
“Penguin Kings and Arcade Made are among my favourite Bundaberg bands.”
Casey said her blogs would be about what music she was listening to at the time and what was happening in the Bundaberg music scene.
To read Casey's blog and sign her petition for a gig in Bundaberg visit www.optussoundscribe.com