JMC Academy Melbourne alumni Tamblyne Brittaine, Paul 'Coops' Cooper, Rhys Walmsley and Kam Stivens impressed a jury of music industry professionals to win at the Emergenza National finals.
Their band Mercury White, was flown to Sydney for the finals where they knocked out nearly 400 other bands from all across Australia. As the winning group, Mercury White will now be flown to Germany in August 2014 to take represent Australia on the world stage.
The Emergenza Festival has grown over the last 20 years to become the world's biggest competition for unsigned bands and produces thousands of club dates across Australia, Europe, North America, Japan and Russia. Attracting more than 30,000 people, the 2014 festival will be held in the medieval town of Rothenbur ob der Tauber, and Mercury White can expect to share the bill with huge headlines.
The International winner will get an international tour and a full recording in Sweden. In the past, winners have gone on to sign with Universal Records, Warner Brothers & Columbia Records.
Check out the band profiles below or head to www.mercurywhite.com or www.facebook.com/mercurywhite.
TAMBLYNE BRITTAINE (violin, synth, vocals)
Tammy began playing classical violin at the age of 7. During high school Tammy taught herself to play the guitar and started songwriting. She has always loved singing but didn't take it seriously until after completing her AMEB violin exams. After school Tammy performed in Amateur theatre as well as working as a session violinist in various orchestras for musical theatre productions. Tammy taught violin between 2008-2011 and along the way had started performing at functions and weddings, either singing or playing her violin. In late 2011, Tammy joined Mercury White. Tammy holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Music and Performance Diploma from JMC Academy.
PAUL "COOPS" COOPER (keyboards, vocals)
Coops has been playing keyboards, guitar and singing for the last nine years. He is self-taught and currently holds his first year Undergraduate Diploma in Popular Music and Performance at JMC Academy Melbourne. Coops has vast performing and recording experience with Mercury White, having released 'Gravity Says' EP in 2010. Mercury White also toured the East Coast of Australia and had a video clip played on Rage for the single “Sticks & Stones”. On top of these many achievements Paul has also written scores for short films 'The Escape' and 'Spring Again'.
KAM STIVENS (guitar, backing vocals)
Kam has been playing guitar since the age of 7 and went on to study music at JMC Academy, Melbourne. Whilst many genres of music come and go, Kam has most likely played with them all - from jazz to metal, rock to blues, fusion to bluegrass and in between. Kam has played in numerous bands over the years such as Forgotten Vacancy (Covers), Phantom Alice and other smaller bands. He has also been used as a session guitarist for solo performers such as Andy Lovelee (UK). Cam's passion is music and he also teaches guitar in his spare time, as well as doing session work and is a qualified music teacher.
KEV "SUP" SPADARO (drums)
Picking up the sticks at the age of 7, Kev threw together a beat that would shape his life forever. With lessons on and off for over 10 years, Kev learnt the fundamentals of playing a groove and holding the band together, which he used to put together his bands throughout high school and beyond. Being pulled in and out of gigs for session work, Kev focused on his cover band skills and technique on drawing a crowd. He still continues to this day on helping out bands wherever he can. After extensive playing in and out of friends bands, he settled with Mercury White in 2009 with his long time jam mate, Coops. Also jumping in on the 'Gravity Says' Tour in 2010, his live performance techniques flourished.