By his own admission, singer-songwriter Jasper Kaye Hicks didn’t expect to win the 2017 Battle of the Bands competition.
‘‘I would have been happy with second place because I don’t think I’m quite good enough yet,’’ Mr Kaye Hicks said.
Armed with just his guitar, Mr Kaye Hicks wowed the judges and landed himself every aspiring artists’ dream — 12 hours of recording time with audio producer Christopher Vernon.
Honing his skills by busking at markets and jamming at pubs, the modest 17-year-old said he still had a lot to learn.
‘‘There are two things I still want to fix — speeding up and my singing — but I’ll do my best and record my stuff,’’ he said.
Music-lovers who braved the icy conditions in Wallan were treated to an afternoon of exciting and talented local artists, as well as performances by headline act Shewolf.
Mitchell Shire Deputy Mayor David Lowe congratulated Mr Kaye Hicks on winning Battle of the Bands and said it was the beginning of an exciting journey for the aspiring musician.
‘‘We’ve seen time and time again how Battle of the Bands can be a launching pad into the industry for so many artists,’’ Cr Lowe said.
‘‘Jasper is extremely talented and I’m sure has a very promising career ahead for him.
‘‘Winning the competition allows him to have some invaluable recording time in the studio and get his name out there. We wish him all the best in his music endeavours.’’
Fellow soloist, Nell Bradbury, was named runner up and received a $200 Visa gift card.