My name is Rob, I gotta real funky concept Listen up, 'cause I'm gonna keep you in step I got an idea, That I wanna share You don't like it? So what, I don't care ..."
~ Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock ~ It Takes Two ~
It's saturday morning here and I am feeling so good. It must be because of yesterday. You see our band, REWAVE, auditioned yesterday for Canada's Got Talent in Edmonton, Alberta. We were pretty excited to get a pre-registered time for 1PM on Friday after hearing the crazy wait times for the walk-in talents. Interesting how it all played out though. Another friend of ours told us about her son's experience on a couple of days earlier, basically waiting close to 4 hours to audition. Mainly because you may have a pre-registered time of 1PM, BUT so does another 300 to 400 people. And you get 90 secs of your BEST to wow the judges. Plus we had to drive 3 hours to the venue ... you can imagine the planning that went into this.
So Russell and I were up early, I doubled up my green juices and my coffee treatments, packed all my carrot and carrot apple juices, meds, potatoes, and soup and upon arrival at home later that night, would double up on my green juices and coffee treatments again. A bit of re-arranging, and not recommended, but for one day, and a chance to audition for a $100,000 with my bandmates, it was worth it. We picked up Joelle and started our journey. The ride up was full of great conversation, vocal exercises and naps (for moi!). Once we got there, there was a cattle like maze we had to enter with our pink CGT wrist bands brightly displayed. And as destiny would have it, Russell met a fellow New Zealander named "Louman but you can call him KIWI". Super nice guy, full of conversations and stories and another supporter of the All Blacks rugby team. We stood outside in line for less than an hour and then made our way into the ballroom where yet another lineup for registration awaiting.
Engaging with other talents around us, it was so easy to spot out the "what sells TV" people. And yes, we were some of them ... WE were in full costume gear, with color, glo fur, sparkle and bling to attract a few photos and whispers in the crowd. Plus the big east indian Dhool drum Russell was carrying was sure to get people going. You see REWAVE is a synth-pop, Diva, old school hip hop band ... but we had to audition acoustically because they had nothing available to us but a powerbar. And this was all disclosed to us the night before ... being professionals, you improvise .... and you guessed it ... that didn't stop us as once we got to the actual audition room, we did "It Takes Two" acoustically, and it was just awesome! Our energy was raw, organic and electric, and our little audience was moving and bobbin their heads to the groove. MissJ layed down the smooth rap vocals, Russell played a tribal rhythm that grooved your soul and I supported the whoo /yeah's background sounds and beat. Afterwards the producer was excited and eager to view our DVD showcase of our synth-pop performances.
Our feelings were electric, we were re-charged and basking in the moment we had just created. We had another 3 hour drive home, but it didn't matter, because it was a chance to move to the next level of stardom. And if we don't move to the next round of auditions, it doesn't matter, because truly it was an unforgettable experience, once in a lifetime to share with family and friends. Hit it!