UberFest gig for Ipswich band Worlds Away
WHAT started as a high school music assignment has turned into a life passion for ex-St Edmund's students Conner McDonald, James Heber, Michael Madsen and Tyran Burns.
After graduating high school, the friends joined their very different styles and tastes to form up-and-coming band Worlds Away.
Since winning Battle of the Bands at the Ipswich Show in May, the band has continued its success, performing live at popular Ipswich and Brisbane venues.
"Since our success at the Ipswich Show, we've built the confidence to tackle larger venues and bigger audiences to launch our name and hopefully build a solid fan-base," bass player McDonald said.
"Battle of the Bands was a huge moment for us, the prize money gave us a chance to upgrade our equipment and now we have the ability to play many more live shows.
"The Ipswich Show has been great for Worlds Away and I hope the competition benefits many more young acts like us."
Worlds Away has also performed multiple gigs at The Zoo in Fortitude Valley and at The Boundary Hotel in West End.
The band members come from very different backgrounds but say they all share a love of music.
"James is a second year architecture student, Tyran is studying a course in live sound production, I am in my second year of audio engineering and producing and Michael is an electrical apprentice," McDonald said.
"All four of us are very committed to pushing Worlds Away as far as we can."
Rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Burns said as much success as the band has had in Brisbane, performing in their home town of Ipswich still gives them the biggest rush.
"It's an amazing feeling being onstage in front of a crowd," he said.
"If I had to describe the feeling in a few words, it's incredibly spine-tingling.
"The local crowd in Ipswich is the best."
McDonald said he had always had a passion for music, as have the rest of the band.
"One of my earliest memories is setting up every pot and pan my family owned and drumming for hours," he said.
"It's impossible to know how far we'll take the band but I'm very hopeful it results in a lifetime in the music industry."
Worlds Away will perform live at Studio 188 in Ipswich on Friday and are one of the headline acts for UberFest music festival at the Jubilee Hotel on August 30. For more details, visit the Worlds Away Facebook page.