Teen band lives up to the pros with 30 gigs in 30 days
Unlike most 14-year-olds anticipating school’s end, members of Random Task Collective currently balance their time between homework and performing 30 gigs in as many days.
Playing its 18th show not even halfway into the month, the five-piece Calgary band plies its craft anywhere it can, including this past Saturday at Airdrie’s Music Centre Canada.
Past and present members of Random Task Collective have been through MCC’s Extreme Rock at least once with bassist and lead singer Connor Harvey having attended the last three years.
"It really gets young artists going," said the Grade 8 student.
"You go in, make a band and have a lot of fun."
Current Random Task Collective line-up has been together for a little more than a year now.
"It’s great chemistry. I don’t think there’s ever been a fight," says Harvey.
MCC Airdrie co-owner Eric Temple realizes there is a large talent pool in Calgary and surrounding areas, one main reason he bought into the Extreme Rock franchise.
Temple recalls seeing Extreme Rock for the first time in Okotoks two years ago and the camaraderie between all of the kids was something he couldn’t pass up.
"When you sign up for the program everyone has an assessment, we don’t like saying test," Temple explains. From there, musicians are put together based on their skill level and schedule and start playing.
"What it’s about is the live experience," said Temple.
The band is trying to emulate Matt Masters’ 30 shows in 30 days before the April 6 Junos in Calgary, as part of the Music Lives Here initiative.