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Role model by day, rock-star by night – that’s Josef

Jul 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News


JOSEF SHADWELL can do everything except clean his room, it seems.

The guitarist for band Harbour View, which this month won Wellington Rockquest, is also head boy of Hutt Valley High School and plays in both the school’s first XV rugby and first XI cricket teams.

When asked if she was proud of his accomplishments, Josef’s mother Amanda responded: “He doesn’t clean his room, though”.

Josef, 17, right,and fellow band members Max Wollerman, Tyrone Caveney, Andrew Broadley and Jeremy Richardson only formed ‘Harbour View’ three months ago.

But they were able to beat all other school-aged competition in the area for first prize on Saturday. A highlight in Josef’s already big year.

Until recently, a future in reporting was Josef’s only thoughts as a career choice.

“Just last year that was it. I want to be a journalist, I just want to write and music was just the unrealistic dream.”

With an article on Jeremy Thrush already published recently on a Sky Sport rugby blog, Josef has already got his foot in the door.

But after playing live in the heats he and his band members were inspired.

“After preforming we all just came off and it was like, ‘I want more’.”

“We spent the next two weeks pretty much rehearsing everyday… and all we’ve been thinking about is Auckland, Auckland, Auckland,” he said, referring to their chance to play in the national Rockquest final.

The halfback is also proud of his rugby team’s undefeated run in the Wellington schools first division.

He said they were unlucky to not be playing in a higher grade.

“We just missed out on making [premier] one. We lost to Rongotai in the play-off game 15-12.”

Being so occupied has not affected his grades – Josef passed NCEA level 2 with an excellence endorsement last year.

He grew up with music in the family – Josef said his father played bass for a band and he always played songs in the house.

His younger brotherm Louie, now plays the drums and the family has a set up near the lounge where the trio play together as a family band.

Harbour View won a $500 Rockshop voucher for their win at the regional Smokefree Rockquest, which Josef says they will not split and will instead put toward the band’s future.

To qualify for the finals in Auckland the band has to submit a 15 minute video of them performing live and if chosen by the judges they will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Auckland.

The band will then perform their songs and have a chance at winning $10,000 worth of RockShop equipment and a music video and EP deal with NZ on Air.


HARBOUR VIEW: From left to right, Tyrone Caveney, Max Wollerman, Josef Shadwell, Jeremy Richardson and Andrew Broadley. Image supplied


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