Domini Forster (left) and bandmate Chapei Lin have been named as finalists in the Triple J Unearthed High competition.
Domini Forster (left) and bandmate Chapei Lin have been named as finalists in the Triple J Unearthed High competition. Kate O'Neill

Student muso hits Triple J note

DOMINI FORSTER has been named as a finalist in Triple J's Unearthed High competition, a national music competition for high school students.

The Cape Byron Steiner School Year 12 student and her band are among six finalists selected from hundreds of entries from all over Australia.

This week's announcement came as a complete shock to the 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Bangalow, who only decided to enter the competition at the very last minute. “It's all still a bit unreal,” she said.

Domini, who describes her style as 'contemporary folk', has been playing music and singing since childhood.

She started songwriting seriously two years ago after learning the guitar.

“Once I had the guitar, writing songs became very easy with that support for my voice,” she said.

Last year she joined forces with friends and fellow Steiner school students Chapei Lin and Amy McLaughlan, and their music teacher Tom Whitaker, and the band started performing Domini's original compositions.

The band has supported acts including Sara Tindley and the Kingfishers and The Blue Hulas and Ryan Murphy, and played at the Byron Bluesfest this year as part of the Byron Steiner School Showcase.

Their entry for the Unearthed High competition was recorded entirely in the school's music room and was only entered in the last hour of the last day for entries.

Following the announcement of the finalists, Triple J music experts will now choose a winner based on quality of songwriting, musicianship and the potential to benefit from a re-recording of the winning track.

If Domini wins, she and the band will score a trip to Sydney with studio time at the Triple J studios, airplay on Triple J and a profile piece on JTV. The students of Cape Byron Steiner will also get a lunchtime concert by Art vs Science.

Domini and her mates, 75 per cent of whom are in the middle of their trial HSC, are now eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner on Thursday.

To hear Domini Forster and rate her song, go to triplejunearthed.com/UnearthedHigh and follow the 'meet our finalists' link.


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