Your vibe determines your tribe, so they say, and 16-year-old Cromwell College pupil Gemma Jowett has found her people.
The year 12 pupil was one of 150 people to take part in the fifth YAMI Sounz Summit in Wanaka recently.
YAMI, which stands for Youth and Adults in the Music Industry, involves participants workshopping their songs and honing their production and vocal skills with the help of mentors and tutors from well-known Kiwi bands.
This year’s event featured musicians from L.A.B, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Black Seeds, Sola Rosa, Sea Mouse and more.
“It’s like you find your people,” Gemma said.
“You get to meet lots of people. There’s no structure you find out what you want to do, and go follow that.”
The opportunity to try different aspects of the music industry as well as meet other like-minded young people was a highlight for Gemma, who sings and plays guitar.
She took part in a songwriting workshop as well as working on vocal harmonising with Popstars coach Bella Kalolo.
“It was really good. There’s not a lot musos from around here, so it was nice to find my people,” Gemma said.
“Everywhere you went there was music happening.”
Cromwell College teacher of senior music Catherine Forsyth has been taking pupils to YAMI since its inception in 2015.
“It’s good for the kids. They’re getting to meet other like-minded kids and create together,” Mrs Forsyth said.
“They’re meeting people who have been through the music industry.
“These people have been there and know the pitfalls, and its a great opportunity to give [the pupils] ideas.”
YAMI Sounz Summit will return to Wanaka in May 2023.