In 2020 senior high school musicians recorded their songs in QUT's world-class recording studios with QUT song writing and production staff and students. Three of the best recording artists have now been released by Vermilion Records.
QUT Creative Industries Faculty could not be prouder of all the applicants who applied for the Vermilion High program this year. The Vermilion Records team were blown away by the sheer talent that each of these high school students have. We hope you enjoy their amazing songs as much as we do.
Vermilion High is a brand new entrepreneurial start-up from QUT’s student-run record label, Vermilion Records
The 2020 top 10 recording artists
- Gio Okesene: Fake Relations, Marsden State High School
- Jayden Hobbs: In Awe, Centenary State High School
- Lachlan Pearson: In Awe, Centenary State High School
- James Ball: ANKOR - Castaway, Moreton Bay Boys College
- Oscar Richardson: ANKOR - Castaway, Moreton Bay Boys College
- Cameron Money: ANKOR - Castaway, Moreton Bay Boys College
- Daniel Field: ANKOR - Castaway, Moreton Bay Boys College
- Jared West: ANKOR - Castaway, Moreton Bay Boys College
- Mitchell Gillam: ANKOR - Castaway, Moreton Bay Boys College
- Emily Rigby: Rigby, Mitchelton State High School
- Logan Myer: Hicktown Barandy, Kelvin Grove State College
- Lily Wade: Sinking, Kelvin Grove State College
- Chloe Weinstein: Honeymoon, Mountain Creek State High School
- Kate Tarvit: Gaslight, Kenmore State High School
- Jaidyn Edwards: Compliment, Mount Gravatt High School
- Amy Dignan: Sunset, St Andrew's Lutheran College
The 2020 Vermilion High releases
GIO’s soul-pop sound, OtwoH’s folk-rock masterpiece and ANKOR’s indie-rock bop will send chills down your spine. Treat your ears to GIO, OtwoH and ANKOR’s incredible tunes on all your favourite streaming services.
#1: Give it up for GIO! GIO sweeps us all off our feet with a soulful and unapologetically bold tune about crumbling relationships. “Fake Relations” takes listeners through a story told by heartfelt soul, pop, and blues. GIO’s chill-inducing vocals make for an addictive bop; prepare to have your breath stolen away by those stunning vocal runs and harmonies. There are big things in store for this talented high school musician.
#2: Put your hands together for OTwoH! Listen in awe as OTwoH’s alternative indie folk masterpiece sends chills down your spine. “In Awe”, is about helping your friends. Sometimes their life's in chaos and sometimes well ordered - this is an ode to them. OTwoH’s smooth vocals and sweeping instrumentation at the beginning of the song is pure magic - but watch out for that emotionally charged ending.
#3: Presenting... ANKOR! ANKOR’s indie rock banger, Castaway, strikes the perfect balance between chill, homestyle and raw. Their laid back tune teaches us that no matter what hardships and heartbreaks try to pull you under in life, you can’t let them bring you down.
Please celebrate these talented artists and we hope it inspires you to enter Vermilion High in 2021. Thank you to all the students who submitted a demo and the supporting music teachers.