Radio listeners may be familiar with ABC’s hipster station ‘Triple J’ 99.3 on the FM band.
Raymond Zhang, a Year 12 student from Mundaring’s Parkerville campus has been nominated as one of five finalists in the ‘Triple J Unearthed High’ Songwriters’ competition – a national music composition contest for high school students.
Raymond, who goes under the stage name 'Raymondouu' describes his music as “pensive snapshots into the life of a sad, ordinary teen, with a hint of sass and humour that hopefully people can appreciate.”
The competition runs across Australia each year and receives thousands of entrants every year, making Raymond’s achievement substantial by music industry standards.
The winner is paired with an Australian music icon to mentor their career and recording time is provided in a professional studio.
Raymond has three songs currently uploaded on ‘Triple J’s Unearthed’ platform, a place for unknown musicians to upload music and be discovered. His laconic talent sprung from an arbitrary decision made in his early years at Mundaring Christian College.
“I’ve only been writing music for three years. I was in Year 8 and decided to pick music class as an elective - I’m not too sure why, I think Art was full,” says Raymond.
Is Raymond the voice of a new generation?
“If I can give them [my listeners] a voice and they can relate to in my songs, that’s the rewarding part. That’s good enough for me.”
Keep an eye out for Raymond’s other compositions on Spotify or on the Triple J website.
Well done, Raymondouu!