UCOL Contemporary Music Lecturer (and Graduate) Daniel ‘DC’ Harding is back from LA where he attended the LA Music Awards nomination event, after being nominated for two awards. Here’s his update on the trip…
Hey hey!! WOAH! What a crazy turn around! Three countries in five days!
Los Angeles was awesome! It’s great when your passion allows you to travel around the world.
In July I was nominated for TWO Los Angeles Music Awards appropriately known as “LAMAs” (the States use abbreviations for everything)! I was nominated for “Best Pop Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Male Artist” of the year for 2014.
I stayed at this Hotel Backpackers in West Hollywood called the “Banana Bungalow” which I highly recommend. Great place to stay, great people, great staff, great customer service.
The LAMAs Press event was held on September 25 at the world famous Whiskey A Go Go. It was here that I was presented with my certificate of nomination for both my categories. This event meant that I was able to promote myself as an artist and my music. I got to meet some really cool people whilst at the event, including a bunch of industry professionals who helped to launch the careers of some pretty big names! I’m happy to say that I have a bunch of meetings the next time I go over in November.
In between all the official work that I had to do, I was able to look around Hollywood and Beverly Hills! The Hollywood walk of fame is fantastic! Really LOOOOOOONG but fantastic! It would take you half a day to do the whole thing! That is if you’re interested in looking at every single star. It’s amazing to think that at one point, majority of those people who received their star, actually stood right by it. Whilst I was on my missions in Hollywood I stopped by Wax Museum. Talk about freaky! Every corner you turn there’s someone that you know looking at you. Haha.
One of the things that tickled my funny bone is when I went into the McDonalds to compare our product with theirs, was a sign on the pillar. But you’ll have to check out the photo, it’s hilarious!
All of this was made possible because of a bunch of businesses, my family and of course UCOL. UCOL provided me with $500 which went on to my airfare. It was great; I was able to publically thank all my sponsors on stage at the Whiskey A Go Go. I’m proud to have studied at the Universal College of Learning. I’m proud to have worked for UCOL for two years in a row in different departments. Last year as a Student Ambassador where I helped to raise student awareness of UCOL’s presence and what we offer as an efficient, up to date learning institution where people come from all over the world to partake in what UCOL has to offer and also what Whanganui has to offer as well. Now, I’m a part time Instrument Specialist Consultant for Vocals on UCOL’s Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance L4 of which I was a student last year. It’s here I take the pleasure in thanking UCOL for their contribution to my career.
I have to return in November to attend the ceremony and do a small tour. I’ll be holding different fundraising events throughout October and November. My first one will be “The Great Whanganui Quiz” – Anndion Lodge, Anzac Parade, 17 October 2014 from 7pm. Performances by myself and Shelley Walls.