Crunch time for musos

THIRTY-SIX Northern Rivers acts have been selected as finalists for the Musicoz Awards 2012.

The Awards look for upcoming talent in the independent music scene in 17 different categories, from rock to instrumental, urban to folk and jazz/classical to Christian/Spiritual.

The Musicoz 2012 awards will be presented at the Opera House in Sydney on May 15. The event will be broadcast online via Youtube, Bigpond and Facebook.

Alstonville singer/songwriter Lionheir - also known as Northern Star journalist Paul Appelkamp - is a finalist in this year's Alternative category.

Appelkamp said he used to perform as a solo roots musician but he moved to Alstonville a couple of years ago and changed his stage name and musical style.

"I mainly moved up here to write songs because it is such a beautiful and inspirational place and I thought it would help me artistic- ally", he said.

Originally based in Sydney, Appelkamp spent two years writing songs and recently recorded an album with ARIA-nominated producer and engineer, Anthony Lycenko, and musicians from The Whitlams and Afro Dizzi Act.

The album's first single, Waterfall, will be out later this month.

"My decision to record my new album was the biggest of my life, because the project has entirely been self-funded ($30,000) and I've also been studying at uni and working as a journalist."

Appelkamp and his band will perform at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Saturday, June 9.

Appelkamp's Musicoz entry, Do What You Want To Do, can be heard at

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