Presented in recognition of the achievements of ASA co-founder Rudy Brandsma to an ASA member entrant who demonstrates outstanding potential.
Mike began playing classical guitar at age 9, developing a passion for alternative styles and by age 11 taking up the electric. These days he plays a range of instruments well and is an accomplished vocalist.
Mike’s music reflects his passion for truth and respect, and he gains great pleasure from sharing and encouraging others through song. He works extensively with young people, encouraging freedom of expression and ideas through music. One of his dreams is to write songs to help raise awareness of environmental and social issues and needs.
One of Mike’s career highlights to date is playing with his band “Equinox” before a crowd of 20,000 at the Falls Concert, New Year’s Eve 1997. Equinox has a released a debut CD titled “Off Camijer”. Mike’s been playing guitar since he was a young pup, but these days he plays a range of instruments, as well as being an audio engineer with a small studio down in Apollo Bay ,Vic, where he selflessly helps others who come to record there. From time to time he puts his own talent on a CD and releases it.
Other songwriting awards he has received include:
- Port Fairy Folk Festival Song Contest in 1996
- FOOM 5 (Festival Of Original Music) 1997 Song Contest, hosted by SCALA in South Australia
- Unisong Contest (USA) Encouragement Award
- and many previous finalist placings in previous ASA National Songwriting Contests