Candelo drum teacher takes pulse of the Peak

Andie Bilaniwskyj-Zarins from Candelo is the official blogger at Perisher’s Peak Festival.

Andie Bilaniwskyj-Zarins from Candelo is the official blogger at Perisher’s Peak Festival.

YOUNG Candelo resident Andie Bilaniwskyj-Zarins has won the Peak Festival Blogger Competition and will be the official blogger at the festival.

The competition was for a young person aged 18-28 from South Eastern NSW to perform general blogging duties for the Peak Festival, a music festival that takes place on the June long weekend in the Perisher Valley. 

Andie, 18, feels “lucky” to have won the competition. 

“I like music - I want to be around it,” he said.

“It’s a good chance to meet artists who are already in the industry. 

“And I’ll get to see the snow for the first time.” 

As official blogger, Andie will get the chance to interview artists, take photos, take videos and document the whole experience of the festival. 

It is also a learning experience, as he will be trained by public relations manager of the festival Bettina Richter. 

“What I hope to achieve is making some new friends, having a good blogging experience and meeting artists in the industry,” Andie said. 

“I think it’s already an achievement that I got it!”

Andie has been playing drums for the last six years and teaches the instrument at Magpie Music, sometimes tutoring up to 25 children a week. 

He began playing the drums as they were the only instrument that grabbed his attention at the time, however now he is also a guitarist, pianist and singer. 

He was a member of local band Platypi and hopes to study a Bachelor of Contemporary Music in Melbourne. 

He hopes to start a new band when he goes to university with similar people who share his passion for music. 

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