|Solid gold: Musicians Lee Martin (left) and Karl Austin had their instruments stolen in Los Angeles - but still managed to bring back the gold from the World Championship of performing Arts.|
By Jimmy Hick
Taranaki musicians Lee Martin and Karl Austin played up a storm at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles – despite having their instruments stolen just before the show.
Austin said the pair were enjoying a few drinks at a Los Angeles bar before the contest when their guitars were swiped from right in front of them.
“We were having a bit of a good night, hanging out with some local kids,” he said. “We played them a mini concert, then they did the old smoke and mirrors and took off with our gear. I chased them and fell down some stairs.”
The World Championship of PerformingArts is a global talent quest, where singers, dancers, musicians and actors compete for medals and exposure.
Luckily the New Plymouth duo who use the stage name Austin Martin managed to get new instruments before the competition.
The effort was worth it as the duo snared 14 medals, 12 of which were gold.
Austin Martin, were selected to perform in Los Angeles as part of 14-strong New Zealand contingent of competitors.
Now they're back home, they want to keep up the momentum.“The plan is to write an album and get back over to the States,” Austin said, “although there’s definitely some Taranaki gigs in the pipeline.”
Jimmy Hick is a Witt journalism student