If it wasn’t for the shiny new laptop that introduced him to the world of web-camming, 23-year-old Brisbane singer-songwriter Zeek Power would not currently be enjoying just under 2 million collective views on his YouTube page, and if it wasn’t for his little sister, he wouldn’t be the talk of the Australian music scene.
“Long story cut short, my little sister found out about the competition first and she sent me a link on Facebook. And being a musician, I leave everything late – you wake up late and you don’t do anything all day.” The competition Zeek is referring to is the Telatra 2nd Chance Song competition, which Zeek won with his stunning rendition of Bob Evans‘ Don’t You Think It’s Time.
“I ended up forgetting all about it and it got to the last day of submitting entries and my sister reminded me about it, like, ‘Crap! I haven’t even done anything about it’,” Zeek recalls. “The video that I put up was purely last-minute, like a one-take thing. I have super-slow internet at home, so it takes four hours for a video to upload on YouTube. I’m still living in the Stone Age, man.”
Zeek credits the fact that he’d never actually heard Don’t You Think It’s Time before — “I don’t really listen to that style of music that much” — with helping him win the competition over what he describes as some “amazing” entries. “Because I hadn’t really been familiar with the original that much… it became its own song,” he says.