Bundy local Bec Callander (middle right) alongside Rackett band members Kat Ayala, Ally Gavin and Astrid Holz.
Bundy local Bec Callander (middle right) alongside Rackett band members Kat Ayala, Ally Gavin and Astrid Holz. Contibuted: Daniel Boud

Punk pop muso attributes her success to her Bundy roots

RACKETT singer Rebecca Callander attributes growing up in Bundy as a key stepping stone on the way to her up-and-coming musical success.

Callander said she was heavily involved in the city's performing scene when she lived here and said that helped her hone her skills in the industry.

"My performing arts foundation and education has all come from Bundaberg," she said.

Callander spent 13 years studying tap, jazz and ballet at Diane McLennan Dancers, and was school captain at East State Primary School.

"I do vividly remember that in the final year of that I started my own Spice Girls fan club, and had all the girls dressing up as the Spice Girls running routines," she said.

The all-female, Sydney-based punk pop band was hand-picked by well-known Aussies The Rubens to compete for the chance to play at this year's Aria Week showcase as well as a mentoring and studio session with the legends themselves.

"One of them saw us play at Secret Gardens two years ago. Since then their management's been sussing us out," Callander said.

"In my opinion we've already won just because of the increase in exposure."

Rackett is among four bands in their genre competing for the Extra Support Acts campaign. People can get behind the band at bit.ly/2nZO4AY. Each view on their video counts as a vote. It had more than 91,000 views yesterday.