Wannanup artist Jye Criddle up for WA Music song of the year

Ethan Dixon, Paddy Whitford, Jye Criddle, Liam Demb and Renae Griffiths. Photo: Supplied.
Ethan Dixon, Paddy Whitford, Jye Criddle, Liam Demb and Renae Griffiths. Photo: Supplied.

Guitar, piano, drums and singing.

These are just some of the instruments that spring to mind when Wannanup resident Jye Criddle thinks about when he started playing music at the age of 10.

Now 19 and still a talented musician, Jye alongside his Intrusion bandmates are up for a West Australian Music song of the year award.

"I joined the program called Rock Scholars in 2017. They put young kids together in bands and give you gigs and promote you," Jye said.

"It's a great program for young people.

"I've now been with my band Intrusion for four and a half years so we are a really close-knit group."

Intrusion's song, Good Faith has been nominated in the 'outstanding regional category', which is their second nomination after being up for the same award in 2019 for their song titled Rage.

This is not the first time Jye has been recognised for his musical talent as he was picked to play Fairbridge Festival in 2019 and Intrusion were named Rock Scholar's 'Band of the Year' in 2017.

As the writer and the lead singer on the nominated song, Jye said it was amazing for it to receive recognition.

"I write the lyrics and the guitarist writes the music then everyone else fills in their parts," he said.

"It's pretty overwhelming. It's nice to be recognised after writing for so long.

"Getting nominated for an award is pretty amazing and we're very proud of it."

The post-90s, progressive rock song Good Faith will be available for everyone to hear in August.

"Good Faith is about coming of age and what you want to do for the rest of your life and figuring out who you are as a person," Jye said.

"We are launching this song in August so that's really exciting."

Jye said he can't wait to play the song live.

"I just want to take this as far as it goes and keep playing gigs and release music," he said.

"It's fun seeing people sing your songs back to you and it's good to know that people enjoy your music and respond to it.

"If the opportunity ever came up I would love to be playing with the band full time. That's my goal."

This year's nominees are in the running for a share of over $45,000 in prizes and the opportunity to join the star-studded ranks of previous winners such as Stella Donnelly, The Waifs and Methyl Ethel.

The awards will be held at Freo.Social on June 30.

For more details on Intrusion visit their Facebook.