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Remi wins the 10th Australian Music Prize

The 10th Coopers AMP is proud to announce REMI as the winner of the 10th Australian Music Prize for his album ‘Raw X Infinity’.

23-year-old Melbourne artist REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J are one of the fastest-rising hip-hop acts in Australia and are quickly gaining the attention of international tastemakers. REMI has the ability to whip crowds into a frenzy and their new album ‘Raw X Infinity’ has received numerous awards, nominations and critical acclaim from right across the globe.

REMI said, "It's absolutely crazy. We put everything we could into this album and to get this kind of recognition is amazing. I mean, we made this album in Sensible J's spare bedroom so to be nominated at this level is pretty mind-blowing. We really just want to say a massive thanks to anyone who has listened to it closely and supported us so far."

Taking home $30,000 in prize money courtesy of PPCA, REMI was officially announced tonight as the winner of the 10th Coopers AMP at the AMPed Up in Conversation event, presented by PPCA and held at the Paddington Town Hall in Sydney.

The invite only event celebrated the win by REMI as well as the respected and peerless history of the decade long Coopers AMP, and was attended by the Shortlisted artists alongside more than 200 industry and media guests.

AMPed Up in Conversation also featured leading artist managers John Watson (Gotye, Silverchair, Cold Chisel) and Scott MacLachlan (Lorde) in conversation, moderated by Fairfax Senior Music Writer (and Coopers AMP judge) Bernard Zuel.

Dan Rosen, Chief Executive Officer of PPCA said, “On behalf of all at PPCA, it is an honour to present REMI with a cheque for $30,000 for what was truly a remarkable album and a worthy addition to the growing list of AMP winners that have left their mark on the Australian music scene. Congratulations to REMI and we hope this contribution from PPCA will provide further assistance in taking his music to the world.”

Cam Pearce, National Marketing Director at Coopers said, “The 10th Coopers AMP has once again seen so many great bands participate in the industry awards, Coopers would like to congratulate REMI on winning The 10th Australian Music Prize. The Coopers AMP continues to recognise and reward success in Australian music, an industry in which Coopers is proud to support.”

REMI ‘s album was selected by the expert 15 member industry judging panel made up of artists, media and retailers from across Australia including Chairperson Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), Chris Berkley (Red Eye Records, Sydney), Mikey Cahill (New Ltd), Bryget Chrisfield (The Music), Jen Cloher (artist), Mike Glynn (JB Hi FI), Chris Johnston (Fairfax), Tim Levinson (Urthboy), Sam Lockwood (The Jezabels), Shannon Logan (Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane), Nate Nott (Polyester Records, Melbourne), Christopher Powell (Blackwood Sounds, Adelaide), Sarah Smith (Sound Alliance), Myf Warhurst (Double J), and Bernard Zuel (Fairfax). 

Coopers AMP Founder and Director Scott B. Murphy said, “REMI’s win reflects all that we aim to achieve each year, as the Coopers AMP seeks to recognise Australian music of excellence across all genres. It’s amazing to see hip-hop in Australia grow so quickly. I want to congratulate REMI on his win, and hope that the $30,000 provided by PPCA will allow him to continue inspiring us with great music.”

From a Longlist of 65 albums and a Shortlist of nine albums - with every album released for the first time between January 1 and December 31 in 2014 being eligible - REMI was chosen as the winner in the search to acknowledge and reward excellence in Australian music.

The 10th Coopers AMP Shortlisted albums are: ‘About Face’ by #1 Dads, ‘Built On Glass’ by Chet Faker, ’Gon' Boogaloo' by C.W. Stoneking, ‘Grassed Inn’ by Blank Realm, ‘Laura Jean’ by Laura Jean, ‘Raw X Infinty’ by REMI, 'Tales' by The Peep Tempel, 'The Sleeper' by Caitlin Park and ‘Typical System’ by Total Control.

REMI's win follows previous Coopers AMP winners:

2013 – ‘Not Art’ by Big Scary
2012 – ‘Hyperparadise’ by Hermitude
2011 – ‘Prisoner’ by The Jezabels
2010 – ‘Bliss Release’ by Cloud Control
2009 – ‘Wonder’ by Lisa Mitchell
2008 – ‘Primary Colours’ by Eddie Current Suppression Ring
2007 – ‘Devil’s Elbow’ by The Mess Hall
2006 – ‘Moo, You Bloody Choir’ by Augie March
2005 – ‘Wait Long By The River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By’ by The Drones

The 10th Coopers AMP was made possible by the loyal support provided by our Founding Sponsor and Principal Partner PPCA, Naming Rights Partner Coopers and Industry Sponsor Spotify. 

The Shortlist is Announced!

As momentum builds towards the March 4 winner announcement, the 10th Coopers AMP is proud today to announce the Shortlist of nine albums.

 
Selected from the already announced Longlist of 65 albums by the expert 15 member industry judging panel, the 10th Coopers AMP Shortlist in alphabetical order is:
 
The 10th Coopers AMP Shortlist
‘About Face’ by #1 Dads
‘Built On Glass’ by Chet Faker
’Gon' Boogaloo' by C.W. Stoneking
‘Grassed Inn’ by Blank Realm
‘Laura Jean’ by Laura Jean
‘Raw X Infinty’ by REMI
'Tales' by The Peep Tempel
'The Sleeper' by Caitlin Park
‘Typical System’ by Total Control
 
Tom Iansek, one half of the 9th Coopers AMP winners Big Scary, features again in this year’s Shortlist with his solo moniker #1 Dads and the album ‘About Face’. The project is a way for Iansek to remain creative between Big Scary album cycles and touring, and to find a place for his songs that would remain homeless outside of his better known outfit.
 
Iansek said of the nomination, "I'm elated and a little shocked to be included in the AMP shortlist for 2014. I didn't expect any reaction from the album's release and to have one as overwhelmingly positive as this has been amazing. Many of my favourite albums from last year were from Aussie artists and I can't wait to see who else made the list, I'm sure I'll be in good company!"
 
Other Shortlisted artists who have previously been nominated include C.W.Stoneking who featured on the 2008 Shortlist with his album ‘Jungle Blues’, and Total Control member Mikey Young who was also a member of Eddy Current Suppression Ring who won the 2008 Coopers AMP, and were Shortlisted in 2010.
 
Nominated for the first time is multiple ARIA Award winner Chet Faker for his album ‘Built On Glass’, that has already seen Faker top many end of year ‘Best Of’ album lists and saw him recently perform ‘Gold’ on the Ellen show in the US.
 
AMP Founder and Prize Director Scott B. Murphy said, “Our 10th Shortlist! Including these fine 9 albums we’ve now successfully promoted over 90 great Australian albums, globally – I am very proud of this achievement and I thank all the artists, judges, patrons and sponsors who have assisted along the journey.”
 
A celebratory 10th anniversary dinner will be held in Sydney on March 4, when $30,000 in prize money courtesy of PPCA, will be awarded to the artist with the winning album. With the judging panel listening to more than 300 albums for the 10th Coopers AMP, every album released for the first time between January 1 and December 31 in 2014, was automatically considered for the 10th Coopers AMP.
 
About the 10th Coopers AMP Shortlisted Artists
#1 Dads - ‘About Face’
Tom Iansek, one half of the 9th Coopers AMP winners Big Scary, features again in this year’s Shortlist with his solo moniker #1 Dads and the album ‘About Face’. The project is a way for Iansek to remain creative between Big Scary album cycles and touring, and to find a place for his songs that would remain homeless outside of his better known outfit. Songs about desire, songs about loss… themes sung about for centuries, and delivered in a restrained and humble manner on ‘About Face’.
 
Blank Realm - ‘Grassed Inn’
Brisbane experimental pop band Blank Realm began in the dark days of 2005 as an improvised noise group composed of siblings Sarah, Luke and Daniel Spencer and their spiritual brother Luke Walsh. In the ensuing years the band have released a string of more than a dozen improvised noise albums. The band continue to record and produce all their own recordings at home and in basement rooms around Brisbane. Renowned for their ecstatic live performances Blank Realm has performed at South By Southwest, Glastonbury and the Meredith Music Festival.
 
C.W. Stoneking - 'Gon' Boogaloo'
After a six year wait, C.W.Stoneking returned in 2014 with his new album ‘Gon’ Boogaloo’. Swapping his Vintage national guitar and banjo with a Fender and rock’n’gospel dance hall blues, C.W. recorded 12 tracks directly to tape with his full band, to create his very own hokum wall of sound.
 
Caitlin Park - 'The Sleeper'
Caitlin Park writes and performs folktronica, taking folk and electro-acoustics to new heights with her abstract composition, sampling and nostalgia. ‘The Sleeper’ sees Caitlin progress as a songwriter and performer – embracing bold, pop musicality, and higher production levels, but at all times finding beauty in simple moments and sounds, building and layering until a sonic landscape takes form.
 
Chet Faker - ‘Built On Glass’
Electronica musician Chet Faker signed to Downtown Records in the US in 2012 and issued an extended play, ‘Thinking in Textures’. In October that year he won 'Breakthrough Artist of the Year' and ‘Thinking in Textures’ won 'Best Independent Single/EP' at the Australian Independent Records Awards. Recorded and produced by Faker himself, his debut album 'Built on Glass' was released to critical acclaim in 2014, winning him multiple ARIA Awards and topping many of the ‘Best Of’ album lists in 2014.
 
Laura Jean - ‘Laura Jean’
On her fourth album ‘Laura Jean’, Melbourne folk auteur Laura Jean alternates between startlingly honest portraits of domestic life, and more allegorical tales of a dream world. The self-titled album was recorded in the UK with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp, M Ward), and follow ‘Eden Land’ (2009) and ‘Our Swansong’ (2006).
 
REMI - ‘Raw X Infinty’
Melbourne MC REMI’s second album ‘Raw X Infinity’ saw him work with producers and long-time collaborators Sensible J and Dutch. As the winner of triple j’s 2013 Unearthed J Award, REMI’s much anticipated album was released through his own label House of Beige.
 
The Peep Tempel - 'Tales'
The Peep Tempel is a three-piece Rock ’n’ Roll band from Melbourne who released their second album ‘Tales’ in 2014. With ‘Tales’ the band again teamed up with Clinton Kraus and Anna Laverty to record the album, which is typically brash, yet opens into new territory where the band’s humour is still intact, though possibly darker.
 
Total Control - ‘Typical System’
After forming in 2008 and releasing a series of singles, Melbourne’s Total Control released their debut album ‘Henge Beat’ in August 2011. They toured in the US with San Francisco-based band Thee Oh Sees, with whom they also released a split EP, and performed at the All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival in Somerset in December 2011. Total Control’s second album, ‘Typical System’, was released in June 2014.

 

Final Longlist Announced!

The 10th Coopers AMP has taken another step closer to the finish line with the final Longlist of 65 albums now complete for the 2014 Coopers AMP.

The Coopers AMP continues to be the only Australian music award that doesn’t separate artists by genre or other arbitrary distinctions, and the final six albums to be added to the 10th Coopers AMP Longlist* are:

Bertie Blackman 'The Dash'
Daily Meds 'Sour Milk'
King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard 'I'm In Your Mind Fuzz'
Krakatau 'Water Near A Bridge'
Lanie Lane 'Night Shade'
Shiny Joe Ryan 'Shiny Joe Ryan & The Cosmic Microwave Background'

Lanie Lane said, "Super excited and grateful that Night Shade is nominated for the AMP Award this year. It's always lovely when the arts are acknowledged and celebrated. Congratulations and good luck to all the other nominees!"

One of the 15 industry experts who form the judging panel, Sam Lockwood from The Jezabels, the 2011 Coopers AMP winners, said, “I've been lucky enough to be on both sides of the AMP. I know the absolute joy it is to win, and also the large effort it takes to judge. I know the inner workings now, and can say that it is a measured and in-depth process. To make the Longlist is a massive achievement in itself. I mean, look at the quality on this years Longlist. It's both a credit to the individual artists and also the Australian music scene in general. As a recording artist it's an amazing - and inspiring - experience to listen to the breadth of styles and see how hard many musicians have worked to get their album out there. And that is what the AMP is for I think. To justly reward those musicians who for some reason try so hard to make music that means so much.”

The 10th Coopers AMP Shortlist will be announced on January 21, and will be followed by a celebratory 10th anniversary dinner on March 4, 2015 when the winning artist will be awarded $30,000 in prize money courtesy of PPCA. Every album released for the first time between January 1 and December 31 in 2014, is automatically considered for the 10th Coopers AMP.

The 10th Coopers AMP Final Longlist

#1 Dads ‘About Face’
Allday 'Startup Cult'
Andras & Oscar 'Cafe Romantica'
Angus and Julia Stone 'Angus and Julia Stone'
Augie March 'Havens Dumb'
Ball Park Music ‘Puddinghead’
Bertie Blackman 'The Dash'
Bird Traps 'The Colour Fields'
Black Cab 'Games of the XXI Olympiad'
Blank Realm ‘Grassed Inn’
Bored Nothing ‘ Some Songs’
Briggs ‘Sheplife’
Buried In Verona ‘Faceless’
C.W. Stoneking 'Gon' Boogaloo'
Caitlin Park 'The Sleeper'
Chet Faker ‘Built On Glass’
Collarbones 'Return'
Daily Meds 'Sour Milk'
Dune Rats ‘Dune Rats’
DZ Deathrays ‘Black Rat’
East Brunswick All Girls Choir ‘Seven Drummers’
Emma Russack 'You Changed Me'
Firekites ‘Closing Forever Sky’
Fishing 'Shy Glow'
Flight Facilities 'Down To Earth'
Four Hours Sleep 'Four Hours Sleep'
Guerre 'Ex Nihilo'
GUM 'Delorean Highway'
Harmony ‘Carpetbombing’
Harts ‘Daydreamer’
Hilltop Hoods 'Walking Under Stars'
Hits ‘Hikikomori’
HTRK ‘Psychic 9-5 Club’
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders 'Playmates'
Jane Tyrell 'Echoes In The Aviary'
Joelistics 'Blue Volume'
John Butler Trio 'Flesh & Blood'
Kate Miller-Heidke ‘O Vertigo’
Kimbra 'The Golden Echo'
King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard 'I'm In Your Mind Fuzz'
Krakatau 'Water Near A Bridge'
Lanie Lane 'Night Shade'
Laura Jean ‘Laura Jean’
Lowlakes 'Iceberg Nerves'
Lowtide ‘Lowtide’
Mia Dyson 'Idyllwyld'
Mike Rivett 'Digital Seed'
Nun 'Nun'
One Day 'Mainline'
REMI ‘Raw X Infinty’
Richard In Your Mind - 'Ponderosa'
Sally Seltmann 'Hey Daydreamer'
Seekae 'The Worry'
Shiny Joe Ryan 'Shiny Joe Ryan & The Cosmic Microwave Background'
Sticky Fingers  'Land Of Pleasure'
Straight Arrows ‘Rising’
Sweet Amphetamines 'Duke'
Tape/Off 'Chipper'
Teeth & Tongue ‘Grids’
The Amity Affliction 'Let The Ocean Take Me'
The Ocean Party ‘Soft Focus’
The Peep Tempel 'Tales'
Thundamentals - 'So We Can Remember'
Tom E. Lewis ‘Beneath The Sun’
Total Control ‘Typical System’

 

 

Deadline for entries: November 17th

Stage 1 listening by the judges of The 10th Coopers AMP is nearly over.

The initial stage of the judging process has our judging panel listening to every Australian artist album release in 2014 - the results of this form the Longlist.

To complete stage 1 in a timely fashion so that the judges can set about creating a Shortlist we have set a deadline of midnight on November 17 for us to be notified of any 2014 Australian artist albums.  For albums being commercially released after this date we still want to listen so we asked to be linked to advance online copies asap.

Please advise us of releases by emailing:  info@australianmusicprize.com.au  Or by visiting us in Facebook and sending a message.

The Longlist so far numbers 47 (see below) but please note that this is not final - there are still around 50 albums being listened to by the judges with an anticipated 30 or so that we're yet to be notified about.

Want a taste of the Longlist?  The Chairperson of the judging panel, Dave Faulkner, has been asked to create a playlist featuring a track from most (43) albums which are on the Longlist - you can listen to it by following this Spotify link (please do!).

The Longlist - so far:
(Like our Facebook page in order to know as soon as albums are added)

#1 Dads - 'About Face'
Allday - 'Startup Cult'
Angus and Julia Stone - 'Angus and Julia Stone'
Augie March - 'Havens Dumb'
Ball Park Music - 'Pudding head'
Bird Traps - 'The Colour Fields'
Blank Realm - 'Grassed Inn'
Bored Nothing - 'Some Songs'
Briggs - 'Sheplife'
Buried In Verona - 'Faceless'
C.W. Stoneking - 'Gon' Boogaloo'
Dune Rats - 'Dune Rats'
Mia Dyson - 'Idyllwyld'
DZ Deathrays - 'Black Rat'
East Brunswick All Girls Choir - 'Seven Drummers'
Chet Faker - 'Built On Glass'
Firekites - 'Closing Forever Sky'
Fishing - 'Shy Glow'
Guerre - 'Ex Nihilo'
Harmony - 'Carpetbombing'
Harts - 'Daydreamer'
Hilltop Hoods - 'Walking Under Stars'
HITS - 'Hikikomori'
HTRK - 'Psychic 9-5 Club'
Laura Jean - 'Laura Jean'
Joelistics - 'Blue Volume'
John Butler Trio - 'Flesh & Blood'
Tom E. Lewis - 'Beneath The Sun'
Lowlakes - 'Iceberg Nerves'
Lowtide - 'Lowtide'
Kate Miller-Heidke - 'O Vertigo'
Nun - 'Nun'
One Day - 'Mainline'
Caitlin Park - 'The Sleeper'
The Peep Tempel - 'Tales'
REMI - 'Raw X Infinty'
Richard In Your Mind - 'Ponderosa'
Emma Russack - 'You Changed Me'
Sally Seltmann - 'Hey Daydreamer'
Seekae - 'The Worry'
Sticky Fingers - 'Land Of Pleasure'
Straight Arrows - 'Rising'
Sweet Amphetamines - 'Duke'
Tape/Off - 'Chipper'
Teeth & Tongue - 'Grids'
Thundamentals - 'So We Can Remember'
Total Control - 'Typical System'

Longlist Announced For 10th Coopers AMP

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Thursday October 23, 2014

The 10th Coopers AMP is set to return for yet another round of discussion and debate in the search for the best album of 2014.

Allday, Chet Faker, REMI and DZ Deathrays are among the 36 acts up for the $30,000 prize pot, up for grabs courtesy of PPCA, who is the Founding Sponsor and principle partner. The requirement for entry is that records are not re-releases, Best Of ‘s or compilations. Furthermore, albums must have a minimum of nine tracks or at least be 33 minutes and 20 seconds in length.

An expert industry judging panel consisting of 15 members will be scrutinising all entries, with every album released for the first time between January 1 and December 31 this year eligible to enter.

Dan Rosen, Chief Executive Officer of PPCA stated, “PPCA is delighted to again be on board as the $30,000 major prize sponsor of The AMP – a prize that has remained close to our hearts since its inception a decade ago. Continued support for local artists has been the cornerstone of PPCA for over 40 years, therefore we are honoured to have been the major prize sponsor of the Australian Music Prize since day one.

“2014 has been an exceptional year for excellence in Australian music and we are eagerly looking forward for the winners to be announced.”

Cam Pearce, National Sales and Marketing Director at Coopers Brewery said, “Coopers has a history of supporting live music and local talent and The Coopers AMP is one of Australia’s most respected music prizes which is now in its 10th year. As the sole remaining Australian owned brewery, Coopers continues to support local artists The Coopers AMP.”

Kate Vale, Managing Director Australia & NZ of Spotify (the AMP’s industry sponsor) added, “Spotify is proud to return as the official Industry Sponsor of The Coopers AMP, an integral partnership that forms part of our ongoing commitment to local artists and our great Australian music industry.”

Last year’s winners of The Coopers AMP were Big Scary; who joined the list of past winners that includes Hermitude, The Jezebels, Lisa Mitchell and Augie March.

The Longlist so far is:

#1 Dads – About Face
Allday – Startup Cult
Augie March – Haven’s Dumb
Ball Park Music – Puddinghead
Bird traps – The Colour Fields
Blank Realm – Grassed In
Bored Nothing – Some Songs
Briggs – Sheplife
Buried In Verona – Faceless
Caitlin Park – The Sleeper
Chet Faker – Built On Glass
C.W.Stoneking – Gon Googaloo’
DZ Deathrays – Black rat
East Brunswick All Girls Choir – Seven Drummers
Fishing – Shy Glow
Harmony – Carpetbombing
Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
John Butler Trio – Flesh & Blood
Kate Miller-Heidke – O Vertigo
Laura Jean – Laura Jean
Lowlakes – Iceberg Nerves
Mia Dyson – Idyllwyld
Nun – Nun
One Day – Mainline
REMI – Raw X Infinity
Richard In Your Mind – Ponderosa
Sally Seltmann – Hey Daydreamer
Seekae – The Worry
Straight Arrows – Rising
Sweet Amphetamines – Duke
Tape/Off – Chipper
Teeth & Tongues – Grids
The Peep Tempel – Tales
Tom E. Lewis – Beneath The Sun
Total Control – Typical System

The winner of the 10th Coopers AMP will be announced in March 2015.