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Big Scary win the 9th Australian Music Prize!

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Wednesday  March  5,  2014 

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Big  Scary  win  the  9th  Australian  Music  Prize! 

  

The 9th Coopers AMP is proud to announce Big Scary as the winner of the 9th Australian Music Prize for their album ‘Not Art’, and recipient of $30,000 in prize money courtesy of principal partner PPCA. Big Scary’s Tom Iansek and Joanna Syme first emerged from Melbourne’s music scene in 2006, and ‘Not Art’ is their second album. Stimulated by the dense production ethic and clipped, sampled nature of hip-hop, the pair took the genre’s distinctive sound and found unique approaches to apply it to their uncluttered pop sensibilities.

Joanna Syme said, "We're huge fans of the AMP -­‐ any award that has bands like The Mess Hall and Eddy Current Suppression Ring in its short history of winners has gotta be doing something right. That's why it's a huge honour to be awarded this year's prize. We'd like to acknowledge and praise all the other artists -­‐ Short-­‐ listed, Long-­‐listed and beyond. There's been a bunch of Australian albums made in the last year that we're in awe of. Thanks so much to Coopers and to the judges for putting in the long (but surely enjoyable?) hours of listening and organising. This prize shines a spotlight on albums that might not have a place in other award categories. Cheers!".


Big Scary were officially announced as the winner at the invite only Amped Up in Conversation event – presented by PPCA and Coopers – held at the Basement in Sydney, attended by the Shortlisted artists along with industry and media.


Dan Rosen, CEO PPCA said, “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. We hope PPCA’s $30,000 contribution will assist in developing Big Scary’s career and help take their music to the world.”


As long time supporters of local talent in Australia, Cam Pearce, National Marketing Director at Coopers, AMP’s Naming Rights Partner said, “It is testament to the award (AMP) that so many great bands see the benefit in being involved with such a respected industry award. Coopers has a proud history of involvement with Australian music.”


Amped Up in Conversation featured Grammy Award winning album producer Steve Lillywhite as this year’s international guest speaker, who has worked with such artists as The Rolling Stones, U2, Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds and Morrissey.
Steve Lillywhite said, “The quality of all the Shortlisted artists was exceptionally high. I especially like Big Scary, the sonic quality of their album works really well.”
Big Scary’s album ‘Not Art’ was selected by the 11 member judging panel made up of artists, journalists and music retailers from across Australia including Dave Faulkner (Chairperson), Bernard Zuel (Sydney Morning Herald), Renee Geyer, Tim Levinson (Urthboy), Chris Johnston (The Age), Mikey Cahill (Herald Sun), Mike Glynn (JB Hi FI), Christopher Powell (Blackwood Sounds, Adelaide – retail), Shannon Logan (Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane – retail), Chris Berkley (Red Eye Records, Sydney – retail) and Nate Nott (Polyester Records, Melbourne – retail).
AMP Founder and Director Scott Murphy said, “Our ongoing aim has always been to seek and recognise Australian music of excellence across all genres. Big Scary’s win is a reflection of everything we set out to achieve each year. Big congratulations to Jo and Tom who, thanks to PPCA, have $30,000 to continue making great music”.


The Coopers AMP has the unique distinction of being the only music award that doesn't separate artists by genre or other arbitrary distinctions. Every album has an equal chance of winning the AMP, whether it is commercial or one from the musical "fringe", electronic or acoustic, experimental or traditional.
The 9th Coopers AMP was proudly supported by PPCA as Principal Partner for the ninth consecutive year, and Australia’s leading music streaming service Spotify were warmly welcomed as a new Industry Sponsor. This year’s AMP also featured the inaugural Highly Regarded list of 25 artists, whose albums were recognised alongside the Longlist.

The handpicked group of 43 artists who made the 9th Coopers AMP Longlist, became a smaller select group of 9 Shortlisted artists on January 26.

Big Scary were chosen from the group of Shortlisted artists, which this year includes Beaches (‘She Beats’), Big Scary (‘Not Art’), Cloud Control (‘Dream Cave’), Dialectrix (‘The Cold Light Of Day’), Horrorshow (‘King Amongst Many’), Jagwar Ma (‘Howlin’’), Jen Cloher (‘In Blood Memory’), Jimblah (‘Phoenix’) and Kirin J Callinan (‘Embracism’).

Big Scary’s win follows Hermitude who were the 2012 Coopers AMP winners.


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For further information on the 9th Coopers AMP please contact:
Valerie MacIver, VMPR: valerie.maciver@vmpr.com.au / 02 9415 1424

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The Full Shortlist Announced!

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Sunday January 26, 2014

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The Full Shortlist Announced!

 

The 9th Coopers AMP is proud to announce the list of nine artists who have been Shortlisted for this year’s Award, following the deliberation of the judging panel that have spent countless hours listening to all of the eligible albums from all genres of music.

 Selected from a Longlist of 43 artists, alongside the inaugural Highly Regarded list of 25 artists, the 9th Coopers AMP Shortlist in alphabetical order is:

 

The 9th Coopers AMP Shortlisted Albums

‘She Beats’ by Beaches

‘Not Art’ by Big Scary

‘Dream Cave’ by Cloud Control

‘The Cold Light Of Day’ by Dialectrix

‘King Amongst Many’ by Horrorshow

‘Howlin’’ by Jagwar Ma

‘In Blood Memory’ by Jen Cloher

‘Phoenix’ by Jimblah

‘Embracism’ by Kirin J Callinan

 

The Shortlist was officially unveiled at the Shortlisted! event held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on January 26.  Shortlisted! was co-hosted by singer-songwriter Ella Hooper and Tim Levinson, aka Urthboy, and featured performances by Shortlisted artists Kirin J Callinan, Beaches, Jen Cloher and Dialectrix alongside headliners and 8th Coopers AMP winners Hermitude.

 

Scott B. Murphy, Founder and Prize Director, said, “Nine years on and I still don’t know how the judges pull it off – selecting nine great albums from over 300 that they listen to! Yet again our Shortlist shows what amazing Australian talent is out there and that the world needs to hear it. The ninth shortlist is particularly impressive as it contains two artists who have had earlier albums Shortlisted.”

 

Two of the artists in this year’s Shortlist have made the Shortlist in previous years – psych-rock five piece Beaches were previously nominated for their 2008 self-titled album, and Cloud Control were the 2010 AMP Winners for their debut album ‘Bliss Release’.

 

Having both released a second album in 2013, Beaches are now nominated for ‘She Beats’ while Cloud Control are nominated for ‘Dream Cave’. Like its predecessor, ‘She Beats’ reflects a love for 60s pop, 70s psych, shoe-gaze, prog, Southern boogie and Krautrock, while for Cloud Control, ‘Dream Cave’ is the result of periods of seclusion, persecution and exposure to the musically sublime and ridiculous. Unlike their debut, ‘Dream Cave’ sees the band cut loose from their roots and embrace a spirit of experimentation.

 

Big Scary’s Tom Iansek and Jo Syme first emerged from Melbourne’s music scene in 2006, ‘Not Art’ is their second album. Stimulated by the dense production ethic and clipped, sampled nature of hip-hop, the pair took the genre’s distinctive sound and found unique approaches to apply it to their uncluttered pop sensibilities.

 

Dialectrix is regarded as one of the most prolific MCs and hip-hop performers in the country. The passionate lyricist released two albums and an EP ahead of his third studio album, ‘The Cold Light of Day’ which has made the 9th Coopers AMP Shortlist.

 

Hip hop duo Horrorshow’s much anticipated third album ‘King Amongst Many’ stormed to #2 on the ARIA Album Chart and #1 on the iTunes album chart in 2013. In addition to making the 9th Coopers AMP Shortlist, ‘King Amongst Many’ was nominated for an ARIA Award and j award.

 

Jagwar Ma set out to create a sound that would capture their love for contemporary electronica and classic American Soul, Joe Meek and King Tubby, vintage drum machines and radio frequency manipulation, and improvised percussion. ‘Howlin’ is their debut album.

 

It’s singer-songwriter Jen Cloher’s third album ‘In Blood Memory’ that has seen her make the 9th Coopers AMP Shortlist. Jen’s first album ‘Dead Wood Falls’ saw her nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Female Artist, while her second album ‘Hidden Hands’ was named one of the top ten releases of 2009 by The Age and nominated for three Age EG Awards.

 

Jimblah is a producer, MC and vocalist from Adelaide. Hailing from the Larrakia Nation in Top End Northern Territory, he is influenced by a wide range of different artists and genres, his main passion being hip hop. Jimblah’s ‘Phoenix’ album quickly peaked at #1 on the AIR Chart.

 

Kirin J Callinan is Shortlisted for his debut album ‘Embracism’. Produced by Kim Moyes (The Presets) at his home studio in Sydney and mixed in the upstate NY home studio of Chris Taylor (CANT, Grizzly Bear), ‘Embracism’ shows Callinan’s signature shards of six string wizardry, distinctive croon, demented machismo and laconic sincerity.

 

March 5 will see the announcement of the 9th Coopers AMP Winner, who will be awarded $30,000 courtesy of PPCA. The Coopers AMP has the unique distinction of being the only music award that doesn't separate artists by genre or other arbitrary distinctions. Every album has an equal chance of winning the AMP.

 

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For further information on the 9th Coopers AMP please contact:

Valerie MacIver, VMPR: valerie.maciver@vmpr.com.au / 02 9415 1424

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Final Additions to the Longlist Announced!

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Friday December 13, 2013

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Final Additions to the Longlist Announced!

 

The 9th Coopers AMP is excited to announce the final list of artists and albums that have made the Longlist for the 2013 Coopers AMP, with the Shortlist announcement to be made on January 26 at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl’s ‘Shortlisted!’ event, and to be followed by the winner announcement in March 2014.

 

The final ten Longlisted artists and their albums are:

‘You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine’ by Ainslie Wills

‘Medicated Spirits’ by Dog Trumpet

‘Harvest Of Gold’ by Gossling

‘Open Season’ by High Highs

‘The Cloud Appreciation Society’ by Melanie Horsnell

‘The Loving Gaze’ by Montero

‘Lovegrass’ by Sara Storer

‘Malabar’ by Songs

‘Rookie’ by The Trouble With Templeton

‘World's End Press’ by World’s End Press

 

This group of ten albums join the already announced list of 33 albums to complete the 9th Coopers AMP Longlist. The announcement follows last week’s inaugural list of 25 Highly Regarded albums; these are albums that the judging panel have deemed worthy of their own recognition. Please see below for the complete list of Longlisted and Highly Regarded albums.

 

In the lead up to the March announcement of the 9th Coopers AMP winner, who will be awarded $30,000 courtesy of PPCA, Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl will play host to the ‘Shortlisted!’ event on Sunday January 26 from 6-8pm. Hermitude will headline the free event where the nine Shortlisted artists will be announced. So come on down!

 

‘Shortlisted!’ – is being held for the first time at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl as part of the official Australia Day celebrations. There will be live performances at ‘Shortlisted!’ by a select group of other artists, with further announcements to be made in the coming weeks.

 

Visit our website www.thecoopersamp.com.au and Facebook page www.facebook.com/australianmusicprize for exclusive videos featuring interviews with some of the Longlisted artists plus exclusive comments from the judges as to why they liked these albums – listen to all the music through our Spotify player. On our Facebook page exchange comments with us and the Longlisted artists.

 

The 9th Coopers AMP Longlisted Albums

‘Kiss My Apocalypse’ by Abbe May

‘All Day Venus’ by Adalita

‘You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine’ by Ainslie Wills

‘She Beats’ by Beaches

‘Not Art’ by Big Scary

‘Familiar Stranger’ by Bob Evans

‘Harlequin Dream’ by Boy & Bear

‘The Wolves’ by Brighter Later

‘Dream Cave’ by Cloud Control

‘The Cold Light Of Day’ by Dialectrix

‘Calendar Days’ by Dick Diver

‘Medicated Spirits’ by Dog Trumpet

‘Flu Season’ by Fluent Form

‘Harvest Of Gold’ by Gossling

‘The Still And The Steep’ by Heath Cullen

‘Open Season’ by High Highs

‘King Amongst Many’ by Horrorshow

‘Howlin’’ by Jagwar Ma

‘In Blood Memory’ by Jen Cloher

‘Phoenix’ by Jimblah

‘Golden’ by Jimmy Tait

‘The Beginning And The End Of Everything’ by Josh Pyke

‘Embracism’ by Kirin J.Callinan

‘Sun, Cloud’ by Luke Howard

‘The Bright Door’ by Machine Translations

‘The Cloud Appreciation Society’ by Melanie Horsnell

‘The Loving Gaze’ by Montero

‘Beloved’ by New Gods

‘Push The Sky Away’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

‘Step Brothers’ by Palms

‘Conversations With Ghosts’ by Paul Kelly, James Ledger, Genevieve Lacey and ANAMlly

‘Calluses’ by Pikelet

‘Homosapien’ by PVT

‘The Night’s Deeds Are Vapour’ by Ross McLennan

‘I’m A Bird’ by Sam Buckingham

‘Lovegrass’ by Sara Storer

‘Malabar’ by Songs

‘Deleted Scenes’ by Standish/Carlyon

‘Hex Lover Killer’ by The Delta Riggs

‘I See Seaweed’ by The Drones

‘Rookie’ by The Trouble With Templeton

‘Surrender To Victory’ by The Tongue

‘World's End Press’ by World’s End Press

 

The 9th Coopers AMP Highly Regarded Albums

'The Wallflower' by Alex Hahn & The Blue Riders

'Circus In The Sky' by Bliss N Eso

'The Hypnotiser' by Cash Savage & The Last Drinks

'The Fisherman's Daughter' by Crystal Mercy

'Stories Of Ghosts' by Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier

'Vs. Head Vs. Heart' by Emma Louise

'Western Sun' by The Grapes

'You're A Shadow' by Hungry Kids Of Hungary

'Jinja Safari' by Jinja Safari

‘Float Along - Fill Your Lungs' by King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard

'Transition' by Major Chord

'Telling Scenes' by Mantra

'The Hurting Scene' by Melody Pool

'My Escape' by Mr. Grevis

'Nola's Ark' by Monique diMattina

'Lamentations' by Ngaiire

'Atlas' by RUFUS

'All Our Wires' by Seja

'Sleep In The Water' by Snakadaktal

'Caress Your Soul' by Sticky Fingers

'Temperate Touch, Tropical Tears' by Stolen Violin

'Second Front' by Suburban Dark

'Dear Departure' by Sweet Jean

'Weekend' by Underground Lovers

'Exotic Goldfish Blues' by Unity Floors

 

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For a full list of Australia Day events in Melbourne visit: http://www.australiaday.vic.gov.au/whats-on/

For any further information:

Valerie MacIver, VMPR: valerie.maciver@vmpr.com.au / 02 9415 1424

Australia Day: Tracey Hull or Natalie Krug, Department of Premier & Cabinet: tracey.hull@dpc.vic.gov.au or natalie.krug@dpc.vic.gov.au / 03 9651 5174 or 03 9651 1382

 

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The 9th Coopers AMP - Luke Howard

For 'Sun, Cloud', Luke worked with members of the Oslo Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony, as well as past collaborators Janos Bruneel and Leonard Grigoryan. Twice a finalist in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, Luke divides his time between Australia and Europe. He has shared the stage and recording studio with any musicians in his career, including Ben Frost, Paul Grabowsky, the Grigoryan Brothers, and Lior. He has also played on over fifty recordings and has also written music for film and theatre. Luke's music has been described as "cinematic in its approach" (The Age) and "pastoral, almost semi-classical" (The Australian).

Fourteen More Artists Join the Longlist!

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November 26, 2013

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Fourteen More Artists Join the Longlist!

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With entries for The 9th Coopers AMP now officially closed, we’re getting closer to the March 2014 winner announcement as another group of 14 artists join the Longlist, bringing the overall total number of longlisted artists – so far – to 33!

 

The following artists are newly added to the Longlist for The 9th Coopers AMP:

 

‘All Day Venus’ by Adalita

‘Dream Cave’ by Cloud Control

‘Step Brothers’ by The Palms

‘Harlequin Dream’ by Boy & Bear

‘Flu Season’ by Fluent Form

‘Howlin’’ by Jagwar Ma

‘The Beginning And The End Of Everything’ by Josh Pyke

‘The Bright Door’ by Machine Translations

‘Conversations With Ghosts’ by Paul Kelly, James Ledger, Genevieve Lacey and ANAMlly

‘The Still And The Steep’ by Heath Cullen

‘Phoenix’ by Jimblah

‘Golden’ by Jimmy Tait

‘Beloved’ by New Gods

‘The Night’s Deeds Are Vapour’ by Ross McLennan

 

Alex Grigg from The Palms said, "It's really cool that this li'l album we made in our friend's kitchen has caught the attention of Australian Music Industry Professionals. We've already bought dune buggies to celebrate our inevitable victory. Not sure what the return policy on those things is, so yeah, fingers crossed."

 

You can check out all the latest details on the Longlisted artists, as well as listen to the albums of previous winners, at our new and improved website: www.thecoopersamp.com.au. With Spotify on board as an Industry Sponsor, the website now features Spotify playlists for both the Longlisted artists and the previous Winners, as well as giving a Spotify playlist for last year’s Shortlisted artists too!

 

There will be one more group of artists announced as joining the Longlist before the top nine shortlisted artists are revealed on Australia Day. March will see the winner announced and awarded $30,000 courtesy of PPCA. So stay tuned…

 

The 9th Coopers AMP Longlisted Artists…more Longlisted Artists be announced soon!

‘All Day Venus’ by Adalita

‘Dream Cave’ by Cloud Control

‘Step Brothers’ by The Palms

‘Harlequin Dream’ by Boy & Bear

‘Flu Season’ by Fluent Form

‘Howlin’’ by Jagwar Ma

‘The Beginning And The End Of Everything’ by Josh Pyke

‘The Bright Door’ by Machine Translations

‘Conversations With Ghosts’ by Paul Kelly, James Ledger, Genevieve Lacey and ANAMlly

‘The Still And The Steep’ by Heath Cullen

‘Phoenix’ by Jimblah

‘Golden’ by Jimmy Tait

‘Beloved’ by New Gods

‘The Night’s Deeds Are Vapour’ by Ross McLennan

‘The Wolves’ by Brighter Later

‘I’m A Bird’ by Sam Buckingham

‘Sun, Cloud’ by Luke Howard

‘Calluses’ by Pikelet

‘King Amongst Many’ by Horrorshow

‘Calendar Days’ by Dick Diver

‘Surrender To Victory’ by The Tongue

‘Hex Lover Killer’ by The Delta Riggs

‘Deleted Scenes’ by Standish/Carlyon

‘Homosapien’ by PVT

‘In Blood Memory’ by Jen Cloher

‘She Beats’ by Beaches

‘Embracism’ by Kirin J.Callinan

‘I See Seaweed’ by The Drones

‘Familiar Stranger’ by Bob Evans

‘Kiss My Apocalypse’ by Abbe May

‘Not Art’ by Big Scary

‘The Cold Light Of Day’ by Dialectrix

‘Push The Sky Away’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

 

www.thecoopersamp.com.au

www.facebook.com/australianmusicprize

@thecoopersamp

 

For any further information: Valerie MacIver at VMPR: valerie.maciver@vmpr.com.au / 02 9415 1424

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