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Good news, friends! One way or another, I’ll have ordered a new computer by the end of the day. Expect the artist bio series to stat up by the beginning of next week!
Lights & Music (Live in New York City 2013) // Cut Copy
Interview with Pitchfork // Cut Copy
Day 15 || Cut Copy
Playing: Saturday, Aug. 2
Biography: Cut Copy is a band from Melbourne, Australia. The project was started by Dan Whitford, who, after graduating from university, had started his own graphic design firm and was experimenting with making music, attempting to combine influences from lo-fi and dance music. He began producing music in his home studio and in 2001 was signed to Modular Recordings after sending in a demo tape; soon after signing Whitford produced Cut Copy’s first single, “1981”, with the help of Harry Howard, who would later join the band on guitar. Following the release of the single, Whitford asked his childhood friend Bennett Foddy to be the band’s bassist. The threesome began working on an EP entitled I Thought of Numbers. The tracks on the EP were mostly instrumental and relied on samples; the EP itself was produced by Robbie Charter of The Avalanches. Soon, Cut Copy decided to begin performing live, and played their first show at Australia’s Splendour in the Grass in 2002 to an audience of 5000 people. Soon afterwards, Howard left the band and was replaced by Tim Hoey after he and Whitford began exchanging demo tapes. Tim Hoey rounded out the group’s lineup by bringing drummer Mitchell Scott along with him. The band then set off to work on their first album, for which the songwriting process began when Whitford began writing songs following the breakdown of a sampler at a DJ gig. Soon after writing the songs, Whitford flew to Paris and mixed the album with Philippe Zdar of Cassius. The result was Bright Like Neon Love, which was released in 2004 to modest commercial success. Shortly after the album’s release, Foddy left the band, leaving Whitford, Hoey, and Scott on their own. The three began touring in support of the album as a live band, opening for Franz Ferdinand, The Presets, Junior Senior, and Bloc Party, eventually opening for Daft Punk on their Australian tour in 2007. While touring, Whitford began working on the band’s second album using the three members of the group. In early 2007, they travelled to New York to finish working on the album with Tim Goldsworthy of DFA Records. The album, In Ghost Colours, was released early in 2008. It received many critical accolades and was also a major commercial success in Australia. After touring behind that album, the band quickly regrouped for their fourth album, now a four-piece again with the addition of bassist Ben Browning. the group chose to revamp their style, focusing more on percussion and rhythm and recording the album with only themselves and an engineer in a warehouse in Melbourne. The album, Zonoscope, was released in 2011. The album marked more commercial success for the band internationally, even earning a nomination at the Grammys for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2012. After the success of Zonoscope, Cut Copy reemerged in 2013 with a surprise single revealed at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Following that, they revealed they had erected billboards at six locations across the globe, in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Wales, and Australia, that played another new song, “Free Your Mind”, when the band’s website was accessed on a smartphone near the billboard. In November 2013, the band released their fourth album, also entitled Free Your Mind. This year, the band is touring extensively around the world in support of the new album.
(Photo Credit: Michael Muller)
Home // Above & Beyond
Hi, guys! Unfortunately, my computer’s hard drive has completely failed and I won’t be posting artist bios for a while. Also, perhaps even more unfortunately, I won’t be able to have purchase a new hard drive so I can’t give an exact timeframe for when I’ll be up and running again. I can’t begin to express how disappointed I am that it’s come down to this - I really, really love doing the artist bios - but there’s nothing I can do at this point.
I’m very sorry, guys. Hope to see you all sometime soon.
Need You Now // Cut Copy
Let Me Show You Love // Cut Copy
Full Live Performance at Ultra Music Festival 2014 // Above & Beyond