2016 Champion of the Year – Guy Cooper

Guy is a lecturer and teacher at Griffith University’s Bachelor of Popular Music and has played a critical role in developing the degree as well as building the studios its student’s work and learn from. He manages local acts, runs a record label and studio and plays in a heap of local bands. He personally finances and supports local Gold Coast talent and assists local musicians with advice and support in their careers – often for free. He started the first Gold Coast music press Undertow and also help found the Gold Coast Music Industry Association. Guy has won several international awards for production and he has signed local GC acts into international contracts and tours helping sell more than 1.5 million copies of their discs so far. During 2015 alone Guy helped develop local artists including Julia Rose, Reichelt, Being Jane Lane, Charlie Rebel, Holly Terrens and The Band from Oddworld. He has helped Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell grow to be one of the biggest acts in hip-hop across Queensland and Australia, including supporting them to score national support slots with 360, Tech Ni9e, Allday and Remi. Guy has been touring his Gold Coast artists to Japan regularly and also brings many Japanese artists to the Australian scene. He is credited with providing an incredible level of back end support by many local artists, from little things like building Felicity Lawless and CC the Cat’s websites to crisis meetings with local bands who are falling apart, helping artists deal with depression and build sustainable professional careers.


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June 22, 2016