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Benjamin Hooper

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
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"Benjamin Hooper"

Cinematic Pop musician Benjamin Hooper spent half of his college life religiously listening to a broad spectrum of music genres, so it is fitting that his latest Ep NATURAL REACTION is dotted with nods to jazz and Funk.

"I was accepted for a bachelor’s degree in performance music on the cello studying with one of the worlds most renowned cello teachers Markus Stocker," Hooper begins

"At university I dedicated 50 percent of my time to listening to all kinds of music from classical to pop, world music to rock'n'roll and even some opera! I felt this to be a vital part to maturing as a musician but also a fantastic way to discover new music that was often left unturned in my music catalogue."

On the subject of emotive expression, Hooper says he communicates more successfully through song than in everyday life.

I think my music expresses a very deep personal side of who I am," he says. "My lyrics reflects many things - some personal, some trivial, and some fictional lyrics. I also believe music has the ability to speak to the soul and communicate in its own special way. That’s why I love being a musician."

Hooper says his eclectic range of instruments used on the Ep came together because of his dealing with different instruments whilst studying at the Queensland Conservatorium.

"After discussing the Natural Reaction Ep with my producer Peter Blyton in Sydney, it became very clear that we both wanted to tackle this Ep from a creative angle yet still make it accessible to the general music listener."
"For many years I played cello in orchestras and string quartets and felt that side of my music needed to be expressed in my song writing. The song 'Natural Reaction' is a perfect example featuring a large string section along side the usual rock band setup. A very moving Ballard, this song has to be my favourite on the Ep. Other tracks like '7 Days' and 'Love Drunk' kick along nicely with the catchy horn lines that mould the music into something very tasty and unique."

Benjamin Hooper plays the Globe Theatre Saturday 26th April 2008 - "Time Off" street press Brisbane Aust


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Benjamin Hooper a finalist in the Australian Songwriting Contest

Benjamin Hooper has been short-listed as a finalist for the Australian Songwriters Association 2008 Australian Songwriting Contest for his song 'Natural Reaction'.

Benjamin Hooper looks like he's going to be a force in the industry for years to come - his music combining typical “rock� instruments like electric guitar, bass and drums, with cello, piano, saxophone and trumpet. A Conservatorium boy - we can't wait to see his name up in lights! - Musicadium


"Musical Inspiration"

Benjamin Hoopers Life is like a musical.
The Coorparoo songwriter, who has been named a finalist in the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Australian Songwriting Contest, says his best communication tool was his songwriting.
"My lyrics reflect many things - some personal, some fictional and some trivial, " he said.
"I also believe music has the ability to speak to the soul and communicate in its own special way." "Thats why i love being a musician."
He said he was "suitably chuffed" when his composition 'Natural Reaction' was selected from the thousands of entries submitted from around Australia.
The contest is highly respected and extremely prestigious, offering more than $36,000 in prizes, and culminates in a glittering awards night in Sydney.
He plans to promote his record, also titled "Natural Reaction", through Qld and on itunes....

www.benjaminhooper.com.au - South East Advertiser


Discography

Inside Out - 2004
Bite the Bullet - 2006
Natural Reaction Solo Album - 2008
Free Your Mind :Trio Album - Apr 2010

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As front man and founder of the Australian band Paisley, Benjamin Hooper has moved ahead leaps and bounds since the band split in 2007. His debut solo EP Natural Reaction received National and International Air play. The title track from the EP was listed in the final round of 4000+ entries in the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) songwriter’s competitions.

Not only has Hooper’s songwriting developed into a craft he can rightly call his own, He has impressed industry professionals with his ability to write songs that connect in a truly unique way.

Since forming his Trio in late 2009, He has written a handful of songs that made it to his debut album which was officially released in Late 2010. With his single “Hello Dreamer” being listed in the top 17 songs of the International “Show Me The Music” songwriting competition, Benjamin's Free Your Mind Album is destined to be some of his finest work to date. His Trios melodic pop/rock/folk sound are bound for success in 2011. So keep your ear to the ground for the eruption of the Benjamin Hooper Trio!

Check it out at www.myspace.com/benjaminhoopermusic