Cut Copy

Cut Copy
Cut Copy

Cut Copy performing at Le Point Ephémère in Paris, France, 29 February 2008
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Electropop, synthpop, indietronica, dance-punk
Years active 2001–present
Labels Modular
Dan Whitford
Tim Hoey
Mitchell Scott
Ben Browning
Past members
Bennett Foddy

Cut Copy are an Australian electronic band formed in 2001 by Dan Whitford on vocals, keyboard and guitar. Other members are Tim Hoey on guitar and sampler, Ben Browning on bass guitar and Mitchell Scott on drums. Their second album, In Ghost Colours peaked at number-one on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2008. In 2011, Cut Copy's next album, Zonoscope reached number-three.



Cut Copy was formed as an electronic band in 2001 in Melbourne. It was the solo-project of Dan Whitford, a DJ and graphic designer.[1] Whitford released a single "1981" and an extended play, I Thought of Numbers on Modular Recordings by September. In 2003, he recruited additional members Bennett Foddy, Tim Hoey and Mitchell Scott. In April 2004, Cut Copy released their debut LP, Bright Like Neon Love. The album was written and produced by front-man Whitford. Foddy left the group in mid-2004 to study for his Ph.D.[2]

In 2005, the trio toured internationally for the first time, visiting London, New York City and Los Angeles. They have toured with international acts Franz Ferdinand, The Presets, Junior Senior, Bloc Party, and Mylo. In December 2007, the group toured Australia with Daft Punk on the Nevereverland tour, the Sydney leg of which attracted a crowd of almost 50,000.

In 2007 the band had announced the completion of their second album, In Ghost Colours, but its Australian release was delayed until 22 March 2008 to co-ordinate with its international release. In Ghost Colours debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at number-one.[3][4]

In 2008, "Lights and Music" was used in FIFA 09.[5] "Far Away" was played on Nip/Tuck, a United States TV series, on one of its final episodes, in a club scene. In July 2010, radio station Triple J broadcast the teaser track "Where I'm Going", ahead of their third album, Zonoscope. The band confirmed they had officially become a four-piece with the addition of bass guitarist Ben Browning.[6] "Where I'm Going" is the theme song of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook's sneak-preview video, which was released in September 2010.

Zonoscope peaked at number-three in February 2011.[3] The band had premiered its first official single, "Take Me Over", in November 2010 on Triple J's breakfast show with Tom & Alex. In an interview with The Music Network, guitarist Tim Hoey described it as "certainly one of the more pop moments on the album."[7]

In March, the group headlined the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.[citation needed] In June, they played for the first time at Indie Fest, in Puerto Rico[citation needed] and later at the Zappa Club and the Barby Club, in Tel Aviv.[citation needed] In July of 2011, they performed to an audience of 25,000 at the Camp Bisco Ten festival in Mariaville, NY. On September 10, 2011 Cut Copy played the Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Columbia, Maryland. [8]

Band members

  • Dan Whitford – vocals, keyboard, guitar
  • Tim Hoey – guitar, sampler
  • Mitchell Scott – drums
  • Ben Browning – bass guitar

Former members

  • Bennett Foddy – bass, synth



Year Album Details Peak chart positions Certification
FIN CAN IRE UK US Billboard 200 US Dance/ Electronic Albums
2004 Bright Like Neon Love
2008 In Ghost Colours
  • Record Label: Modular Recordings
1 32 167 6
2011 Zonoscope
  • Record Label: Modular Recordings
3 33 65 82 46 2


  • I Thought of Numbers (2001, Modular Recordings)
  • Hearts on Fire (2007, Modular Recordings)
  • Far Away (2008, Modular Recordings)


  • FabricLive.29 (2006, DJ mix compilation, Fabric)
  • So Cosmic (2008, DJ mix, Modular Recordings)


  • "1981" 7" (2001, Modular Recordings)
  • "Drop The Bomb" (2001, Modular Recordings)
  • "Glittering Clouds" (2001, Modular Recordings)
  • "Rendezvous" (2001, Modular Recordings)
  • "Saturdays" (2004, Modular Recordings)
  • "That was Just a Dream" (2004, Modular Recordings)
  • "Future" (2005, Modular Recordings)
  • "Going Nowhere" (2005, Modular Recordings) IRE #48
  • "Hearts on Fire" (2007, Modular Recordings)
  • "So Haunted" (2007, Modular Recordings)
  • "Lights & Music" (2008, Modular Recordings) AUS #64, AUS Dance #8
  • "Hearts on Fire" (2008 Edit), (2008, Modular Recordings) AUS #98, AUS Dance #9, BEL #70
  • "Far Away" (2008, Modular Recordings)
  • "Where I'm Going" (2010, Modular Recordings)
  • "Take Me Over" (2010, Modular Recordings)
  • "Need You Now" (2011, Modular Recordings)
  • "Blink And You'll Miss A Revolution" (2011, Modular Recordings)



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