Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling)
Andy Cooper is an accomplished songwriter, producer and performer who hails from and resides in Long Beach, California. After graduating from Poly high school in the mid- 1990's, Andy helped form and produce the Hip-Hop trio Ugly Duckling which, over the span of 20 years, released six albums while frequently touring the globe, their success has taken them to more than thirty countries.
In 2015, Andy launched a solo career that quickly gained momentum with his six-song debut 'The Free EP'. Later that year, Soundweight Records released his 7" single 'Bring It To Me' which was followed by another 45 on Origu in January of 2016. In February of that same year, Andy's first LP ('Room To Breathe') came out on Unique Records and, if that wasn't enough for a three-month stretch', he collaborated with Bristol's The Allergies to create the track 'Rock Rock' which features Cooper's incredibly speedy lyrical virtuosity and an epic adventure-video to match. 'Rock Rock' earned consistent BBC Radio airplay and landed the boys a live slot on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show. In January of 2017, Andy released an exclusive library album called 'Action!' with Audio Network which features eight, brand new tracks and a new single with The Allergies is due out in March.
Aside from Andy's solo career and work with U.D., he's written and recorded with international artists like Japan's M-Flo and Jamaica's Ginjah while, at the same time, creating numerous theme tracks for Rough-Cut TV in Great Britain. Recently, Andy composed 16 songs for 'Recorded In Hollywood', a stage musical about the famous, Los Angeles record shop Dolphin's of Hollywood. The show's 2015 opening run was highly successful and landed Andy in Ovation Award nomination for 'Best Composer'. 'Recorded In Hollywood' had its second run at The Kirk Douglas Theater this past July.
In whatever time he carved out while all of this was going on, Cooper also launched a blog-site called 'Ear To The Track' ('eartothetrack.net) where he churns out articles about music-related topics stretching from history to comedy to thought-provoking social commentary. Andy is constantly writing new music and developing production ideas for various projects and, in the end, it is his great dream to contribute, in some way, to a classic, Popular song.
|03 May 17||The Wardrobe||Leeds, UK|
|04 May 17||Stereo||Glasgow, UK|
|05 May 17||The Voodoo Rooms||Edinburgh, UK|
|06 May 17||The Cluny||Newcastle, UK|
|10 May 17||Gorilla||Manchester, UK|
|11 May 17||Rescue Rooms||Nottingham, UK|
|12 May 17||Hare & Hounds||Birmingham, UK|
|13 May 17||O2 Academy||Sheffield, UK|
|20 May 17||Wedgewood Rooms||Portsmouth, UK|
|24 May 17||Electric Ballroom||London, UK|