"Push me over into the sea, then jump in after me. Let's swim to the bottom, maybe we might find an open door connected to the ocean floor, as we perfect the art of escape" - 'The Art of Escape', Hein Cooper.
Hein Cooper is an Australian indie musician and songwriter from Milton, New South Wales. In 2013, he was discovered performing in a small bar in Sydney by Franz Schuller, manager of Half Moon Run. Hein was invited to write and demo his songs in Montreal, Canada, where he was then signed to Indica Records. After returning to Australia to continue developing his sound, he headed back to Montreal in October 2014 and recorded his debut EP with producer Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National, Local Natives).
Throughout the EP there are strong themes of change, escapism and transformation particularly in the title track 'The Art of Escape' as Hein himself puts it: "It is a call to all of the wonderful displaced beings I have found in my life and more broadly everybody who feels alone in their own idealistic dreaming".
He has performed at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and festivals in his native Australia, where his unique and honest brand of indie, and magnetic live shows are steadily gaining a loyal fan base in Australia and overseas.
Hein is due to release his debut EP in Australia and Canada in April 2015.
Photo Credit: Maik Reichert