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Grammy-nominated electronic dance band headlines Solstice Brewfest in Denali

  • Author: Yoshina Okamoto
  • Updated: June 21, 2018
  • Published June 21, 2018

Cut/Copy (Photo by Jimmy Fontaine)

When you think of an electronic dance music act, Cut/Copy isn't what comes to mind.

The group isn't composed of one or two DJs tucked behind a set of decks hidden behind a wall of amplifiers and screens. Instead, the four-piece ensemble looks like what it is — a band, complete with a live vocalist, guitarist, bassist and drummer.

After a Thursday night show in downtown Anchorage, the Australian group is making its way to the Interior for Solstice Brewfest: a music festival at the flagship 49th State Brewing Co. in Denali.

Born in the bedroom of frontman Dan Whitford, Cut/Copy was originally a one-man act, consisting of track samples and keyboards.

However, after being signed by Australian record label Modular Records in 2001, what had started as a solo project soon evolved into much more as Whitford banded together with guitarist Tim Hoey, bassist Ben Browning and drummer Mitchell Scott.

Though known as an EDM band, the group is perhaps best recognized for their refusal to fall in line with the standard electronic music scene. Each album has a different sound, with genre-spanning influences ranging from folk and 1970s deep funk to crowd rock and the clashing indie guitars of the 1990s.

Now, after releasing five studio albums, Cut/Copy has toured concerts and festivals throughout Australia, the United States, Europe, South America and more. The group has earned countless award nominations (including a Grammy nomination in 2012 for Best Dance/Electronica Album) and has sold thousands of records, including "Lights & Music," which was featured on video game FIFA 09 and "Far Away," which can be heard on an episode of FX's "Nip/Tuck."

"We never set out to achieve these things, but it's nice to be recognized," said guitarist Tim Hoey.

The band is excited to bring their high-octane, versatile synth beats to the 49th state for their first-ever shows in Alaska. According to Hoey, the upcoming concerts are what he's been looking forward to most on the tour.

"Certainly don't expect to be standing still," said Hoey.

Performing tracks from their latest album "Haiku From Zero" as well as past hits, the show is meant to break the traditional audience/stage barrier.

"We want people to walk away feeling like they had the best hour and a half they could possibly have."


Where: 49th State Brewing Co. in Healy
When: 7 p.m. Friday
How much: $30-$60, plus fees.

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