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MTV Meets The Melbourne Musos…

There’s no denying 2011 has been the year Cut Copy
really set our ‘Hearts On Fire!’

Not only did their third album ‘Zonoscope’
smash the charts Down Under AND earn the band plenty of well-deserved international recognition – but it also bagged them an award-winning title!

Yep, three years after dropping their last album ‘Ghost Colours,’
the Melbourne four piece proved they’re more popular than ever after scooping their very first ARIA Award for ‘Best Dance Release.’

And as they wrap up their crazy tour schedule, the electro stars are sure to continue on a high well into 2012 thanks to a recently announced Grammy nomination for ‘Best Dance/Electronica Album.’

caught up with bass guitarist Ben Browning
to talk their “mind-blowing”
Grammy nomination, their fourth record, and how they’ll be celebrating the New Year…

MTV: Hi Ben! Firstly, congrats on your recent ARIA win – how did you guys celebrate?

Ben: We were pretty shocked at first, so initially we didn’t really know what to do, so we celebrated by sitting through the rest of the ARIAs and drinking the free wine and beer that was on offer! It’s something we didn’t think we’d ever win. We didn’t win anything for the last record, so we couldn’t see why this record would have a better chance, but it was really nice.

MTV: And you’ve just been told you’re up for a Grammy too – are you feeling confident?

Ben: No! (laughs). We’re going with the same approach as the ARIAs, just no expectations. It’s kind of mind blowing to be nominated for a Grammy, so we’re pretty satisfied as it is. Plus we don’t really think of ourselves as an award-winning band or anything like that, so it’s kind of funny in a way.

MTV: You’re up against Deadmau5, David Guetta, Skrillex and Robyn – what do you make of the competition?

Ben: To be honest, we’re in the same category, but I wouldn’t consider ourselves to be musically in the realm of that high energy dance. We obviously love dance music and its part of our sound, but we think of ourselves more in the tradition of pop and rock as well…so it’s a little bit strange to be in with those acts. Good luck to everyone!

MTV: You’ve been on a non-stop tour for most of the year – what’s been the highlight?

Ben: We played some amazing festivals. We got to play Coachella again, that was pretty special. We played there three years ago and it sort of kick started things for us in America. So to go back and have a really energetic show this time and another great response it was nice to kind of feel like we’re on the right path.

MTV: Being on the road day in, day out, do you guys ever get sick of each other?

Ben: It’s nice to have some time to yourself and get back home and get back into things like buying pasta, reading the newspaper and getting into a routine. But we all live in the same city and we’re really good friends so we all tend to see each other anyway and sort of keep the bond up. It is nice to have a day or two away from each other, but we’re not averse to hanging out outside of the touring cycle.

MTV: With 2012 round the corner – any plans for the new record?

Ben: We’ve thought about the record but we haven’t really started. It’s almost like we like to take a break and sort of clear our heads from what we’ve been doing and what we want to do next. So when we do the next record we’ll probably try and start something really new and it could be anything. At the moment we’re not trying to pin down any really strong ideas until we start the process.

MTV: And lastly, you’ll be welcoming in the New Year at ’Rhythm & Vines’ festival in New Zealand – are you excited?

Ben: Yeah super excited. It’s going to probably be the last show we do for a while, so we won’t leave anything behind. We played in Auckland and Wellington earlier this year and they were our first kind of headline shows in New Zealand and they went really well. We love the place, the food, the coffee culture, the beer, the response of the crowd and the people we met there were super friendly, so we’re looking forward to having a couple of days in New Zealand again and signing off on a great year!

Make sure you get your hands on Cut Copy’s epic album ‘Zonoscope’ out now!

And find out more about Rhythm & Vines 2011 right here!