Pip Norman is an award-winning songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and engineer from Melbourne, Australia. His work has been shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize most years since the prize’s inception, and has been awarded a raft of accolades including an ARIA, APRA, an AIR, ABMF Song of the Year, with nominations for many more.
Cutting his teeth with independent artists across hip hop/RnB, indie pop and alt-folk, Pip’s recent work with Troye Sivan, Jarryd James, Tuka and Dan Sultan has brought his refined musicality and warm palette to broader audiences. As Tim Levinson (Urthboy) puts it, “Pip is a gentle genius who knows the science but is led by instinct”.
Pip is a dexterous co-writer and collaborator, drawing brilliant work from both established and new artists. He is most at home in a contemporary R&B or indie pop context, but holds a candle for ‘classic’ song forms such as country, soul and pop. Adept as a beat maker and multi-instrumentalist, he has the added gift of contributing top-line melodies and lyrics as the song comes to life. Being an artist himself, Pip gets the subtle process of a song’s emergence. Though out the 2000’s Pip worked under the moniker ‘Countbounce’, producing, writing and engineering Australian hip hop records with artists such as Urthboy, Mantra, Sietta, Pez and 360. His band TZU (now on extended hiatus) claimed prime territory in the Australian hip hop landscape for a decade, dominating festivals with their left-field party anthems, infectious rants and prog leanings. In the meantime he was honing his skills along the many branches of his musical interests and collecting the vintage audio gear, which would become intrinsic to his sound.
In 2004 Pip signed with Mushroom Music Publishing, stepping up as a co-writer and unleashing the earnest pop sentiments that had hitherto been restrained in his indie hip hop career. Pip has been short-listed four times for the prestigious Australian Music Prize (2013, 2010, 2009 and 2007 for work with TZU and Urthboy). He cowrote two singles on Dan Sultan’s ARIA award-winning ‘Blackbird’. He has won an APRA award (Best Blues and Roots with Ash Grunwald, ‘Breakout’), an AIR award (Urthboy, ‘Spitshine’), ABMF Song of the Year, and has been nominated for two ARIAs, two AIRs, and two APRAs.
Pip’s now in demand for production and engineering sessions, co-writes and collaborations, song-writing camps, chord changes, top-lines, drum layers, and keyboard sounds.
Artists that Pip has worked with over the years include Bertie Blackman, Meg Mac, M-Phazes, Grey Ghost, Mia Dyson, Ash Grunwald, Daniel Merriweather, Sparkadia, Gossling, Oh Mercy, Bobby Flynn, Texture Like Sun, Iluka, Joelistics, and many others.
Pip Norman has just launched Meliodora – Songwriting & Production Suite in Northcote Melbourne at Bing Bang Studios. Meliodora was established late 2014 and is a custom built space designed by Pip Norman and architect Hendrik Ender with the objective of creating a productive yet comfortable environment to suit Pip Norman as a song-writer and producer. Beautifully hand crafted, the studio features exposed wooden floor boards and plenty of natural light and has been designed as one large open space to emulate the natural vibe of a living room, making Meliodora a studio you can settle into very quickly. As well as being equipped with state of the art recording and production gear, the studio overlooks Merri creek and Ceres Environmental Park. Located in Northcote, Meliodora is only 10 minutes from the Melbourne CBD and 15 from the airport and is at the centre of the unique cafe and food culture that Melbourne is famous for.
Pip Norman is published through Mushroom Music Publishing. For more info visit – www.pipnorman.com or contact email@example.com