CHARLIE THOMSON AKA THE EDUCATOR , DEFENDS HIS HOME TURF DESPITE IT’S ‘DARK SIDE’. HE TELLS RIP NICHOLSON THAT THE WINNIE COOPERS’ SURFACE PARASITES PAYS HOMAGE TO THE GOLD COAST.
THE EDUCATOR interviewed @ 10:10 AEST – Tuesday 13th October, 2010
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
Surface Parasites is the name of their third album and Surfer’s Paradise is where the trio hail from – Gold Coast’s own three-piece funkateer band of hip hop The Winnie Coopers are back once again to bring a distinct humour to the place we know as Surfer’s Paradise – their home town. Despite it being a party town that is relatively hip hop unknown in terms of recognition of any local live scene, the band sustains a name for themselves. In between classes, Charlie Thomson, (aka The Educator) teaches 3D World a lesson in another saga of hip-hop from the South East.
“I’m actually a school teacher so I’m currently on duty on the oval living the high life,” Thomson confesses, and with the life of a teacher comes plenty of time off to practise the hip hop we’ve come to know The Winnie Coopers better for. “Hip hop teachers like teaching for the holidays. That’s the biggest attraction I think,” Thomson jokes of himself and fellow teachers Sammsonite (The Optimen) and Kaleo (BroadKast). “Good school hours and plenty of time off to live the touring life.”
Coming together in 2005, founder MC The Educator expanded out from an MC/DJ act to a five-piece band adding Bigbad (DJ/percussion), Eloquence (vocals/guitar), Fingers Malone (drums, recently replaced by James Crook) and Young Tubs (Bass) and together, took on the east coast of Australia’s biggest festivals – Big Day Out to Good Vibrations and Parklife – and also opened for major league stars De La Soul, Jurassic 5, The Beastie Boys, Lyrics Born and Ugly Duckling.
In 2008 The Winnie Coopers’ second LP Worth the Weight was a well-commended effort praised by Rolling Stone and Triple J. With their cred-check done, the hip hop troupe from the Goldy has returned with more of what we’ve expected from them over recent years worth of hard graft in the scene. On the back of the success of Worth The Weight, The Coops kept to a good pace and got right back into writing up the next effort, the new Surfers Parasites LP.
“We were sort of working on it straight after (Worth The Weight) and late last year we went into the studio with Magoo and did the recording process,” Thomson continues. “It’s a long process and we worked on a lot of it while we were touring quite extensively in 2008. So we drew on our experiences of life out on the road and that’s where many of the ideas for the songs have come from.”
Adding Brisbane producer Magoo (famed for his work with TZU, Regurgitator and Midnight Oil) and two years of maturity as musicians, The Winnie Coopers brand is notched a little higher on album number three. “It’s definitely an album we’re most proud of production-wise,” admits Thomson. “It’s that natural progress, that you grow up and mature as a person and so should your songwriting. So I think that’s just happened organically over the last couple of years.”