biography

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Ben Copland decided to return to his Electronica and Indie Roots, which included working with and observing in the studio some of Electronica music"s finest, including Faithless, and 4-hero, and develop his own band project, doing music that his heart was always in.

Following a spell as a Published Songwriter-Producer with Universal and Global Talent group/Sony ATV, during which time Ben's songs were used by many well known artists, including Soul singer Beverley Knight, and Liberty X, and having achieved successes in America where he became a Platinum selling songwriter with songs on two US top 10 albums, selling over 1.5 Million records in the process.

Mooli released the One Design Ep back in 2005, and caught the attention of former Dido manager Seven Webster, who published "One Design" and former Soft Cell manager, and Some Bizarre label boss Stevo, who wanted to license "Underneath the same sun" from the EP, to his label.

An album "Concubine" was released in 2008, but no sooner had the album appeared on the shelves, and with much anticipation of greater things to come, when unexpectedly, partners, original vocalist, Clea, and Ben split, with Clea deciding to leave the band to pursue a solo career.

Ben meanwhile continued to write songs as he always has, and in time a new vocalist was found, in Kristina Smith, and soon some of those songs were being recorded. The first of which was "Frozen", a song that seems somewhat autobiographical, and marks a radical departure from the Mooli sound of old. Though still electronica, it delves even more into Synths and keyboard based music than its predecessor dared to, and steps up the tempo.

To date, Mooli have largely been tagged as a downtempo band, and have certainly been on a fair few chill-out compilations, including being chosen by the "King of Chill" Chis Coco, for his "Electrocoustic album, which also unearthed Peter Bjorn and John, and their "Young Folks" now a staple of adland, and Hed Kandi founder Mark Doyle, chose "Underneath the same sun" for his Fierce Angels album.

Mooli have also appeared on Cafe Buddha, Hotel Buddha, and other well respected chilled compilations, but it's always been hard to pigeon hole them. Their music has certainly not been about generic chillout music, and they have even ventured into the world of Dance Music, teaming up with My Digital Enemy on the Clubland top 10 record "Wasted" and on the remixed "San Francisco Rain" by Lys featuring Mooli

In late 2010, Mooli brought out the "Black spring EP", a four track EP, featuring guest vocalists Lucy Lawrence, and Hannah Bradbeer, as well as full member, Kristina Smith.

The four tracks, are "Black Spring", "This Place" "Here with me" and "Gliders" out on Mooli Music, and became available to download from iTunes, Amazon, and Tesco on December 20th.

The band are currently recording new material, and a new full length album will be out in 2013.

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