Mix of the Week – Ricky Cooper

Photo credit: Martin Vivian Pearse

Famous for being the creator of Australia’s eclectic and magical music festival, Return to Rio; Ricky Cooper first made a name for himself in his hometown of London. After launching the Homegrown parties in the Europe in the early 90’s, Ricky and good mate Mr C, were behind the first-ever online radio station Gaia Live. Ricky was also a regular behind the decks at London’s most infamous nightclubs, The End, The Cross, The Rocket and Bug Bar. From there, the offer of residency at Club de Baia, tempted Ricky to move to Portugal where people would travel from across Europe to witness their wild beach parties.

He has played alongside Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Derrick Carter, Express-2, Steve Lawler and a back-to-back session with Eric Morillo, just to name a few.. As a result he has been able to bring those same industry giants to Return to Rio including Lee Burridge, Dixon, Tale Of Us, Atish, The Martinez Brothers, Greg Wilson, LTJ Bukem, Acid Pauli, Hernan Cattaneo, Carl Cox and so many more making Sydney dancers extremely happy.

Return to Rio is a world-class event that has a reputation for delivering real music with soul, individual theming and characters you’ll only find at Return To Rio served up with an all for it crowd usually connected by 1 to 2 degrees making it feel more like a community than most festivals you attend. We are hoping to have the return of festivals like Return To Rio soon as current world situation allows.

In this global festival downtime Ricky hasn’t stopped supporting our music needs launching sold out shows with Double Touch and Cafe Del Mar in the interim to give us some quality music and also Shady Sundays up in his central coast home town. Music is the answer for Ricky and so many of us.


About the Author

Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.