Krop King named an APRA finalist

Hip hop producer Robert King
Hip hop producer Robert King Jacklyn Wagner

IF EVERYTHING goes according to plan, Lismore resident Robert King (aka Krop King) will be packing his headphones and heading to Sydney.

Mr King, a 25-year-old hip hop producer, is a finalist in the 2011 Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Professional Development Awards under the indigenous category.

“I feel honoured and excited about the recognition from the industry,” Mr King said.

“To be selected as a finalist out of 2500 entrants is a great honour.”

Mr King started producing music from his home 18 months ago, though he said he had been writing songs all his life.

After slipping into drugs in his younger days, Mr King hopes his work inspires others to do something meaningful with their lives.

“If I win I’m going to invest the money into what I’m working on and promoting my music,” he said.

“I also want to work with young people at risk so they stay well away from drugs and alcohol and do something like what I do.”

The awards, which are held biennially, recognise emerging songwriters and composers in eight categories, including popular contemporary, jazz and country. A winner from each category receives a prize built around furthering their career valued at $25,000.

The prize includes $12,000 cash, a Macbook Pro, a day in a Sydney studio, a unit of study at the Australian Institute of Music and a distribution deal.

Previous winners include Wally De Backer (aka Gotye) in 2009 and Mia Dyson in 2004. Both artists have been successful in their musical careers to date.

Mr King will be attending the ceremony at Ultimo, Sydney, where the APRA award winners will be announced on March 14.

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