Since it’s inception in 2001, Groove Q has earned an enviable reputation for imaginative and beautifully crafted composition and sound design. Groove Q translate the ideas of clients and collaborators into the emotional language of music. Co-founders, Alison Cole and Dave Smith, are loved by clients for their openness, originality, musical range, production brilliance and mastery of tight deadlines.
- MUSIC COMPOSITION
- MUSIC RESEARCH
- CREATIVE DIRECTION
- SOUND DESIGN
- SOUND EFFECTS
- AUDIO POST PRODUCTION
- VOICE OVER RECORDING
- BRANDED CONTENT
- FEATURE FILMS
- INTEGRATED CAMPAIGNS
- MOTION GRAPHICS
- SHORT FILMS
- THEATRE & EVENTS
- CORPORATE VIDEOS
Composer. Musician. PhD. Nordic Noir Junkie. Honeycomb Artisan. Queen of Burmesia.
Alison grew up on Cockatoo Island in Sydney harbour, surrounded by industry and the sea. It was a childhood fuelled by creativity and imagination. Her true passion is music and sound – how it makes you feel, how it can change the tone and ambiance of a picture, creating a narrative. Since founding Groove Q with Dave Smith in 2001, Alison has delivered emotive & award-winning results for clients. Creative partners value Alison’s listening & observation skills, technical mastery, effusiveness, warmth & creative advice.
Alison Cole is a former graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music who went on to study orchestration at AFTRS. Her film score composition work has featured at Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival. She’s been a Tropfest winner, Best Composition Awards winner (ProMax ANZ) and People’s Choice Award (B&T 2017) She has scored for TV series, award winning TV Channel ID campaigns, sound and music installations (Vivid & Burning Man), TVC’s, and international brand campaigns.
Alison has also performed in ARIA award winning electronic dance bands, touring around Australia and the globe. Alison translates the ideas of her collaborators & clients into the emotional language of music. Her command of genres and musical scope can be seen through the variety of her work and awards. More recently she has completed a PhD in Composition at Sydney Conservatorium featuring a major multi-media work titled Fabric of Memory.
Composer. Musician. Sound Designer. Synth-addict. Pop-Culture Curator. Electronic Pioneer. Geek.
Fascinated with the bubbling electronic sounds in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet, Dave’s formative years were spent listening to Moog Plays Bach, Kraftwerk and The Carpenters. Dave began experimenting with Casio synthesizers and tape loops in his early teens.
His eclectic music career spans two decades. As founding member of the Aria nominated Boxcar – one of Australia’s ground-breaking dance music outfits – Dave toured with New Order & Pet Shop Boys, collaborated with dance music luminaries such as Arthur Baker (New Order) & Francois K (Kraftwerk & Depeche Mode), released three international albums, & achieved three Top Ten US Billboard hits. Dave has also produced and remixed a diverse range of artists including; Severed Heads, The Models, Single Gun Theory & The Rockmelons.
Dave contributed to the success of two of Sydney’s largest film & tv sound studios, composing for TV dramas Water Rats & Murder Call and numerous award winning TVC’s. Now, as a founding partner of Groove Q, Dave creates powerful, award-winning music for film & television. Re-uniting with revolutionary label Volition Records in 2019, Boxcar’s debut album was remastered and remixed by a whole new generation, resulting in an iTunes #1 with the Antipodeans (Mark Dynamix) and remixes by Motorik techno supremo Francis Xavier and french label Fauve Records…re-igniting dancefloors and parties all over the globe. More recently Dave has been producing exclusive vinyl remixes and re-edits and DJ’ing himself!
Expert, intuitive, collaborative. Dave is renowned for his sonic fireworks, provocative sound aesthetics & world-class technical expertise.
Find Boxcar on Soundcloud here.
Composer. Musician. Sound Designer. Dinosaur Wrangler. Nostalgia & Fantasy fiend. Rhythm Machine and Avocado Toast Artisan.
Bonnie is our new team member. A composer and multi-instrumentalist, Bonnie hails from a small town in Western Australia and comes from a long lineage of amazing musicians and renowned 80’s rockers.
Bonnie graduated school with the top music ATAR award and has studied Jazz and Western Art. She sings, plays drums, bass, guitar, flute and saxophone. Bonnie has studied music for creative industries at the Sydney Conservatorium, where she was talent scouted by Alison. Her composition, Everlasting, won the Artology fanfare competition which was subsequently recorded by the
Australian Youth Orchestra.
A keen Trekkie and Jurassic Park fan, Bonnie has the required nerd cred to talk movies and culture! With an intuitive laidback style, knack for melody and production, Bonnie is the perfect fit for Groove Q and our clients.