Bristol, Hooper began his career as a DJ and as a member of
The Wild Bunch, the Bristol-based group that would turn into
Between 1989 and 1992, he produced the debut album for
Soul II Soul (
Club Classics Vol. I), Massive Attack's second album (
Björk's first outing (
 which in 1995
Mixmag magazine ranked the 31st, 1st and 3rd best dance albums of all time.
BRIT Awards honoured Hooper as Best Producer for his work on Massive Attack's
Bedtime Stories albums.
In 1998 he won a
BAFTA Award (
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music) for his work arranging the score and soundtrack for
Romeo + Juliet.
In the late 1990s Hooper set up the Meanwhile, imprint, which is a subsidiary of
Hooper continued to work steadily into the 2000s. He received a
Grammy nomination in 2003 for his work on No Doubt's
Rock Steady and
Learning From Falling albums. His other work has included producing the singles "
GoldenEye" (1995) for
Tina Turner, "
Under the Bridge" (1998) for
All Saints and "Down Boy" (2002) for
Holly Valance, as well as providing remixes for artists like
Janet Jackson and
He has worked with
Gwen Stefani on her solo albums and on
U2's 2004 release
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, for which he won a
Grammy Award. He also produced the debut solo album of
Andrea Corr of
The Corrs, entitled
Ten Feet High which was released on 25 June 2007. It sold one million copies.
Hooper produced the full-length debut album for Disney actress/singer
Fight Or Flight in 2010.
In 2011 Hooper produced Paloma Faith's
Fall To Grace Album,
 nominated for two Brit awards for 'Best Female' and 'Album of the Year' and is to be released in the US via Epic Records. L.A. Reid, said of the signing to his label, "In an era where authenticity resonates, Paloma is the epitome of soul. It's an honor for Epic Records to be part of her career in the United States."