“Get a team, create a game plan, and be relentless. Everyone on the team should have a specified job to do for the collective and have a passion. No egos involved. Just business, good music, good times, and good business.”
Check out the interview with Eddie “Coop” Cooper exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Eddie “Coop” Cooper: I really don’t look at myself as an entertainer. This is just something I like to do. It’s therapeutic. I’ve been doing it for a while so I don’t look at it like most. I use it as a means of expression for an unheard soul. I got started doing this with my bros’ Katch 22, Mo Problem, and Colb Jakob. We have a group call Distrikt 87. We just started digging up the underground for shits and giggles and it just turned into a real passion of mine.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Street promotion will always be cracking. From the shows, park jams to conventions. It comes down to how you line it up, how relentless you are, and who you know. At the end of the day, one’s got to get in where they fit in. This game is about networking, building relationships while at the same time driving your own bus.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest problem is the corporate control over mainstream music has over saturated the masses with the same message going on over 20 years now. There needs to be more diversity. There’s a lot of talented emcees out here not getting a fair shake because some goof up in an office says he knows what’s best for the music culture.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I was born in Chicago, but was raised in a small town. Out of my town, Raiderville, it’s very diverse. The only thing I don’t like about it is we really have to get out of town or it all falls on deaf ears since it isn’t a major city. The city we came up in fears what we do so it’s hard to throw concerts and park jams without the authorities on your ass.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think the future of music will continue to evolve. The internet will continue to offer more and more avenues for artists to be heard and ultimately make a living if that’s what they desire. I think an artist has to ask his/herself what you want out of the game in order to be a part of it. It’s about your thirst.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be different, be you. Get a team, create a game plan, and be relentless. Everyone on the team should have a specified job to do for the collective and have a passion. No egos involved. Just business, good music, good times, and good business. Build solid relationships between other artists and teams, don’t fall into the petty shit. Stay focused.
What inspires you to write your next song?
That’s a tough question. Sometimes I write songs according to the beat. Then sometimes I write songs according to how I feel. It might start from a poem or a creative writing. I might be reading an article or a book that gives me an idea or it could come from some slang that the team and I use on the day to day. It can be anything.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
If it’s a boom bap beat most of the time I can have a set title I want to name the song already and just write bars that relate to the title or the feeling the title gives me. Any beat different from boom bap is a different process. I just write and let the song grow organically.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think a great song has a feel that the listener can identify with and visualize. I think it’s about the content of lyrics, the delivery of the lyrics, the emotion displayed, and the structure of the song and how well all that fits over the production. I also like the quote from the great songstress Nina Simone, “It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times.”
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.kingdomcooper.com
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