We caught up with musician CHARLIE COOPER following the release of ‘KILLING TIME’. Read the full interview now!
What is your earliest music memory?
A fisher price LP player featuring classic records like Twinkle Twinkle and Edelweiss.
Who or what got you into music?
My big sister & I were totally obsessed with the ’80s cartoon Jem and The Holograms. Jem was a glam rock singer who had masses of pink hair, and we loved all the songs. I wanted her to be her.
Who influenced your latest release, ‘KILLING TIME’?
The global pandemic! It was tough for everyone last year and still is. I personally delt with some really difficult stuff, and when the opportunity to do a live recording presented itself, I grabbed it. It was the chance to do something positive in what’s been the hardest year of my life so far.
‘KILLING TIME’ was recorded at Hope Mill Studios in Manchester; what was that process like?
Delightful. It’s such a gorgeous space. I could happily live in there. Bernard Steer was the engineer, camera man and mixed and mastered all the records. There’s not much that man can’t do. So our job was easy; we just showed up, lounged on couches, chewed the fat and played. I did help pack down, though, because I’m a good girl.
Your lyrics are brutally honest; do you find writing therapeutic?
I’m not sure about that one. I don’t think it necessarily resolves any issues. It sure does let everyone know about them though! Maybe it’s healthy to be open about your problems in that way. It is rewarding to have created something, and I guess that’s therapeutic.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Other than music, what are you passionate about?
Dogs, clothes, vintage objects and anything shiny.
What changes would you like to see in the music business?
Me in it.
How do you feel about how the internet plays a role in the music business today?
People around the world can hear your music which is great, but there’s a lot to keep up with. Music shouldn’t be a competition though, and you should write sing play because you love it. If you can take the internet and its comments with a pinch of salt, you’ll be ok.
What is your favourite song to play live?
‘Playhouse’! That’s my next record coming out. The audience always sings a lot with me on that one which makes me all fuzzy inside.
FV Music Blog March 2021
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