20 Jan 2019
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Kieran Cooper - Kieran Cooper Newsletter Interview

22 Mar 2012 // An interview by Shade
 

Thanks to Kieran for answering these questions:

What can we expect to see from you over the next year?

I'm taking some time out after my album release to work on new material and really fine tune my set. Then I'll be starting a nationwide tour, probably around August/September. I'm hoping to play anywhere and everywhere to get my music to as many people as possible, like in the good old days. I'm really looking forward to gigging and/or busking everyday! Once that's over I'll hit the studio to record my third album. I already have around 30 demos underway for it.

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?

When I started finding out about more and more local artists/bands and started listening to Kiwi FM a lot I was really surprised to find out just how much was out there. And a lot of it is really great stuff.

At the moment I'm enjoying and getting influence from Fleur Jack, Tiny Ruins, the Verlaines, White Rabbit Black Monkey, Princess Chelsea, Fear Of The Dark, Decortica, The Headless Chickens, Ryan Kershaw, Jackal, Die! Die! Die!, El Bajo, The Nowhere Effect. And loads more I can't think of right now!

Oh and David Kilgour. His Sugar Mouth album is stunning. A big favourite at the moment.

What will your next release be?

I'll release another album. Probably in the same acoustic, organic style of Yes, No, Sincerely. I'm a big fan of albums. The music industry is very singles orientated at the moment and I find that very limited. You get your hit product and then move on to the next thing.

Singles are good if it's a really good song but they should leave you wanting more, wanting to hear all the work around that track. I'm hoping to appeal to people who identify with that.

How do you believe you fit into the NZ music industry?

I fit into the DIY independent musician category. And I'm proud of that because the most exciting music is often underground. Musicians can do exactly what they want, absolute creativity!

I'm not saying that being signed is bad! There are a lot of great labels like Arch Hill, Lil Chief, Flying Nun etc who release fantastic music. I just don't think it's the be all and end all when you can do it yourself in a smaller country like NZ. If you have the time and dedication!

How do you describe your music?

Alternative Singer-Songwriter. It's not truly alternative but with the narrowing mainstream scope you could say it is 'different'. My first release In Search Of Reason was written over a long period of time and has emphasis on alternative rock and almost industrial drum machines and synths.

Yes, No, Sincerely is my move into an acoustic singer-songwriter style. It feels most natural for me. There's just something about one person, an acoustic guitar and vocals. It can be so expressive and genuine.

What is the best part of being a musician?

I'm a musician for the sole purpose of writing and performing the best music I can. I don't want to be a rockstar or anything like that. So when I write music I'm proud of I feel like I'm doing the right thing. The bonus is people letting you know that they enjoy that music and get their own experience from it. The complete artistic process.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

I'll let you know when I get back from my tour :)

What inspired you to become a musician?

Everything. I can't switch it off. I tried to walk away from it once and I got really depressed. I need to express myself musically to feel complete.

 

About Kieran Cooper

From his soon to be released single and EP, expect rich vocal harmonies and guitar work reminiscent of Elliott Smith, Kristin Hersh and Iron & Wine.




Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Kieran Cooper

Releases

Sticks & Stones
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Did You Miss Me?
Year: 2013
Type: EP
Yes, No, Sincerely
Year: 2012
Type: Album

Other Interviews By Shade

Boycrush Newsletter Interview
07 Aug 2018 // by Shade
  Boycrush is the project of Alistair Deverick, also drummer of The Ruby Suns, with a live band comprising multi-instrumentalist Hayden Eastmond-Mein (Lawrence Arabia, Panther & The Zoo) and The Ruby Suns frontman Ryan McPhun. Alistair answered Shelley's following questions for muzic.
Read More...
Captain Festus Mcboyle's Travellin' Variety Show Newsletter Interview
02 Aug 2018 // by Shade
Captain Festus McBoyle and his motley crew have been successfully infecting NZ for over 7 years. Armed with cheeky humour and side-splitting songs, this Madcap Troupe is more fun than a squirrel up ya’ jumper!
Read More...
Dead Celeb Newsletter Interview
04 May 2018 // by Shade
Dead Celeb are a Wellington based Alternative Rock 4 piece with a powerhouse sound. Described as "...
Read More...
Apollo SteamTrain Newsletter Interview
31 Jan 2018 // by Shade
Tauranga act Apollo SteamTrain started in a non-traditional way; it was decided early on to record a bunch of tracks from an extensive back catalogue of songs written by Brendan over the past 20 years, and then assemble the best musicians available to deliver the music in the live format. With a new single set for release in February, a tour lined up for March, and a new album in the works, Apollo SteamTrain are starting 2017 on a high note.
Read More...
Vic Manuel Newsletter Interview
02 Dec 2017 // by Shade
Vic Manuel is a singer songwriter whose first instrument was Flugelhorn in a cadet band. At age 13 he found an old guitar and taught himself how to play.
Read More...
Owlet Nightjar Newsletter Interview
02 Dec 2017 // by Shade
Owlet Nightjar is a new soul/dub/blues project from Newtown Rocksteady guitarist Tim Key. They recently released their debut album The Regenerative Principle, which was described as being "a wonderful fusion of genres, appealing to a range of music lovers and enthusiasts.
Read More...
Killing Bear Newsletter Interview
27 Oct 2017 // by Shade
Killing Bear is a band which has been kicking around the Wellington Music scene since 2010 and over the years has had a steady flow of hit songs and historic shows. Those who are connoisseurs of the psychedelic pop rock realm will remember hits of the band such as Love is Like a Skateboard, Wild Robots Roaming Free and Ride the White Rhino.
Read More...
Armed in Advance Newsletter Interview
27 Oct 2017 // by Shade
Armed In Advance (AIA) are a heavy rock trio from Auckland, currently taking New Zealand by storm. With a penchant for ruthlessly efficient, hard hitting post-grunge songs laced with pop sensibilities and thought provoking undertones, their music has been described as "delivering on all fronts", and it's only going to get better from here.
Read More...
View All Articles By Shade

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • SUNFLOWER
    Post Malone And Swae Lee
  • SWEET BUT PSYCHO
    Ava Max
  • WITHOUT ME
    Halsey
  • WOW.
    Post Malone
  • THANK U, NEXT
    Ariana Grande
  • SHOTGUN
    George Ezra
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper
  • BETTER
    Khalid
  • EASTSIDE
    benny blanco feat. Halsey And Khalid
  • SICKO MODE
    Travis Scott feat. Drake
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem