We catch up with London local Coops for a New Noise grilling.
Coops has received an exciting reception of late thanks to his two recent releases, ‘Chillin’ and ‘Blessings’. Through the releases, Coops has created a real buzz of anticipation for his ‘Lost Soul’ mix-tape with Hip-Hop’s key players all turning their heads to hear what all of the noise is about.
The mix-tape demonstrates the lyrical genius of the 23-year-old and his ability to draw the listener in to every word. His deep and mindful views on his subject matter set on the backdrop of the intricately produced and very musical productions make for a collection of tracks that will give you some real food for thought.
With the majority of the Lost Soul mixtape being produced by Hip-Hop producer, Talos, it is evident that the pair have a real musical understanding of each other resulting in the creation of a fresh, yet deep rooted sound. We went in to find out more.
Is it true you’ve recently completed a degree in Performing Arts at Southampton University?
Yes. That’s true!
Would you advise to youngsters who are hoping to pursue a career in music to always have an education to back them up?
Most definitely. I’d always tell them to complete their education if they can. Equip yourself with the tools needed to become a master of your craft whatever it may be.
Tell us a bit about your journey – when did you start taking music seriously and consider it being a full-time career?
I’ve always had a passion for music growing up, but was unsure how to channel those energies until I started rapping. I don’t think I can see it as a full time career until it pays like one.
What kind of things were you listening too as you were growing up? Was there a specific artist, track or defining moment which made you decide that this was your path?
My parents played a lot of music in my house growing up, all types of genres. Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Bjork, KRS1, Arrested Development, Michael Jackson and Busta Rhymes. The defining moment was probably when I realised how influential music can be on people and their emotions. Music has the power to move people and once I caught on to that I started to think about my music a little deeper and began taking things more serious.
How did you feel when your track ‘Chillin‘ received such a positive response and support from the industry?
It feels good to know that people appreciate what your doing.
How did things progress / change for you after you won Choice FM’s Breakthrough Competition?
That was my first time performing live so it was an important experience for my progression. It opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities and made something which once felt so unobtainable, so close and achievable. I’d say it made me more driven to succeed.
How was it supporting Nas at his London shows – that must have bee a career highlight?
Definitely a highlight. I still can’t fully get my head around what I did, it’s all a blur.
If you could tell your 10 year-old self any future advice, what would it be?
Work harder and don’t leave everything ’till the very last minute.
Download ‘Lost Souls: The Mixtape’.
Words: Shane Hawkins.