Influences: Musical tastes all over the map - old REM, Beatles, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Frente, Throwing Muses, My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Cocteau Twins, The Sundays, Echo and the Bunnymen, Regina Spektor, Velvet Underground, The Cure, Devo, Bob Mould, Indigo Girls, Laurie Anderson, King Crimson, Rush, Yes, Chicago, Kate Bush, Joy Division, Led Zep, The Jam, John Wesley Harding, Peter Mulvey, Martin Sexton, Suzanne Vega, Dave Brubeck, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson... there are a lot of musical styles in my head mixing around.
I've been home-recording music for many years and am currently in a band playing original music (http://www.treadingbleu.com) with the wonderful @Kovbleu, my super-talented brother @guatecoop and amazing guitarist @slawbleu. I love writing/recording solo music as ZeCoop too, because my styles are all over the place.
Also check out my dad's page! @srcoops writes a ton of lyrics and we've collaborated on a lot of songs. He's very open to people using his lyrics so let him know if you'd like to use them!! 😀
Oh, and I run this thing on FAWM called the 4-Track Challenge, where people mail cassettes to each other and add one track at a time. Sound fun? It is!! Let me know if you want in and check out the songs at @fourtracktape
I do a lot of instrumental music, since I don't write lyrics, so if you have an idea, let me know. I can't guarantee a collaboration will work out, but I usually do a lot of collaborating. I do collaborations as a co-writing project and consider them complete when I find the one that fits. I've had multiple versions of songs from other people, during FAWM, but the one that I end up posting is the official song, in my mind. I'm always finding amazing new people on FAWM!
I still have not figured out MIDI yet, so most of the time, what you are hearing is me actually playing the instruments, including live drums. I write songs part by part and never quite know where they are headed, and very often get very deep in layers and atmospheres. I love painting with sound.
This is my 8th FAWM. It's always wonderful and something I look forward to. It's the best part of Winter! (...the only good part of winter?) 😉
All of my recordings, FAWM and otherwise, are on my bandcamp page (and they are all FREE to download - just enter $0):
2012 (Computer died and only did simple parts)
***Please come connect with me online!!!
** Any and all feedback is welcomed! ***
(I just may not listen to it, lol...)
**Just for the record... I very rarely mark songs as favorites... They are ALL my favorites. Sometimes my collaborators do, though.
And... I warmed up for FAWM with a cover song:
"Pale Blue Eyes"
|#2||Updated: Devil's Shoulder @karlsburg25||
|#5||Updated: California Crush (with Lanasolyluna vocals!!) @lanasolyluna||
|#7||Whither Music? @metalfoot||
|#8||The Worker @srcoops||
|#9||Two Town Shuffle @guatecoop||
|#10||Wishing For Summer @metalfoot||
|#11||Can't You Sew? @jaykendall||
I've been told I should listen to that Irish band. 😉
You just made my day--the first time someone's said, "I wish I could play like that." Usually, that's how I feel. Thank you for commenting on my song.
Those responsible for the subtitles have been sacked.
I recommend July. Can even get quite hot. Well everything's relative. 😁 But yeah, I'll show you around if you're ever in the neighbourhood!
thanks so much for your input!
Oh that's great! You should come visit Oulu sometimes. 😀 Maybe summer? 😉 Or if you like cold and snow, then winter's great, too.
Thanks, I will have a listen now 😀
Thanks for the comments! 😀
Thank you so much for the feedback! I'm really glad you enjoyed! : )
Thank you for your kind comments on "Love Your Pet." I can't really whistle. I imagine you'd do great (you may have already) incorporating your whistling into your music. 😀
Actually, think I got it to work! Thanks!
Thanks for the info! Didn't realize the trick was the FAWM server. No biggie. I'll let the song stand on it's own without milking the cute pet photo factor, haha.
Hey, could I borrow your expertise? I searched the forums, but I couldn't find anything on how to put a picture in the liner notes and I know you've figured it out. Trying to put a pet photo for Love Your Pet Day. Thanks!
Hey @zecoop ,
Thanks for listening and commenting to "On Every Corner".
Would you like to share with me of which five bands you could think of?
It's always interesting to read what others hear and what influences might have crept in without me knowing it.
And..... what is a "Smell melody"?
That would be cool, be ashame not too collaborate. Plus I am running out of ideas for the looper pedal now 😝
Yes, the commenters (including you) have been very helpful regarding the song tags, and I've been updating them along the way. I had to move a few things around since the tag field is limited in number of characters, but shoegaze is there to stay! Thank you for the tag and also for your generous comments on the valentine song! 😀
How fascinating! I just watched a video about the vibra slap and the guy says it "approximates" the sound of a jaw bone with loose teeth... :-0 I never heard of it, but now I know - you just slap the vibra slap. Thanks for the photo of it too. It's so funny. 😀
I want one ...that accordion sound is great..
I sold my accordion...to heavy to play and it
was a little one...
Yes yes... *sigh*
On the other hand... today was really my last 'big push' day, looking at the week and a half left in February. So I'm glad I made use of it!
if I ever get over my sharing issues 😓
don't mind me..
I've been itching to catch up on yours.. I was lost in a sunny surfer world
I just love what you do
(I hope you're feeling better)
Thanks Ze, for commenting Body and Ghost. Glad you liked it.
I'm still trying to figure out if I'm a nerd or a geek for knowing that.
Thank you so SO much for your super encouraging words on "Other Side of Her Heart!"
I had a weird thing with a Ric 12 that came along at a 'must-buy' price yet when I played it, it was just dead to me. I've played others I considered trading kidneys for, but this one, for whatever reason, well, it explained the low asking price, that's for sure (and I don't shy from guitars based on price - all of mine are 'deals' of some kind). Some planks of wood just don't have it. And acoustic or electric, I just seem far pickier about 12s than 6.
The baritone is amazing - other than my (cheap, again) Martin D1, it's the only guitar I've used for FAWM so far. The Tele and Gretsch are getting jealous. 😉 I'm really impressed with the cost/feel/value of Reverend. I'll definitely check out their 12-string offerings in the coming years. Rock on.
Cool 12-string! My main 'growing up guitar,' - age 17 through late 20s - was/is a Yamaha acoustic 12. It's seen better days (bellied out so intonation is a bit wonky on the dusty frets), but there's nothing like that jangle. I've eyed Rics, Gretsch, and a few others on the electric side. Thinking Birthday Guitar 2020 (2018's was my Reverend Descent baritone. Yummy.)
Massive thanks matey for the Sunday comments. That was also shed loads of fun to make i must say. Took and age to find that manchester lead guitar sound though!!
Thanks for listening to “Be Lucky”. I write this whist searching for chords for another song I was working on. Dan chipped in with the “beautiful mistake” lines.
I think I've already sent you my address, somewhere between jan. 31st and feb. 1st
I toldja! No Easter Egg!
...I blame the Streisand Effect. Maybe next time. Get well soon, and cancel that Discus Tossing Date you had in your calendar for Friday.
From where I'm sitting, it doesn't look like it's slowed you down much! Here's wishing you the best and fastest recovery, in any case.
Sure, no problem. I forget the etiquette every year. 😀
Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Thank you for commenting on "Leilani." It's always nice to play some boogie.
Hey, thanks so much for your feedback on my songs! You give such thoughtful commentary and I really appreciate it! I too have not gotten around to my watchlist as much as I’d like. Having two small kids probably has something to do with that !
Done and NP! Thanks for letting me have fun with your song. I'll wait until you get to 14😬
Sorry I posted to quickly.
I finished do you mind if I just post it as a collab?
Thank you for the kind words on my werewolf song! I don't know much about Michigan, but glad it rang true for you.
Good sir, I hope you are feeling better each day! If there is anything I can do, just let me know, OK?
(Well, except give you an appendix. I lost mine a while ago.)
Picking up a nylon string classical guitar is clearly the road to fingerstyle. The extra width got me going with my fat fingers.
I have the entry level Yamaha, and it sits in the front room. Surprising how many times I (or others) will just pick it up for a few minutes.
To start the fingerpicking thing, just fret any chord, and pick Thump-Ring-Middle-Pointer with your strumming hand, on any strings you wish. Low E, High E-B-G sounds mint with a G chord.
Don't tell the banjo pickers I said to try that!
Get better soon mate!
Love that comment you made on my soundboard! You crack me up!!!
Appreciated your comment Zecoop! Glad you enjoyed my song, and I've watchlisted you too... love me some hammond!!
Your dad is THE MAN!!! 😁
Happy FAWM 2018! Looking forward to following along and hearing your feedback! PS you should send me some salsa and whatever you’re brewing!
Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
I am indeed the self nominated keeper of the Centurion Club this year. I got to 100 and went...hey, no thread...John Staples encouraged me to run it so - see a need fill a need! 😁
Hahahaha... Thanks for the heads up. 😉
Sounds good. I might even have a go later tonight... And I have a FAWM hosting account, so all it needs is for me to be added as a collab partner and I can do the rest.
Do you want me to do a specific one, or you ok for me to choose? Tempted to do the one I commented on...
Heh heh... I can do that 😈
Usually when I'm done with a collab i get it posted against the original song. Will that work, or should I be cheeky and post it anew?
Thank you very much for the feedback on "Start Again". Every so often I stumble on something that surprises me.
Well... I have to now, don't I 🙄
Usual Sapient style, or would my weird version of country music be preferable?
Thanks, I appreciate it!
Wow! Thanks for the heads-up on your dad! 😀
Hi mate glad to see you're bringing the skills again this year! I've been looking forward to this for a while as I've got a bit more spare time so want to try and create better recordings - but there's no way I can keep up with your output with more than one instrument!
LOL. Yeah, I was going to put the definition in the notes, but figured it'd be more fun for people to look up if they wanted too.
Yeah I see in the forums other people are having the same issue but I tried the suggested fixes and it's still not working 😞
Lap steel is fun. I’ve had mine for 15 years, and it’s an uneasy relationship. Tune it to an open chord, and do a song that’s 1-4-5. Don’t play all the strings! Find the two-note things and figure out some 3-note runs. Rock the slide a bit, don’t leave it still.
First, thank you again for your comments! Second,
Can we team up for a Collaboration this time around. If you have something your unsure on back burner and you want fresh ears or vocals, Drums whatever. Or vise versa.
Thanks for coming by and commenting! None of the FAWM-hosted songs are playing for me today for some reason, so i'll be back later to listen to your new stuff, looks like you're on a roll!
Yeah that works. Love the sound of the amped guitars, real drums etc. Breath of fresh air.
We're having more snow than in years and when it doesnt snow its so cold here in Oslo, I get annoyed every morning when I look out. Could probably only muster a rabid grindcore/harsh noise tune to convey my emotions towards snow.
Thank you for your kind words. Very glad to see you back too. 🙂
Longing for the good vibes your music always conveys, so I'm going to listen to it right away.
Thanks a bunch - as you well know, the secret ingredient to most of my music is carbs. Haha
Thanks mucho for your nice comment!
Aww thanks so much! It’s nice to hear great comments, especially stuff thrown together precariously 😀
I'm in. I don't know how or how many, but I'm in.
Thank you so much for yor Waits-comment on WOman by the bay <3
Thanks for listening and the comments. " and I like that talky ending (you do that really well) 😀"....... yeah........ next years fawm is just going to be" books on tape" 😁
One other thing...... you stole my thunder with the Hammond...... I was thinking all the time about the first 4 track song I put out was going to be on my Wurlitzer I bought last year for fawm........ (......poor Nancy doesn't know whats about to hit her.......) 😀
Awesome sound. Absolutely gorgeous. Love it.
I thought the Hammond playing was excellent. Truth.
We sent you a message about the cassette tape. 😀
Hey man, good to see you back!
HA ha. Cheers Matey for the comment. I think its gonna be doing stuff on the fly this year so not as much mix checking, so with a dirge like that i sure i could improve......Or i could just jack in the supply teaching and have a month of FUN!!!
Out with it John... Cooperider is a pseudonym for Craigslist isn't it? Baha! Must be the snare then, that's what I had in my mind about it. The old snare wasn't as alive I think. You did play it 8 times, so could be too.
Found it!!!!! Hammertime.......
Thanks for the comment!! It seems every year I forget about the chaos of this time of year...... I think my wife would ignore me refuse to talk to me if I ever came out of this room......
thanks Coop waiting for your tape...
i am again having huge recording issues...
can't even get number one up..waaaa...
Hey, thanks for asking, but no 4 tracking for me this year. If you hear of anyone in the UK who needs a machine, they can have mine for a bargain price ...
Have a nice fawm!
Thanks man. Your positivity inspires me. I hope to hammer something out this year. Love and peace to you my friend.
Hi! Hooray for making more music! Let's see what falls out of our faces this year.
Very nice album cover. Your enthusiasm for the start of FAWM is so cheery - thanks for spreading the optimism. 😀
ZeCoopy dooby doo!
Can't wait to hear what you come up with this year! Any new additions to the studio?
Hello!!! Have an awesome FAWM! Can't wait to hear what you come up with. 😀
Hi! Happy FAWMing!
Likewise! Can't wait to hear what weirdness you pull out.
Starting countdown, I hope you'll have a great FAWM.
Hi. Yes! I'm in 😀.
Thanks! Gonna be a bit more limited this year I think due to work and a 9 month old baby, but looking forward to hearing more of that 12-string Jangle-rock!