ZeCoop 27


Michigan USA   Jan 2011


Artist Bio

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.

2017 FAWM OVER!!!!
I achieved my goal of using every single instrument that I own... I had to use the last oneson "Orphans" (3 types of electronic drums and an accordion). I wrote more songs than I ever have before. I had more collaborations than I ever have before and I had more fun than I ever have before. I also have given over 500 comments. I like the trend for my FAWMs. That will keep going up! Now, on to the massive listening party... tomorrow. 😀

I've been home-recording original 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.

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, but I'm always finding amazing new people on FAWM!

I 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.

I kept busy after FAWM this past year working a ton with the amazing @leslie on two of her albums and another Christmas album. Check her stuff out too!! http://www.lesliehudson.com
...and I also played on NYC singer Nathan Leigh's new album. You can hear my 1970's GEM Sprinter 49 Combo Organ on this song (and three others, plus I play bass on one song)... He is an amazing songwriter!

This is my 7th FAWM. It's always wonderful and something I look forward to. It's the best part of Winter! (...the only good part of winter?) 😉

**FAWM 2017 Theme**
I really want to use every single musical instrument I own at least once. That will be a stretch. 😀

All of my recordings, FAWM and otherwise, are on my bandcamp page (and they are all FREE to download - just enter $0):
2016: https://zecoop.bandcamp.com/album/faw...
2015: https://zecoop.bandcamp.com/album/faw...
2014: https://zecoop.bandcamp.com/album/faw...
2013: http://zecoop.bandcamp.com/album/fawm...
2012 (Computer died and only did simple parts)
2011: http://zecoop.bandcamp.com/album/zeco...

***Please come connect with me online!!!
Twitter: http://twitter.com/zecoop1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZeCoop-17882...

** 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.

Songs (27)

#1 With A Start 61
Feb 2017
#2 A Sliver Of Sunshine @fearlessflight2014  76
Feb 2017
#3 Fall Into Dreams 54
Feb 2017
#4 Snakes Are Watching Me 35
Feb 2017
#5 Jump 'n' Bob 34
Feb 2017
#6 Free My Soul @karlsburg25  37
Feb 2017
#7 Jangle Twelve 30
Feb 2017
#8 Awake... 3 a.m. 40
Feb 2017
#9 Zombie Beach Party Attack!!! @mosley  33
Feb 2017
#10 Tremor Tremble 19
Feb 17
#11 Market Square 21
Feb 19
#12 Boom @pinky  24
Feb 21
#13 No Mysteries Left To Be Solved @w1n 15
Feb 21
#14 We'll Come To The Jungle @owl  30
Feb 22
#15 Empathy Machine Unplugged @lanasolyluna 17
Feb 23
#16 Orphans 14
Feb 24
#17 Coop ZeVille @scottlake 14
Feb 24
#18 Soma Street @karlsburg25  20
Feb 24
#19 The Discomfort of Growth @guatecoop  16
Feb 26
#20 Basement Band @srcoops 21
Feb 26
#21 Northern Lights @metalfoot  41
Feb 27
#22 Kiss You Now @toms  18
Feb 27
#23 The Legend Of The Hot Chili Pepper Girl @alboe 21
Feb 28
#24 Z/28 Stakeout 12
Feb 28
#25 Infinite Game (with GuateCoop and KovBleu) 7
Feb 28
#26 So...Whatever @kovbleu  20
Feb 28
#27 Broken Carousel @piney  35
Feb 28


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  • @leahshoshanah Apr 2

    Hey! Thanks for the kind words on "An Unusually Warm February Day!" I'm listening to your stuff on bandcamp right now. Nice! I'm touring through Michigan in July. Would love to pick your brain about venues or possibly do a show together!

  • @leepat  Mar 28

    Hey thanks for listening to Wrap up! I actually had Tom Waits in mind for another song but... Glad you liked it 😀

  • @kc5 Mar 25

    Thank you for your very kind comments ZeCoop. I have hopes to return and listen to some of your material as well as your brother's. 😀

  • @barbara  Mar 25

    Today I am listening to everything you've posted in the same way I did with @piney's tracks. I'm so appreciative when folks make their songs downloadable so I can do it that way. You weren't kidding that you have no 'typical' style! However, the results are consistently outstanding, as your exploratory attitude in building up layers with designated instruments brings home fresh kill every time!! So creative and talented. I've just heard all the instrumentals, plus the one collab with Liz, so far. I'm thinking of going to work on my difficulty with adding lyrics to existing music by practicing playing around with some of those instrumentals, just as an exercise. Excited about the opportunity!
    Thank you for your kind comments and for the watchlisting. Backatcha! <3

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 25

    Thank you so much John for your warm message and support. It is always a great pleasure to listen to your music and collaborations. Thank you for everything. Have a great Spring. Hope we collaborate again when you have a chance.
    Warmest greetings,

  • @metalfoot  Mar 25

    Thanks for your continuing to listen to my stuff (and I'm noticing a collaborative theme in today's listening!). I really am blessed by having such wonderful collaborators to work with.

  • @musicsongwriter Mar 25

    Thank you John from Alex and me for your beautiful comment on It's not about the demo.

  • @wacha Mar 23

    Thank you very much for your comments on my songs. I write most of my songs on my ukulele, sometimes that leads to me then having to come up up with something different to play it on the guitar and keep a similar sound.

    When I was assigned the frog I knew I was going to write something referencing Kermit and "It's Not Easy Being Green". I threw a lot of lines out and was pretty happy with what I ended up with.

    I highly recommend "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane", it is a great, under exposed movie. I am working on a "full band" version of this currently and might post it when I have it done.

  • @driftwood1  Mar 22

    Thanks for all the great comments. I had Stacy watchlisted from last year. I'm going to check out your bands site.

  • @ballyhoot  Mar 17

    Thanks for your comments on my songs!!

  • @chandra83  Mar 11

    Thanks for your feedback on "No Right" 😀

  • @devinhill Mar 7

    Thanks for listening to my song "Bury My Head In the Sand." They Might Be Giants is one of my favorite bands and one of my biggest influences 😁

  • @kevinemmrich  Mar 7

    I got the black LP cajon as a stupid deal of the day! seemed like a good deal.

  • @zxcvbnm  Mar 7

    Thanks for your comments on John Gordon, it was a pleasure for me too collab with a tale ted musician like Jamie.

  • @ihelen  Mar 6

    Thanks for all your comments on my songs! I thought I read somewhere about a possible mass exodus / vanishing of FAWMers around March 10th, so I figured I better wrap up commenting before people go. It was a pleasure to listen to all your songs and collaborations. About your comment on my Spring song - turning winter into spring / summer songs is an interesting idea... Could be some sort of concept album. 😀

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 6

    Damn it, I have to do some, urgent email work now, I will be back!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 6

    You should wait, I'm posting more demos today and tomorrow!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 6

    Okay, I'm here to listen to all your songs I haven't heard!

  • @cynthiawolff  Mar 6

    this says 27 songs, but it seems to me that every song I clicked on and listened to , you were listed! no kidding @zecoop you are everywhere and so loved by so many...
    I was picturing a t-shirt with you on it with a halo and wings...
    your the star man and I love you to bits...thanks for you kindness and generosity and talent!!!!!

  • @ihelen  Mar 3

    Thanks for commenting on my Jelly song! It sure was fun to play! Although I should probably crack open my bass method book 1 sometime and learn something a bit more complicated than straight quarter and eight notes. 😉 Hope you and your family have a fantastic weekend!

  • @johnstaples  Mar 3

    I guess I'd recommend this one as a quirky little thing that I am pretty happy with!

    Heartbreak Apropos

  • @cloudboy  Mar 3

    Sorry, brother! Didn't mean to insult the organ. It sounded great!

  • @johnstaples  Mar 3

    Thanks John! I'll check out all of those soon!!!

  • @johnstaples  Mar 2

    Hey! I just realized I have only sampled one of your new creations so far this year! If I were to ask you...which two of yours should I try next?

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 2

    27 songs... Whoa.....

  • @ihelen  Mar 2

    Well, I can send you that math song if you'd like because my 4th grader son doesn't even want to listen to it. 😂 It may as well go where it's useful, if you think your wife's students would actually appreciate it.

  • @reggiestyte Mar 2

    Oh, and to answer your question about the Sandman bass on "Confessions of a Naive Double Agent", it's a Tobias Growler with 2 strings removed & played with a glass slide. A tribute to the late Mark Sandman of Morphine fame. Also featured in "3 Farms Trail".

  • @reggiestyte Mar 2

    Hey daddio, we've met in this cafe before. Thanks for swingin' by & throwing quarters in my jukebox. And for all the hip comments. Rhythmic, clever, story-telling is the hallmark I aim for. Glad in resonates & put a smile on your face. I'm gonna hang around for a bit.

  • @bachelorb  Mar 2

    Sounds good.... I will..... mail came today, but still no tape

  • @sherrycanary  Mar 2

    Thank you for all the listening and wonderful comments. You know how to make a gal feel good! 😀

  • @ihelen  Mar 2

    Thanks for commenting on my math song! Although it was originally meant to be a children's song, I think the adults are enjoying it more. Have a wonderful day!

  • @pipewrench67  Mar 2

    I noticed the same, You, @marvsmooth & @jibbidy34 were all missing from my list.

  • @pipewrench67  Mar 2

    Hey check this guy out especially 21-25 http://fawm.org/fawmers/zzomar/

  • @rainchaser  Mar 2

    Thanks for the encouraging comment on " Pity I Will Never Clean Up My Room". I didn't really have much phrasing on this one except for the "no chord" parts. I'm curious on what part of the lyrics had phrasing.

  • @piney  Mar 1

    Good thing you remembered that drum machine!!!

  • @piney  Mar 1

    Ok ok... I'll take the accordion case as a pass. It is still an important part of the instrument. 😉

  • @mikhail Mar 1

    haha! I have actually dressed as both David Lee Roth and Frank Zappa for Halloween (though, not at the same time)

  • @mikhail Mar 1

    Thanks for the drums! I had meant to start something with that track earlier in the month, but I never had a great lyric idea. I have heard that J Geils song before and forgot about it, and I guess it popped up from my subconscious when I needed something to yell about. 😀

    It would be fun to work on something more collaboratively next time!

  • @sueawesome Mar 1

    Thank you so much for such thoughtful words on gold rush soul...too kind!!

    Congrats on the finish

  • @nicetrip  Mar 1

    Thanks for your feedback on my tracks! It's very valuable for me. Your music is great, with no doubt, this is my main finding in the first year of FAWM! Keep it up! 😀

  • @sw1n3flu  Mar 1

    ...and yeah I also have tonnes of room recordings, that capture the good, bad and ugly process of jamming out new ideas or refining old ones. I'm sure I've spent thousands of hours listening to them as well!

  • @sw1n3flu  Mar 1

    Thanks for the triple-threat series of comments! I'm grinning and my ego's doing all right too 😉

  • @leah0k Mar 1

    Thanks for the encouragement!
    I made it!
    Now for bed 😁

  • @metalfoot  Feb 28

    It's fun to sing really low notes sometimes! (I'm aiming for the "most diverse sounding voice on FAWM" award, LOL) Thanks for listening to my version of The Road is so Long.

  • @siebass  Feb 28

    Definitely had to make sure to have at least one guy not clapping in time, otherwise it can't be real! Thanks for stopping to check out my version!

  • @jamesstaubes  Feb 28

    You're welcome. Yes a great tune. Ah I thought I heard a male harmony vocal on there.

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 28

    Thank you so much for all your support of Tomo and I's work. Just starting to catch up on listening and dealing with fussy internet, but I'm looking forward to catching up on this. You're so great about collaborating with a variety of people. It's inspiring!

  • @seanbrennan  Feb 28

    Hi! Thanks for giving so many of my songs a thorough listen! (The viola stuff, and then "Gut Check" and "The Wildest Dream.") Yeah, I live in Portage now. Seeing that there are a fair few southwest MI FAWMers - wish I had been more active in seeking out a meetup. Hope your February has been fulfilling!

  • @scottlake Feb 27

    Just listened. It sounds cool. I like the parts you added.

  • @scottlake Feb 27

    I haven't really had a chance to listen to it with a good system yet. I only have been able to listen over my iPhone speaker. I'll let you know later tonight.

  • @siebass  Feb 27

    Thank you for the listen and the comment on "Time is a map". I usually write songs that are 2-4 minutes long, and usually on guitar, so that was a real challenge for me to do piano/organ and a long song. I appreciate you taking the time to get through it!

  • @bachelorb  Feb 27

    You need the Hammond!! You can use the excuse "all the cool people are doing it......" 😎

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 27

    2018 FAWM Goal: Collab with Coop.

    Thought you should know. 😁

  • @metalfoot  Feb 27

    and I think Northern Lights is my favourite song of FAWM this year. THANK YOU SO MUCH for giving me such a beautiful track to work with.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 27

    Sure. Northern Lights was my working title. I can post the lyrics once the song goes live. 😀

  • @metalfoot  Feb 27

    You seem to have the talent to make big productions work! I go minimal because I know my limitations...! LOL

  • @metalfoot  Feb 27

    I do hope my vocal part works OK for you. 😀

  • @metalfoot  Feb 26

    (check your email!)

  • @scottlake Feb 26

    Your demo is up and I added you as. Collaborator. I will try to listen later

  • @metalfoot  Feb 25

    That's awesome. Trombonists unite! 😀 And I have lyrics about half-written for our collab now. 😀

  • @scottlake Feb 25


  • @scottlake Feb 25

    Files should be in wettansfer.com now. You should be able to download from the google drive folder also but I did the wetransfer thing also

  • @metalfoot  Feb 25

    I thank you for your great confidence in me and I hope I do not disappoint you!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 25

    I've never actually written words to a completed track before so this is exciting new turf for me! Will try to complete this today or tomorrow.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 25

    Hasn't shown up in my inbox yet. Off to work for a bit but will check again when I get home. Looking forward to this!

  • @ihelen  Feb 25

    Thanks for commenting on my Dreamless song! I'm so glad you liked the reverb on the vocals, because it took my FOREVER to deal with those tracks. 😆 And thank you also for listening to it a few times - I never thought anyone would want to listen to it more than once. In fact, my family members don't even listen to my songs the whole way through most of the time. 😂

    For your Empathy collab song, it's interesting how you interpreted the last part. At first reading, I was a bit surprised that she wrote about a wife because she was singing the lyrics. So then I thought, okay so the story there is a woman married to a woman maybe. But then I read the line "While I watch pundits fight," I somehow thought of a guy watching MMA (mixed martial arts) or some kind of televised fighting thing... Your interpretation makes way more sense though - because the lines are more cohesive. Mine were just all over the place! Hmm... let's just say I listened to it early in the morning when my brain wasn't turned on yet. Well, good night for now!

  • @scottlake Feb 25

    google drive folder shared. I'm curious what you might add. Thanks again for the drums. May I make a request you do that every year as a gift to FAWM?

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 24

    Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous about that song because of you and the other bandmembers...haha, I pushed my amateur mixing skills to the limit so y'all wouldn't have to come track me down. LOL Glad you liked it though, I breathed a sigh of relief after your comment. 😁

  • @tjeff  Feb 24

    Thanks for your comments on "Too Good to be True" ZeCoop - you are tooooo kind! Much appreciated.

  • @piney  Feb 24

    Thanks Z!

  • @scottlake Feb 24

    Coop ZeVille was me on my Ibanez SR-655 5-string bass just on the highest two strings, picked with the thickest bass pick I own. I will send you the raw track and your track as aligned in my daw so you can import it correctly. I will put them on my google drive and invite you to the folder.

  • @adforperu  Feb 24

    Hey man - don't you worry, I'm in the same boat.. sounds like we both have very large watchlists, ha. Impressive amount of songs you have so far.. I will listen to all eventually eventually 😀 Ah cool thank you.. I sort of feel like recording and mixing that fatigued my FAWM progress a bit, but nae bother!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 24

    My inlaws bought me a Zoom G1Xon pedal for my birthday so I'm having a blast trying out settings and actually, you know, being able to use my electric guitar after the kids are in bed because I can line out directly from the effects pedal into the mic in jack on my recording computer. Rocking out as quiet as a mouse. That's the ticket! 😀 Thanks again for the drum track.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 24

    Thanks, I'm glad you liked "Geek Alert". It was quite experimental for me pulling up ideas I heard about in school many years ago but haven't really used since. I was afraid it would sound like crap but I'm actually happy with how it turned out. Thanks for listening.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 24

    Surprise! Hope you don't mind me tagging you as collaborator on "Rock Jam" 😀

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 24

    Thanks for your comments on "Jimmy's Back In Town". It's a popular lyric by @arthurrossi. There are 4 settings of it so far. I did use my surf rig on this one ('62 Jaguar/'67 Dual Showman). Just seemed like the right thing to do.

  • @songsville  Feb 24

    Thanks for your really great comment. I've only just discovered Gentle Giant, I was amazed to hear some of my albums from last year had a bit of their flavour too, and even more amazed to find they are British too ... they are not well known in the UK!

  • @w1n Feb 23

    No stress John, I'm very happy we got to do one song, anything more would have been a bonus.

  • @hanley  Feb 23

    Thanks for the lovely comments/congrats, and congratulations to you for hitting the finish line early! Gold Star to you

  • @ihelen  Feb 23

    Hey - I still have 4 more of your songs to listen to! 😆 I got sidetracked and then saw your message just now. It's easy to listen to your songs - they're all really wonderful. And thanks for commenting on Lantern too! Listening to your songs, I'm thinking I should probably try something on my bass (I'm also a beginner there). I'll return one day to hear the rest - and to see if you've played all your instruments! 😀

  • @theresaj Feb 23

    Thank you, John! I was thrilled to work with such a fun piece of music and surprised at how well my existing lyrics fit to it! Amazing when that happens. I'm behind in listening but I will be back to hear your stuff!

  • @w1n Feb 22

    Thanks John, the lyrics aren't that far off, it's mostly the chorus I'm not quite satisfied with.
    My studio mate collects Yamaha PSS series keyboards so we have a bunch of them in the studio, I also own a wonky 560, and a 270. Love the rhythms on the 560/70/80 and the Cosmic sound, use it a lot on the Ghost Karaoke album.

  • @ihelen  Feb 22

    Thanks for commenting on my Takeover song! It's actually the first song I'v made with live guitars. You are very kind to say that it sounded good, especially since you're a pro! 😊

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 21

    Do you wanna send me some music I can put lyrics and vocals to? We haven't done a collab yet this year 😉

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 21

    Aaaaargh! Am so frustrated!! Busted finger! laryngitis! Still hoping to get that collab done before the bell.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 21

    Thanks for listening and commenting on "Surf Sailor". Glad you liked it. That guitar and I played a lot of surf music in our younger days.

    Have a great week.

  • @pachufe Feb 20

    Thanks for the feedback!!!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 20

    Right on..
    now we're on the same page...got it.

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 20

    I probably did a bad here, but I posted it on the Forum..Recommended songs..
    If that's wrong let me know...
    oh I'm a troublemaker, but with good intentions...
    Is that a line for a song...heck yeah I think it is..
    love you coopxxc

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 20

    I guess the problem with the cassette's is , is that "FourTrackTape" is not making any comments, so it doesn't get any listens...
    If a regular collab between two people can be posted on both pages, I don't know why it can't be posted between four? It's the only way all our hard work is going to get heard, right?
    AS soon as I posted it, I got a hit...
    I don't need it for my numbers, but just want our work to get out there...
    No worries either way Coop...just wanna be cool and not rock any boats..xxxxxxxxxxxc

  • @w1n Feb 20

    Ok cool, got some free time and inspiration so I'm aiming for 14 songs even though I hadn't planned for it.

  • @w1n Feb 20

    What is the other song you might have ideas for? So I can proritize trying to finish up the last one in some kind of way.

  • @w1n Feb 20

    Kiev drums sounds good, try to mix it down tomorrow. I can remove you as collab. Still want the Surf USB files? Didn't have the time to do it today unfortunatly. But I have the studio the next couple of days.

  • @clioem  Feb 20

    Merci! (that's New Canadian for thank you. Also in French. But New Canadian sounds fansay.)

  • @piney  Feb 20

    Don't stop working!.... I mean believing. Don't worry. It is getting to be crunch time. Not sure if I'll make it!🙈

  • @squeakmouse73 Feb 20

    Thank you a million for your encouragement, especially in regards to my piano playing. I've always felt like a jack of all trades, but master of none when it comes to any of the instruments I play.

  • @roysmith  Feb 19

    Cheers, glad you liked it

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 19

    Argh I was wondering why I wasn't seeing any track sof yours this year. You are now watchlisted sir! 😁

  • @w1n Feb 19

    Cool, I'll download and check it out when I'm at the studio and some more stable Wi-Fi tomorrow

  • @w1n Feb 19

    I'll put the Surfing USB files in the Dropbox folder tomorrow. Be wonderfull if I could get separate files for Kiev