ZeCoop 28


Michigan US   Jan 2011


Artist Bio

Influences:   Musical tastes all over the map - old REM, Beatles, The Ventures, 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.

**FAWM 2020 is dedicated to my older brother who passed away suddenly on January 3rd. He is missed by many and just had to be on my cover. <3

This is my TENTH FAWM!!!! πŸ˜€
I've been home-recording music for many years, with music that covers styles all over the map.

Check out my dad's (@srcoops) and younger brother's (@guatecoop) pages! @srcoops writes a ton of lyrics and we've collaborated on a lot of songs. He's very open to people using his lyrics, and had lots of collaborations last year, so let him know if you'd like to use them!! You might see something from my son, as well (@kingofthemoose) - he has an amazing voice and love of music. He's collaborated in the past with me too, notably on 2018's "My Grandpa", which had five different Coops on it! Also check out @kovbleu and @slawbleu - they are in Treading Bleu with my younger brother and me. πŸ˜€

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 various 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 have used some MIDI keys the past few years, but most of the time, what you are hearing is me actually playing the instruments live, including drums, one track at a time. 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 10th FAWM. It's always wonderful and something I look forward to. It's the best part of Winter! (...the only good part of winter?) πŸ˜‰

All of my recordings, FAWM and otherwise, are on my bandcamp page

2019: https://zecoop.bandcamp.com/album/faw...
2018: https://zecoop.bandcamp.com/album/faw...
2017: https://zecoop.bandcamp.com/album/faw...
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)
(but I did get this awesome song with @seemanski)
2011 (almost all songs with my dad @srcoops): http://zecoop.bandcamp.com/album/zeco...

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

** Any and all feedback is welcomed! ***
(I just may not listen to it, lol...)

Songs (28)

#1 Elegy 60
3 weeks
#2 Leelanau Trail 28
3 weeks
#3 Fake Smile Club 31
3 weeks
#4 Snow Filtered Sun @guatecoop  33
2 weeks
#5 Behind The Armory @guatecoop  26
2 weeks
#6 A Path and a Log 11
2 weeks
#7 Intolerant (**Updated with vocals!**) @seemanski  21
2 weeks
#8 Acadia 17
2 weeks
#9 Truth @stevenwesleyguiles  15
2 weeks
#10 Enigma 15
2 weeks
#11 Saturday Night Shindig! 26
1 week
#12 Circular Thoughts 11
1 week
#13 Mermaid CafΓ© (also with guatecoop) @lanasolyluna 21
1 week
#14 Emotional Seasons 6
1 week
#15 It's My Bag (Let Me Do My Thing) @cts  31
1 week
#16 Fake Smile @karlsburg25  23
1 week
#17 The Blindfold Of Memory @fuzzy  15
6 days
#18 A Course Uncharted (tape 3) @marvsmooth  1
6 days
#19 Stay (Emotional Seasons) @aesthetic72  20
5 days
#20 Fifteen Rocks @guatecoop  9
3 days
#21 Doorway To Wholeness @caterwauler  16
3 days
#22 Offbeat Feelings @guatecoop  5
3 days
#23 Last Day of School 8
2 days
#24 Moon Tower 2 6
1 day
#25 Enigma (*vocal version*) @karlsburg25  4
14 hours
#26 Snow Filtered Sun (*Vocal Version*) - plus GuateCoop @owl  4
5 hours
#27 Love Won't End @metalfoot  3
4 hours
#28 Senior Driver @srcoops  1
1 hour


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  • @karlsburg25  5 hours

    Cheers matey. Natalie is such a treasure and works so hard out there. We go out and have a lovely time, whilst she spends half the week off the island in a box room doing online teaching. But boy when she sings (which she has only just developed the confidence to do) it blows me away. Really wanted to get that song done so people could hear more of her ridiculously gorgeous vocals.

  • @emkaydeebee  6 hours

    And *I* can’t believe there's drums out there that can fit all my madcapped ideas! πŸ˜‰

  • @candle  7 hours

    Hey, thanks for the great comment on Turtle - & thank you for recording & sharing those awesome drum tracks! Your drums really pulled the song together.

    See You In the Shadows…

  • @toms 8 hours

    Ah, the power supply box...there was a day when I had one of those... It'll turn up, in time for 50/90 at least. πŸ˜€

  • @emkaydeebee  10 hours

    Thank you thank you! πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰ clickety clack song next in line...

  • @toms 10 hours

    I seem to have lost the power supply. 😏

  • @toms 15 hours

    No casio this year. 😞

  • @judypie  19 hours

    My most favouritest fawm! 😁 Congratulations on your spectacular win!

  • @lanasolyluna 1 day

    Awww YOU are the best!!! Xx

  • @lanasolyluna 1 day

    If she saw me walking down the street and threw a head of lettuce at my head, I would actually feel better. The scorecards are even πŸ˜€

  • @rayboneor  1 day

    Thanks for the shout out! Michigan seems to be teeming with fawmers

  • @dragondreams  1 day

    Thank you loads John! Of course, it's all about pinkie placement... πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚
    And congrats on crossing the line! I have loads of catching up to do.

  • @emkaydeebee  2 days

    One chocolate eclair, winging it's way to you through the mail... the cream may have gone off by the time it gets to you though, so you may not want to eat it... ha ha! Thanks, you πŸ˜€

  • @piney  2 days

    Thank you- hope you are well too. I’ll catch up on my listens for you soon. πŸ˜€ great job!

  • @thedutchwidows  2 days

    Finest Worksong!

    And I thought it was great too. Really liked it. Gotta run to a band rehearsal now, but will be listening to your stuff from start to finish when I get back!

  • @fuzzy  2 days

    Wow, that's some mighty fine Frippian guitar porn right there!

  • @fuzzy  2 days

    Robert Fripp uses a triangle pick?
    Well dang, I feel like I need one now, and I don't even play guitar.
    Thanx for your comment!

  • @piney  2 days

    Dang, I’ve got some catching up to do πŸ˜³πŸ˜€

  • @thedutchwidows  2 days

    Thanks for the link - I'll have a listen later when I'm not in the office...

    My peak-REM years were pretty much '86 to '94, triggered by a bootleg tape of Fables and Pageant that a friend gave me. I fell away a little from Monster onwards just because life, but still saw them on every tour from '89 onwards. Except the last one and I'm still kicking myself about that. Just couldn't get to a gig, thought there'd be another tour, and then there wasn't...

  • @thedutchwidows  2 days

    Hey @zecoop - thanks for the message in the forum. Have just read through your list of influences, and it's basically a list of my favourite bands! Well, up to the proggier stuff. Never got my head round prog. Throw in The National (who I'm currently obsessed by), and my list of favourite bands would basically be the same!

  • @tcelliott  2 days

    Thanks for the link. I grabbed everything. You're awesome!

  • @postcardhelicopters  3 days

    "Doorway" is truly lovely.

    Mostly on the YouTubes I see folks pushing VolcaBeats into warp speed, but I really love what you're doing with it. I've been considering adding some analog instruments and your laid back tracks have made me reconsider it as a good option.

  • @tamsnumber4  3 days

    Thank you for commenting on my song "The Naked Eye" and my collab song "In Her Garden", I appreciate it!

  • @kovbleu  3 days

    I'm super far behind in listening...work has not been allowing it for me this year during the daytime but I can't wait to hear all your stuff once I get a chance!!!!!!!!

  • @susancantey  3 days

    Sorry to hear about your brother. Mine also died suddenly in 2017 and I'm not over it yet. Very tough.

  • @emkaydeebee  3 days


  • @emkaydeebee  3 days

    Aw thank you! 😊 (Sorry, hadn’t meant to sound quite so much like I was telling you what to do πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ)

  • @emkaydeebee  3 days

    Ps - glad the bends were effective!

  • @emkaydeebee  3 days

    Thanks for listening (and following in order!) - the last one follows straight as a bit of a reprise/resolve from Sheann’s Story so if you fancy listening it’s worth doing while that one still in your head 😊 Feel quite emotional after the last two!

  • @fuzzy  4 days

    Thanks for the offer of your ambient stems, but I've reached fourteen so I think I might be done. I'd love to collaborate again during 50/90, though.

  • @elesimo  4 days

    Heya! Yeah, I'll just send him a SASE envelope, it's easier. Thanks! πŸ˜€

  • @fuzzy  4 days

    Done! πŸ˜€

  • @postcardhelicopters  4 days

    Coolness r.e. the fountain audio -- and I'll be sure to come by and knock on the door if I cook something up with that recipe!

  • @fuzzy  4 days

    And thanx for the Laurie Anderson comparison. That means a lot to me. πŸ˜€

  • @fuzzy  4 days

    Thanx for your comment on "The Blindfold Of Memory".
    I really enjoyed working with your ambient stems. I consider you to be a collaborator on the track even though you didn't want to be listed as such. πŸ˜€

  • @tcelliott  5 days

    I've been remiss in listening. I shall at least correct it for a song or two now. Also, I would love to take you up on your offer. Thanks. *WAVE*

  • @emkaydeebee  6 days

    🍻 Cheers! 🍻

  • @emkaydeebee  6 days

    Thank you! 😊

  • @heuristicsinc  6 days

    I commented on my song but I don't know if you get informed when I tag you... so see here: https://fawm.org/songs/107323/

  • @postcardhelicopters  6 days

    "O Superman" **swoon** that song was a great discovery and split me open in the most wonderful way when it came out. I wore out that 45. It was either that 45 or the album "Audion" by Synergy on my turntable that summer. O Superman was also one of the indirect inspirations for my "I'm a Metal Man" song from last year.

  • @postcardhelicopters  6 days

    "He keeps hanging up!"


  • @postcardhelicopters  6 days

    Ah! Chimes. Of course, that's the telephone ringing I'm hearing.

    All of those sounds blend really well together. It was worth the work - thanks for persevering.

  • @postcardhelicopters  6 days

    Hey! I'm glad you enjoyed my little peek under the microscope πŸ˜€

    Here's a link to the original brass fountain FLAC file, if you're interested. As with your drum loops, if you do end up finding a use for this, no collab notation is necessary.

    Happy Hunting for Things to Hit!

    Brass Fountain: https://tinyurl.com/ta8ffp8

  • @tangle 6 days

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback on the last two songs. I appreciate you helping me reframe the blips and bloops in Viriditas as something metaphorical instead of my old laptop causing problems heheh. I love that your son works with special needs populations too and has given them joy with music. It's an awesome calling. <3

  • @caterwauler  1 week

    Terrified?? Whyyyyyy lol, you know I barely know what I'm doing 😁
    Yes, I read your liner notes. So sorry you have to go through this.
    I'm glad you found a bit of solace making songs.
    As I said, you're welcome on my Slack, be it for a collab or just for informal talk. ❀️

  • @caterwauler  1 week

    Have I turned down a collab with you in the past?? I hope not lol.
    Could happen more easily if you joined my Slack. I don't know if you still have the same address ; drop me an email (link on my page) and I'll send you an invite. πŸ˜€
    Thank you for your lovely feedback. I'm awfully behind with listening/commenting (as always). You're on top of my list for tonight's session. πŸ˜€

  • @davidtaro  1 week

    Hey man. Thanks for taking the time to listen to my stuff - really appreciated those comments! So nice to find someone who shares a fondness for over-production πŸ˜‰

  • @s7even  1 week

    All set. Sorry about that.

  • @s7even  1 week

    Would you mind if I post your instrumental in my song description and have it as a collaboration so when people read the lyrics they can read them to the instrumental?

  • @s7even  1 week

    Thank you for checking out my lyrics. it means a lot that you appreciate them.

  • @brandondale72  1 week

    Thanks for the really kind words on my recent collab with Joanne. πŸ˜€

  • @keithcuts  1 week

    Cool cool. Fair. I’m hosting a skirmish today at 2p. I’m using that as a jump off point for the kind of song I want to make today. Thanks for the 🎢🎢 eye opening idea. Maybe the prompt will be β€œstomp some @ss on the hood of a GTO”

  • @fuzzy  1 week

    Thanx for your comment on our starship AI track. I considered putting in docking and crew noises at the end, but wanted to leave it open ended; "what's gonna happen?!?"
    I suspect the humans won't be able to keep their hands off of alien artifacts, and then they're all doomed...

  • @brandondale72  1 week

    Ahh thanks for such kind and endearing words regarding my song, "Michigan". Glad I have someone that understands where I'm coming from. Appreciate the visit, friend. Time to explore some of your work!

  • @famjam 1 week

    Checking your stuff out. I'm in MI myself. Enjoying what I am hearing. πŸ‘πŸ‘€

  • @aesthetic72  1 week

    No worries! Still working some other things for other folks (including me) but I’m really interested!

  • @aesthetic72  1 week

    Please do! Send me an email?

  • @judypie  1 week

    Hahahaha thank u Zecoop! 😁I probably AM singing about dogpoop in the park unfortunately πŸ˜‚

  • @akokulit 1 week

    <3 thanks for the message. i hope for more peace and love your way.

  • @aesthetic72  1 week

    Thank you for all the listens and wonderful comments!

  • @goodshipsusie  1 week

    Thanks so much! I'm using FAWM as an opportunity to explore different sounds. My musicianship lags behind my ear by a wide mile! Cheers!

  • @goodshipsusie  1 week

    Thanks for commenting on "Count Me In Steve"! I get NO credit for the backing tracks. I completely used backing tracks from iReal Pro, changed the key, and put some vocals over it! I don't have the chops at all! I better add this to the liner notes!

  • @delwoodworks  1 week

    Thanks for listening down to a couple of my tunes. I really dig your composing and would love to collab. D

  • @aeye 1 week

    Lol you know what I meant

  • @leepat 1 week

    yep, that's what happens when you omit an 'a' πŸ˜€

  • @aesthetic72  1 week

    Hi there! Thanks for such a sweet comment (and invitation!) Can I just move to wherever all you -bleus, slaw-s, and -coops are and we can hang out and jam? You are all completely made of music and I just love listening to all of your work! I'm a bit full on collabs at the moment, but I would love to work with you on something as well. Let me get busy on what I owe my pal Garry and then I'll swing back to you. I'll try to make space because I really love the collabs. πŸ˜€

  • @emkaydeebee  1 week

    Downloaded just now! πŸ˜ƒ Thank you!

  • @hornesgiftshop  1 week

    The Red Rose and the Briar is a great song - never heard it before. Thanks.

  • @pipewrench67  1 week

    Hey, spent my Saturday with your drum track #1 (I think) https://fawm.org/songs/105587/

  • @cts  1 week

    I'll check it out. I'm just a wee bit behind but I'm gaining ground (I think). I'll check my email.

  • @marvsmooth  1 week

    I've now made the song Follow downloadable - https://fawm.org/songs/104398/

  • @fourzeroes 1 week

    In answer to your soundboard post: I didn't think I was but apparently I am! πŸ˜€

  • @aeye 2 weeks

    That is very much appreciated πŸ˜€. Sincerely glad you enjoyed it.

  • @woolford 2 weeks


  • @mikeb 2 weeks

    Oh, thanks for the comment on my latest song, too - if I was able to record on the computer without all the crackling, I would have kept this in check until I had the full band version recorded.

  • @mikeb 2 weeks

    Thanks for the listen and comment on my week 2 challenge song!

  • @emkaydeebee  2 weeks

    Have just dropped you an email from my hotmail dot co dot uk account - could well end up in spam/junk!

  • @scottlake 2 weeks

    I bought that one for 5$ not knowing it had a bum note. It’s the first one I’ve ever had and I didn’t know that fouled notes were a thing. Once I went to use it I found that bum note. So off to YouTube I went. I didn’t see my particular problem but I figured it had to be something I could see. Sure enough. Overall it took me about 10 minutes to fix it.

  • @emkaydeebee  2 weeks

    Ooooh, thank you!....

  • @emkaydeebee  2 weeks

    Aw, you guys are my heroes, thank you!

  • @emkaydeebee  2 weeks

    Thanks @zecoop! Your drums are very much leading my composing this year - as soon as I played it through I knew it was the one to convey all that nervous energy!

  • @yarimurray  2 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on Dang Woodchucks. We did have an awful lot of fun with that one. The numerous percussion bits, mouse toy woodchuck sounds, and the cat meow at the end were all my wife's ideas.

    I'm looking forward to listening to your stuff when I get the chance. And I may yet use one of the drum tracks you offered. I did that a few FAWMs ago with a track your brother offered up and the results were magical.

  • @lanasolyluna 2 weeks

    Oooh can't wait! πŸ˜€

  • @lanasolyluna 2 weeks

    Thanks as always for all your lovely comments ❀️

  • @judypie  2 weeks

    Awww wonderful! Helloooo from across the pond!

  • @judypie  2 weeks

    Oh a coop listening party πŸ˜ƒ That makes me happy

  • @emkaydeebee  2 weeks

    Ooh no, wasn’t aware of her til now, Thanks for the heads up!

  • @emkaydeebee  2 weeks

    Thank you so much @zecoop - your comments mean a lot!

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    Hahhh!, yeah, -- for those who want to count 32nds and 64ths πŸ˜€ ... I try to keep track of the 1 and feel the rest. I figured/hoped you'd like that. I think Carmin Apice did that, he said, if remembering correctly, (when he took lessons).

    (Not that you should know Apice, -- but, for fun, look him up if get a chance. An old NJ, NY resident that try's to remain active even now.)

    Happy FAWM2020! I keep clicking that ab use button but no 6-pack yet πŸ˜€

  • @elainedimasi  3 weeks

    Cedar Point is THE best. I'm from Pittsburgh, and bunches of my cousins live in and around Cleveland, so I knew it well. Would love to visit again.

  • @mariekevinkmusic  3 weeks

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my songs. I'm going to listen to your tracks as soon as my shift is over!

  • @dragondreams  3 weeks

    You are so very kind, John. Thank you. πŸ˜€

  • @piney  3 weeks

    Thank you for your lovely comment and all around wonderfulness.

  • @jeustan  3 weeks

    Thank you for the listens! Your songs are top shelf, seriously. I could live in those mixes.

  • @lanasolyluna 3 weeks

    Yeah Weezer was really fun in the early 90s. Maybe I'm just nostalgic for that era when some of the mainstream stuff was a bit noisier and weirder and had a sense of humor.

  • @cherok40  3 weeks

    Thanks a lot for listening to - and your kind words about - my "Chernobyl"-track. Very much appreciated!


  • @lisamarie777 3 weeks

    Haha! Thanks re: my fun with "bro science."

  • @marklberry 3 weeks

    Sending words your way, if you're game for a colab this year πŸ˜€

  • @scottlake 3 weeks

    We loved it as well. I did my first bike ride of the year on Sunday. It was 70 degrees here. My house sits at 6800’ elevation in the foothills of the Rockies. Unfortunate for me in order to get back to my house from a ride, I have a pretty steep climb in the last mile. I’ve had cartilage removed from both knees and supposedly there’s not much left on the backs of the kneecaps. But it’s about the only aerobic exercise I can stand.

  • @scottlake 3 weeks

    We loved it as well. I did my first bike ride of the year on Sunday. It was 70 degrees here. My house sits at 6800’ elevation in the foothills of the Rockies. Unfortunate for me in order to get back to my house from a ride, I have a pretty steep climb in the last mile. I’ve had cartilage removed from both knees and supposedly there’s not much left on the backs of the kneecaps. But it’s about the only aerobic exercise I can stand.