Today we’d like to introduce you to Cole Supple.
Hi Cole, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m a 20 year old musical artist/singer-songwriter from Camarillo, CA, currently hanging in Pasadena and attending USC. I started playing guitar and writing songs when I was six years old after being inspired by the Naked Brother’s Band TV show and The Beatles. I’ve continued with the same heart for 14 years since, writing songs and performing those songs. My first album came out when I was nine years old, self-recorded on an old HP laptop straight into the built-in microphone. Burned the album onto CD’s and gave them to friends and family. My most recent record “Platinum Recovery” came out in April of 2020.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Nope. Creating art along with trying to fashion that art into a career of sorts has proved challenging time and time again. I’m a strict believer in not forcing songs. There are periods when I’ll go weeks or sometimes months without writing a full song or a solid idea- can make your brain worry ‘are we all out of ideas?’. And I won’t lie, I sometimes toy with that thought and it feels scary. Regardless of how many other songs you’re working with or have previously written, you worry the story has ended before it even started. As well, I’ve gotten burnt out recently. Music has fulfilled my life for a long, long time, nonstop, what an insane blessing. I’ve actively decided to go on a musical hiatus for an undetermined amount of time.
Kind of odd to admit in an interview where you’re supposed to be excited and jumpy about promoting your music, but I have to be honest about this. I have great mentors in my life who keep pushing me to go out and live more as I’ve been so consumed in music for so long. Though I have ‘lived’, I’ve been greedy- expecting music to flow without an active stream of experience and inspiration feeding it. This is my time to do so. Forget about music for a little bit and go live. My friend Isaac convinced me of the importance in being open about this and that it’s okay not to be pressuring yourself into painting some beautiful picture of your career at all times. Honesty can be a struggle in that respect, but I think it’s important all people grow to be honest with themselves. Something I’m definitely still working on but wanted to mention.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a singer/songwriter and I like to produce my music. I specialize in songwriting, guitar, and singing mainly. I’ve been doing those the longest. I’m known for songwriting, guitar, and singing by my friends and family. Maybe more people someday in the near future? I’m most proud of all my released music. Like any artist, I can be critical of myself but I’m proud that I don’t cut corners on my songs and productions. Everything you hear in my music is honest for the moment I made it- through the good and bad songs. I’m not afraid of making progress in front of people and not being the ‘complete-package’ (musically speaking) right away. I look back at older songs and cringe sometimes but I’m proud of how those songs brought me to where I am now.
Ten years on, I could be saying the exact same thing about the songs I made in 2020 and I’d be okay with that. All part of the learning process. I don’t know what sets me apart from others. I’m letting the songs and music speak to that. I don’t believe it’s completely up to me. I can only influence my individuality by being myself. In a greater sense, it falls on those who connect with my music to eventually come to a consensus on the reasons my music speaks to people. Personally, I feel that my passion has always shined through all things I do and has been a driving force in my life. As well, I’m a fairly serious person. I promise I love to laugh too though! I’m also a proud Christian. In my eyes, these traits set me apart from others.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Everyone’s on their own journey. Everyone’s going to have a different story of how they got here and there. Accept your journey and take it head on. It’s going to be YOUR story you’re telling one day, not Paul McCartney’s or Taylor Swift’s. Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s incredibly cliche but I think it’s a deep issue that is hard for many to course through, myself included.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.colesupple.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cole_the_guitar_guy/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cole-Supple-191260745090944/
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/colesupple
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Colecubes2000
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3xjdPowdBrmaRoPH17dTJw?si=kk65Sum5RrW9TFq-PR6Dzw