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Conversations with Cooper Walker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cooper Walker.

Hi Cooper, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up listening to ’60s music and fell in love with the records of Motown and the British Invasion groups at an early age. I picked up guitar around 12 and started playing in bars and open mics around LA. Since then, I’ve played with different local and touring artists, written and released my new record Piñata and started my own production service called Flew the Coop Records.

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?
No road is smooth, but if you have air in the tank and gas in the tires… you’ll explode into space! I don’t think anyone’s is easy but the hardest thing about being a musician might be monetizing – there is a lot of innovation in our field but that comes with its fair share of volatility and outside a small few, I would say it’s fairly difficult to apply yourself but then again when hasn’t it been? It’s a way of filtering out anyone who doesn’t truly love what they do and who is willing to go through hell to do it!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a musician, I started with guitar and learned to play piano, sing, play bass… I learned to love the less glorified roles in an ensemble and that opened me up to the beauty of composing and arrangement. I love helping people bring their music to life and have been blessed with the opportunity to do that consistently for the past couple of years. What I’ve been told by clients and what I’m most proud of is that I genuinely care about music that comes from a real place and work hard to honor the vision and integrity of the artist.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
Luck is when opportunity meets ability – I don’t believe in a make it or break it moment for artists or people, I think their value or influence comes from the entirety of their contributions over time, even if it takes years to be borne out or understood. Art exists apart from the rest of the world, somehow influences us across space and time… it is woven into the fabric of experience and is a language understood by the soul, even if language fails to explain it.

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