After listening to Kolby Cooper for the first time, we only wanted to hear MORE~ Now it’s time we learn more about the guy behind the music…
Cooper released his debut single “Every Single Kiss” from the EP titled “Vol. 1” this past November, and the single has already racked up over 55K streams on Spotify! With strong vocals and lyrics that will shoot “to hit you straight in the gut and heart”, this young Palestine, Texas native has a lot to share with just a handful of songs; and after getting to know him a little more, we can tell Cooper is only getting started! We are loving his sound and style, and his range of influences from alternative bands to classic country are apparent in his tunes. Y’all meet Kolby Cooper!
Texas Music Pickers: Let’s go ahead and get this one out of the way, how old are you?
Kolby Cooper: I’m 18 years old…although most people can’t believe it.
TMP: How long have you been playing and writing?
KC: I’ve been playing guitar since I was 11 and started writing songs not too long after!
TMP: Who would you describe as your musical influences?
KC: My musical influences come from a wide variety of places: some being country music legends like Waylon and Cash, and pretty much any Texas country artist I heard growing up, and others being bands like Blink-182 and Nirvana. I’ll listen to almost any music and find at least one thing that I really like about the artist or song!
TMP: How would you describe your style and sound?
KC: The style of music we play is a kind of modern Texas country, mixed with older Texas country. As far as our sound, we try to get a mix of rocking country with a little classic country.
TMP: We’re really digging the new EP! With this being your debut record, what are you hoping to accomplish with it? How have things been different since releasing it?
KC: With this being our first release, we are really just hoping that everyone can listen to it and find a song or two that they can relate to. We also hope that as many people as possible hear it just because we’re so proud of every song on it. Since releasing it’s been pretty cool because I’ve had people from places like New York, Florida and California message me telling me how much they love it, and I just think to myself it’s crazy – I’m just a kid from a town most have never heard of and I have people all over the United States listening to it!
TMP: With the EP being called, “Vol.1”, we assume that means that you’ve already got plans for the next one?
KC: Yes, we have plans to put out a Vol.2. We hope to get back in the studio this summer, but nothing is 100% yet!
TMP: What does it feel like seeing your debut single “Every Single Kiss” get such a great response on Spotify so far?
KC: Seeing our debut single doing so well on Spotify is absolutely awesome! When we were released it, we were hoping that we would eventually get to 1000 streams just like most people putting out music for the first time; and here we are just a few months later with over 50,000 streams…it’s like a dream come true honestly!
TMP: Two tracks that really stand out to us from the EP are “Take it from Hank” and “Would it be Wrong”. Can you provide us with some background on them?
KC: “Take It from Hank” was a song that our producer Phillip Mosley wrote and showed me the first time we went in the studio. I instantly fell in love with everything about it. I think it fits great on the EP.
“Would It be Wrong” was one of the first songs I wrote by myself. I wrote it around the time I was 16, I just got my license and was thinking “what if someone passed an old flame’s street, and wanted to just show up, but didn’t know if it was the right thing to do. I had the chorus for probably six months before I finally finished the song.
TMP: If you had to pick just one song from the album, which song are you the proudest of?
KC: That’s a tough choice. My two favorite are “Would It be Wrong” and “It Ain’t Me”, but I think in the end “It Ain’t Me” is the one I’m most proud of!
TMP: As of right now, what’s been your most memorable live show so far?
KC: The most memorable live show I’ve played so far was a festival for Stephen F. Austin University. It was a great crowd! They were all up by the stage and jammed to every song, even the originals no one had ever heard.
TMP: What does the rest of 2018 look like for Kolby Cooper?
KC: As of right now, the rest of 2018 is looking great. We look forward to playing as many shows as we can, meeting new people every day, and having as many people as we can hear our music!
We’ve been jamming to Cooper’s EP here at TMP and invite you to do the same! Check out “Vol.1” below.
You can also hear a few of our favorites from the EP, as well as, other great Texas/Red Dirt tunes here on our TMP Spotify Playlist!
Editorial contributor for Texas Music Pickers and a whole-hearted collector of Texas/Red Dirt tunes and the stories behind them. You can also find me on the dance floor.