THE terrific Cooper Phillip…
has been chatting about her latest single, Speak in Tongues, and what it was like filming its video. She talks about moving from Russia to the U.S. and what she has planned coming up; whether there are any tour dates approaching – I ask whether she will come to the U.K. and play here at all.
Cooper Phillip recommends some artists to watch and tells me what she does away from music; if she has any goals before the end of 2018; the three albums that are most important to her – she provides some good advice for aspiring musicians.
Hi, Cooper. How are you? How has your week been?
Hey. This week has been super-busy with studio sessions, interviews and getting ready to leave for my European tour.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
Hello. I’m Cooper Phillip. I’m from Russia, with love, originally. When I was nineteen, I came out to New York by myself with nothing more than hope and a dream to be a star. I moved to Los Angeles two years after and have never looked back.
Speak in Tongues is your new track. Is there a story behind the track?
I always wanted to talk about a love that has no drama and no limitations: a perfect love. The track made me feel something of perfection and took me to a different dimension - and then a song was written in forty-five mins. Sometimes it’s just magical like that!
What was it like filming the video? Was it a fun shoot?
Filming the video was super-exciting for me. I got a chance to produce it and work with an incredible team. Also, a friend of mine - who’s a contemporary ballet dancer and choreographer ,- Olga Ssokolova was in it improvising. She co-choreographed the dance from the famous Chandelier by Sia.
You started life in a small Russian town but are now based in L.A. Is it a big culture shift moving to Los Angeles?!
Initially, it was New York and, of course, it was! Whether I was coming from a small town in Russia or a small town in Montana, the hustle and bustle of New York is a shock to the system. It was a shock well received, though; it energized and excited me. I felt truly alive for the first time walking the streets of New York; taking in all the people and the sites. Then, when I got to L.A., it was a similar feeling but came at me a completely different way. New York made me feel alive: L.A. is my home and I love it here.
In terms of musical influences; which artists are most important to you?
My passion for singing came from the first time I heard Mariah Carey - she is one of my biggest inspirations. Whitney is my queen and I absolutely love Beyoncé.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
I’m going on my first European tour and I’m so excited to perform my music in front of a new audience. I am really looking for to connecting with the European crowd!
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
Absolutely! I performed in front of 30,000 people in the Jersey for a NBA game. It was so epic. I will never forget it!
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
21 by Adele
I absolutely love the songs.
Lemonade by Beyoncé
This is the next level of Beyoncé.
Whitney by Whitney Houston
This is the classic album: it is where everything stared.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Bruno Mars. He’s just perfect.
Can we see you tour soon? Where are you playing?
Yes. I’m going to Russia, Ukraine; the U.K., Latvia; Cyprus and Israel in October. I always post everything on my Instagram (smiles).
Might you come to the U.K. and play soon?
Please refer to my previous answer. Ha. I’ll be in London next month on October 18th and 20th. I’m playing at the Rat Bar. Very excited to be there!
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
It is so important to stay true to yourself. This is a hard, complex business and the chances of success are small. Perseverance is the key in anything, but especially music. And, the reason I say be true to yourself is because, if I’m going to make it or fail, it’ll be on my terms. No questions or what ifs to ask!
IN THIS PHOTO: Candice Boyd
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
HA! But, seriously, ha, music is a full-time thing. It’s like owning your own business; you are always thinking about it and or working on some aspect of it. Your mind is never off. I do have some moments, most of which are spent doing yoga; getting a massage or traveling. Although, traveling is part of the job, it is also a huge release and a necessity in my life.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Mariah Carey - Vision of Love
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