About Colin Cooper

Colin is an aspiring writer and musician in Grand Rapids, MI. He is lanky, bald, and excitable.

MCM #5

Yep, it’s Monday again.

The chops are coming along nicely, however I wanted to share a few other things in this post that are probably more important.

Thing One: Check out my new artist bio in the ‘About Me’ section.

Thing Two: For anyone working on a project, a life change, or even just a small resolution (the smallest ones are the hardestDanielle Laporte is a great inspiration and web mentor. I’ve been reading her work for a couple of months and I highly recommend it. Here is one of my favorite posts she’s done so far.

Alright, that wraps things up. Enjoy, and feel free to let me know what you think of the site so far. More news on the EP to come.

MCM 4

I’ve had about three total hours of sleep in the past thirty-six. Can you tell?

 

Getting fired up for a webinar with Brian Thompson from Thorny Bleeder Records tonight. Should be a good time. For any musicians out there, his daily newsletter and podcast are a constant source of insight and ideas.

New blog post coming later this week. Be ready.

MCM #3 (Mutton Chop Tuesday?)

Mutton Chops Galore

Well, for anyone who was worried, I did indeed miss Mutton Chop Monday this week, but I’m going to make it up with Mutton Chop Tuesday!

The past week has been a little out of hand, but I believe things are starting to settle down again, so expect to see some more content before too long.. Specifically, I’m hoping to get some video up for your amusement.

DIY or Die Trying

I was indulging in a little hard-earned facebook time the other day when something caught my eye. The frontman for a fairly well-known band was thanking his fans for their support of his solo album, ending in the words “DIY or DIE.” 

Camaraderie. Is that the feeling?

The past decade has seen its share of bizarre and, perhaps, jarring events within the music industry. Suddenly, the copies sold aren’t be the point. Musicians that don’t go multi-platinum aren’t even making money from record sales.

(Even if they are, most of it is going back to labels to repay absurd loans.)

Suddenly, merchandise matters. Branding matters. The things you can do on your own are important.Your website, your attitude, your direct connection to your fans is your lifeblood.

As an artist you are presented with a choice. You can sign away your art for someone else to (likely fail to) sell. Or you can give it away and let fans name their price, hoping and believing that somebody will like it enough to come see you play, buy your t shirt, follow you online.

Earlier this week I bought some new boots. They are the same as my old boots, the ones that carried me through the Snowpocalypse of 2011, the ones I stomped to pieces on stage with Micoan.

They are also different; they are new. The scuffs will fall on new places; the weathering will change. They will see me through new struggles and new accomplishments.

This project is different; it is as new to me as these shiny boots. It is about telling stories, stretching myself, and trying things I haven’t before. It is about building relationships with other artists and, more importantly, with people who want to hear more.

Thank you for a being a part of this process. If you’d like to stay up to date on what I’m doing, it’s as simple as clicking the subscribe button at the bottom of the page or throwing  me a “like” over on facebook. The one thing I can promise is that there is a lot in store, and I’m excited to share it with you.

-Colin

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