Rising star Matt Cooper’s musical journey is unique and separates him from many of his peers. Instead of the classic story of a three year old picking up a guitar and getting bitten by the musical bug, Cooper didn’t catch the fever until his college years. Cooper recalls falling in love with the art of songwriting and storytelling to the point where he couldn’t pull himself away from the pen and paper. Naturally, Cooper felt he had to give his dream a chance and started traveling to Nashville to hone in on his country pop sound, and to record music. Cooper, fresh off his single, “Ain’t Met Us Yet” is ready to make his name known throughout Nashville and beyond.
Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest influences would have to be Ed Sheeran. I love how honest he is. Definitely love Taylor Swift and Dan & Shay also, and the country elements they use in their music. All 3 of them are something that I try to integrate in my music.
When did you know that music was what you wanted to do with your life?
It really kind of came out of nowhere. I started writing my freshman year of college and just absolutely fell in love with it. I remember the first time I ever wrote a song, I was sitting in my college dorm one night and ended up writing 5 in like 2 hours. I just couldn’t stop.
Once you knew what was your first step towards making this dream a reality?
I took my first trip to Nashville last November and that was the first big move towards turning this dream into a reality. I recorded 5 songs with a full band and many of those songs are now released. It’s crazy to see just how much these songs came to life from where they were to where they are now
How would you describe your musical style?
This is a great question because It’s one that I’m trying to figure out myself. My brothers say that I remind them of a “country Ed Sheeran” haha. Which is definitely something I wouldn’t mind. I think personally, I love mixing some folk and hip hop elements with that country pop sound.
You’ve blown up on tiktok, was tiktok easy for you to embrace or were you reluctant at first?
I knew that Tiktok was so important to be a part of because I kept seeing all of these other artists get discovered on it. So from the first song I released, I went all out on Tiktok and started posting every single day, 3 or 4 times a day. It has been a huge asset for me when it comes to promoting my songs.
What’s the story behind your new song “Ain’t Met Us Yet”?
Everyone asks this question, and the simple answer is that I just wanted to write a song that brought back all the old school fairytale love stories we grew up with and put them in a perfect wedding song. I have a tendency to write a lot of wedding songs. The funny thing is that I actually had a completely different song written before I wrote “Ain’t Met Us Yet” and my producer, Skyler Taylor, actually ended up suggesting that I rewrite the entire thing which has now become “Ain’t Met Us Yet.”
What’s next for you?
There are a lot of things I’m working on at the moment. We just released a virtual single experience for “Ain’t Met Us Yet.” I have an EP coming out very soon as well as some more songs in the works. I can’t say much but I can say that you’ll be seeing a few different sides of me in the next few months, which I’m really excited for.
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