After being blown away by his full band set in the Spiegeltent at TGE15, I had a chat with the recent Island Records signing, singer-songwriter JP Cooper about his new band, new album and upcoming summer festivals.
JP Cooper (Vocals/guitar), Adam Rust (Keys), Lenny Brown (Bass) and Sam Wade (Drums).
When did you start playing together?
About two weeks ago. I was playing with some different guys but it was hard to get them to commit as they were working on other projects so playing with this band is very new. We’re getting on really well. We just had 3 x 11 hour sessions to get ready for this show.
When did you start playing?
I was signed to Island Records about a year ago, and before that I was playing for about 3 years.
What was your road to TGE15?
It’s was just arranged through the label. Island Records are doing a showcase as part of the alt escape which I’m playing tomorrow with some of my label mates. We drove down here from London to get to TGE15. It’s quite an easy drive really.
When was your last gig?
The last gig was the end of a tour in February up in Scotland. Actually, I played a festival in Switzerland after that, but the Scotland gig was the last gig in the UK.
When is your next gig?
We’re off to Amsterdam on Saturday, and then we’ve got a UK tour lined up after that.
The last release was ‘When The Darkness Comes‘. We will be recording an album in June after we’ve finished the tour.
The next release is going to be an album. We’ve booked a house in the countryside just outside of Bath in June and we’re just going to go away and record for 3-4 weeks. We have a couple of gigs that month too but apart from that we will just be working on the album before the summer.
Anybody you’d like to see at TGE15?
Any festivals lined up for the summer?
We’re opening the main stage on Saturday at Latitude Festival. That will be really good. We’re playing at Barn On The Farm, British Summer Time in Hyde Park (on the same day as Taylor Swift), Boardmasters in Newquay and a few others.
For fans of…
Soul music (I personally think he sounds like a cross between Ben Howard and Lemar, which he laughed at and said he could go with!)
Favourite social network?
Twitter – Follow JP Cooper on @JPCooperMusic