I had the opportunity to conduct a phone interview with the up and coming band CO-OP. The five members, including Dash Cooper (son of local legend Alice Cooper), were all very enjoyable to talk to and had a good attitude. There were funny responses to the questions, but altogether when we got serious I found out a little more about them. Here are the questions and answers:
Q: How did you form CO-OP?
A: Before Co-Op, we [Dash Cooper and Mark Savale] were in a band called Runaway Phoenix. About 2 years ago, they added Court Stumpf, Justin Swartzentruber, and finally Kolby Peoples. Kolby was the sound engineer for the band and with hard work he became the rhythm guitarist for CO-OP.
Q: Do you guys all get along or do you disagree on a lot of things?
A: *laughter* We fight just like everyone else, but it’s nice to have similar taste in music. A big influence on us is AC/DC. And Court’s favorite is Kanye West (Just Kidding). We always make sure to put our friendship first before our music.
Q: How do you make final decisions in your music?
A: NAKED ARM WRESTLING!!!! No, but really. We just test out everyone’s ideas and go with whatever sounds the best.
Q: Who does the main songwriting?
A: The process is different for each song. We will start with some improv and if it sounds good we write it down. Each person writes for their own part.
Q: What has been your favorite place to perform so far?
A: Talking Stick Arena!
[me: you guys haven’t played the show yet! You’re predicting it’ll be your favorite place?]
A: Yes!! But one place we really liked performing is the Rock Bar.
Q: What would be your ideal place to perform?
A: [Each person had a different anwer]: Red Rock, Madison Square Garden, Disneyland!!!!
Interviewing CO-OP was a very fun experience. They all had very positive energy and have a lot of excitement for all the upcoming events. CO-OP has their EP available online now for FREE HERE: http://www.co-opband.com/#!music/c10tw
Their full album is expected to be released January 2016.
Like Their Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/coopband/
Co-Op is performing tomorrow, Saturday, December 19 at US Airways Center. Tickets are available for purchase HERE: https://t.e2ma.net/webview/jw3yj/55218cb30eae38951de16a296f6dd73e
General Admission – $25 per guest GA Includes Access to all general seating and dining areas in Alice Cooperstown. Live Music Provided by Phoenix resident and local radio DJ, Pete Cummings and the Pete Cummings Band. Also featuring, Dash Cooper (Alice’s son) and his band CO-OP, the Alice Cooper’s “Proof is in the Pudding” 2015 winners Analog Outlaws, Keli Rutledge and a very special guest. Passes will be available the night of the show online.
If you purchase an advanced ticket online, you will be GUARANTEED entry!! Your purchase will get you on the list for entry. See the “Box Office” at the front gate after 8pm with your ID to get your wristband.
OR Call 602-522-9200 A Little Taste of Christmas Pudding $350 INCLUDES: *Ticket to Motley Crue/Alice Cooper Concert at Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center) in either section 114 or 102 *After Party at Cooper’stown (music will start at 8:00 pm, official start time is approximately 10:30 pm for Alice’s arrival) *Private seating section with great view of bands *Food buffet, server and soft drinks *2 well drink tickets * Signed picture of Coop (& a few more surprises) All for $350 ($100 of this price will be tax deductible). See a great concert AND Make an everlasting difference in the lives of teens! Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center) 201 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 *If you would like to attend just the concert, tickets are available through our office for $126–no other fees added. Call 602-522-9200