Our exclusive interview today with with the strange, always partying, innovative pop musician Sean Cooney. Welcome to Independent Music Promotions, Sean. Your music is quite eccentric. Please tell us about how “The Last Thing I Heard Before The Zombie Apocalypse” came to be.
“The Last Thing I Heard Before the Zombie Apocalypse” all came to me in a dream. I often have my most creative moments at inconvenient times. Like when I’m in the shower or driving. And then by the time I get around to the piano half of it’s all gone! haha…
I’ve had dreams about the zombie apocalypse since I was a child. I dreamt up a scenario of cruising down the road on a beautiful sunny day, windows down, blasting your roadtrip mixtape when you see it. The first zombie. You think its someone by the road who needs help until you realize that they are about to take a bite out of you!-
Anyways, to me this album is that ultimate summertime fun roadtrip playlist.
You definitely have your own image. Do you think artists need to think outside the box more?
Thanks! You know, I think in some ways it can be very beneficial for artists to think more outside the box, mostly how they approach life, challenges, and restrictive thoughts. I think as an independent artist, or any artist really, it important to think of all of the resources you have, think of where you need to improve, how to play to your strengths, where to invest time, energy and money, and where and when to find alternate routes. It may sound a bit broad, but I think everyone has so much potential within them, and it takes a lot of thinking outside the box to unlock that. But once you rise to that challenge everything gets really interesting…
As far as promotion goes, there is tons you can do online of course. Finding blogs that would be interested in your work, all the usual suspects (Youtube, Twitter, Facebook). I’ve gotten lots of great opportunities from TAXI and Sonicbids. A few thoughts though – #1: Your product better be great. I mean challenge yourself to make the best music you possibly can. Ask yourself ‘Why would someone listen to this over all the other great music? AND’ #2: at some stages, promotion might be more important than anything else, because it may lead you to the next door of opportunity and its easy to just want to do the art and hope that you will magically be discovered, in reality, that aint gonna happen. You gotta hustle your *ss off to reach people that care because the world is saturated with great music and media, and you need to make sure you get seen and heard.
Who in music do you most admire most and why?
I admire so many people in music. I admire musicians who have literally changed the world such as Louis Armstrong and David Bowie. I admire incredible producers such as Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Red One, J.R. Rotem. And great writing/creative talent of any genre- for example- Taylor Swift, Ryan Tedder, Ani DiFranco, Flo Rida, Irving Berlin, Ian Mackaye etc. Oh man this could go on forever! haha
Do you have any advice for aspiring independent musicians who may feel disillusioned or discouraged at times?
I think that this is a great time for independent musicians, because the world is at your fingertips. Recording technology is the most accessible it has ever been, and you can reach people everywhere.
How can music fans keep tabs on Sean Cooney?
Check out Sean’s creative and fantastic video for “Brooklyn” below!
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