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What I Learned at Bandcamp: CooBee Coo

CooBee Coo

Artwork by Parker Lee Jones

Although the band started as an accident, CooBee Coo makes music as if it were its destiny. The duo, comprised of  K.C. Barras and Jesse Morrison, released its first album Melodies from the Farm in 2012, just two years after the men opened Studio at the Farm together. The recording studio has worked with some of AZ’s finest musicians, including What Laura Says, Wooden Indian and The Technicolors.

At times, the music of CooBee Coo reminds me of Arcade Fire, other times The Black Keys. In my opinion, all good things. The album can be purchased through Bandcamp on vinyl for $14.99, and CD or digital for $7.99.

The Spec interviewed the band about its interesting name and plans for the future, read what the members had to say below…

Can you give us a little background on who you are?
We are two friends who opened Studio at the Farm in Gilbert, Ariz. during what most people would call a terrible time to open not only a business, but a recording studio business in 2010. We worked very hard to create a laid back studio environment for people from all over to track their original music. We knew starting a studio was not easy (especially in a place called Gilbert) and coming up with new ideas would be the hardest part to help artists understand that great albums and music are still created these days in a studio with great engineers and producers. You can record cool sounding material at home… but to make something amazing… there is a reason why some of the biggest bands and artists of today still work with producers and go into well-known studios for work.

We started our studio band, CooBee Coo as a project to record any way we felt. Our first album, Melodies From The Farm, was actually an accident until we realized that releasing a record on vinyl, cd and digital would be something cool for people to hear out of Studio At The Farm. For the studio recordings… we are a two-man outfit performing, engineering, writing, producing, and mixing all the tracks. Everything you hear on the record is a real sound or tone we performed. There is absolutely no autotune or intense sample libraries on the record. It can get rather time consuming making a record, but we love what we do and see the benefits in working on our own music to gain more knowledge and skills for future artists that come out to Studio At The Farm.

How long have you been making music?
CooBee Coo releases its debut album in 2012 and are working on the second to be released before the end of 2013

Who/what are your influences?
So many, can we just list the ones who are not? Creed, Nickleback, Puddle of Mudd. Sorry if that’s too negative.

How did you come up with your name?
It’s a saying around the studio when someone throws out an idea for a track and you aren’t sure what you think about it… “oh, that… Could Be Cool.” Years of laziness in speech evolved into “CooBee Coo.”

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Next album with big plans for a large release in AZ. We will be making a featurette/film based on our entire next album called “Gorilla,” keep an eye and ear out.

What do you like about recording at The Farm?
The studio is very laid back and the environment has been known to help local musicians creatively with a relaxed vibe.

What inspires your music?
The ability to get lost in sounds, lyrics and melodies. It is a true escape that is more pure than any other we can think of.

Why do you make music?
When an idea forms, the one thing you have to think about as an artist is… is this going to be worth all the producing and time I am going to put into it? When it’s all said and mixed, the feeling you get from hearing back what you were imagining is a great feeling. It’s also the only thing we are good at… ha:)

Anything you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Check out www.studioatthefarm.com and send us a message if you are interested in tracking or working on something great in the studio. As for the two-man band CooBee Coo… we hope you enjoy the tunes. For this second upcoming album, be much more ready to shake your groove thang and dance… if you’re into that sort of thing.

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