ARTIST NAME: Gin Cooley

 

SONG TITLE: Unattainable

 

ALBUM TITLE: Gin

 

RELEASE DATE: 5/29/2020

 

GENRE: Indie/Dream Pop/Alternative/Lo-Fi/Angst-Pop/Neo-Soul/Experimental

 

 

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Gin Cooley is an American indie singer/songwriter. She’s also a former professional international fashion model and has worked in the high fashion markets of Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, China, and NYC.

 

She’s a remarkably multifaceted individual across the board. She’s a practicing psychotherapist and is getting her doctorate in applied psychology from Western Kentucky University.

 

 

As an artist, she has premiered and screened renditions of her musical works in collaboration with indie filmmaker Jeff Wyatt Wilson around the world, winning an award at the Canada International Film festival.

 

Gin’s musical style is lyrically empathetic, raw, experimental, and reflective of the dark, seductive synth vibes of Massive Attack, Portishead, and Lana Del Rey.

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

I’ve heard different things. I’ve heard things like dark, dreamy, chill, sultry…and sweet quite often.

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favourite.

I think each new song I create becomes my favourite until I make a new one. It must move me.

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Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance. 

I like so many… Wow… I’m open-minded.

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Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance. 

I think Russ is so great… Love Memphis OG rappers like Project Pat. I love Merle Haggard… Steve Earle… Billie Holiday… There’s so many I wouldn’t know where to start.

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason. 

I am not really a TV person. I used to be when I was a kid and they were cartoons. I guess I liked them because I could get lost in them…and they were funny.

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

Songwriting is impulsive for me… I guess it’s not my mood as much as my environment and that would be alone.

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Tell us your interpretation of success. 

Success is setting goals as they align with what I value and forming objectives that will help me accomplish those goals through workable action… then smashing them.

 

Success is living a life that is valuable and meaningful to me.

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Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance. 

I think every artist is unique and has something to offer, especially from other genres. I like it when two totally opposite genres marry. Something magical seems to happen when that occurs. It would be cool to work with Lorn. I think they are so super dope. I’m open-minded, so my answer is vague.

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time. 

I was super-nervous the first few times I was in the studio. The first studio I set foot in was Chris Unck’s personal studio at the 585 in Atlanta…back in like 2006 or 2007ish. We weren’t working on anything specific but were dating and he asked me to do a voiceover for Greg Hester and the James Brown Band. I was so terrified; I was shaking. He had to talk me through it and reassure me I was ok.

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Tell us how you approach songwriting. 

I don’t force it. I’ll usually get an idea randomly and will write it down or record it with my phone and then work on it later. Sometimes they only take me twenty minutes to write and come out great… sometimes I can’t manage to finish one I really think is cool and walk away from it altogether.

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Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound. 

I think it’s a fantastic idea and love it when this happens… I’m super-experimental anyways with music, so this is something I’m into and incorporate in most of my own music.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection. 

I’ve dealt with it my entire life and expect it. I acquired super thick skin as a model when I was working the high fashion circuit overseas and in NYC, so I’m not hurt by it. I embrace it… I am my own worst critic. No one can reject me more than I reject myself. When I started getting feedback on my music, I was so appreciative for the good and bad.

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

I am compelled by emotion I suppose… and pressure…kind of like I’m a pressure cooker and when I sing, I let off steam.

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Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.

I have never experienced analog recording. I think we are all extremely fortunate to live in a digital era.

 

However, we may become lazy when it comes to mastering our crafts. We can just tweak it artificially if it’s not perfect.

 

Analog does not give you that option. So, I see both sides. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

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Tell us how you record your vocals. 

In a vocal booth…usually standing up…next to a piano.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording. 

Pro Tools.

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Discuss the selling of CDs and the selling of digital files through digital stores. 

I have never sold a CD. I admire the artists who came before me who did, especially West Memphis rappers 3-6 Mafia and Project Pat who came from nothing and made it so big by selling their own self-produced records/CDs. I think what they did was so incredibly powerful and inspiring.

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Elaborate on the song.

I was inspired to write “Unattainable” reflecting on my life when I was younger. I was such a heartbreaker and didn’t mean to be. I just didn’t want to be in a serious relationship. It scared me… the idea of doing anything forever did not interest me. I was totally a free spirit and commitment was not on my radar. I was proposed to, a few times… and said no… because my love was just “unattainable” at the time.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

Gin is what I went through as a model. It stuck with me and it’s now become my artist name.

 

I didn’t really want to name my album. I thought about it and didn’t feel it was necessary. So, I named it “Gin.”

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Share your opinion on this release.

I’m releasing the album on 5/29/20… It’s a compilation of some work tracks I’ve been sitting on for like 1-2 years… I figured I’d release them into the universe and give them away. There’s no reason for me to keep them.

 


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