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This week’s track is the second this summer for Dan Cooper. He returns with a soulful ballad accompanied by a beautiful string arrangement.
SOS: What were your main influences for writing this song?
DC: When i wrote this song I had been listening to a lot of Sting! There are one or two shout outs to him and his style in the song. I guess, thematically, the song comes from the thought that I am always moving around and never really settling in one place. Just when I get to be comfortable with who I am or where I am, something happens to change what I think about my situation. The lyrics are not really autobiographical, it is more the over reaching tone which draws influence from my personal life.
SOS: Has this idea been in your head for a while or did you think it up especially for SOS?
DC: I actually did write this song a few years ago. I had not played it or listened to it in a long time and I had always wanted to have strings on the track. When I had the opportunity to bring that idea to life I jumped at the chance. I am really grateful for my friends, Matt, Charlie and Katie for playing the string part on the track.
SOS: Given that this is a collaboration, were there any surprises with the final production from how you envisioned it?
DC: Yes there were. Ben, the mixer for this week’s song, came up with some brilliant ideas, particularly for the 1st verse. It really gave the song a sense of development and drama
SOS: Describe your experience of making music with people who are not even in the same room as you?
DC: This is the the third song I have written for SOS now and each time I am even more impressed with how easy it is and how creative people’s ideas are. We have such a smooth process in place for producing these songs now that it is like second nature. I always get excited as the week goes on when different parts appear online and the song starts to take shape
SOS: Do you have a website where our audience may go to hear more of your music?
DC: You can follow me on twitter @sirdanielcooper and on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/dan-cooper . I also write a blog, which is more about what I do and see that what music I make but if you are bored you can stop by there! www.stuffwhativeseen.com