Summer Session Week 2 – Working on My Soul | SOSstudio

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This week’s offering, the second in our current session, comes from actor, musician and Songs on Sunday collaborator, Dan Cooper.

As always all of the tracks you hear are recorded by a network of musicians who have professional recording studios and are a part of

SOS: What were your main influences for writing this song?
DC: I had been listening to a lot of Justin Townes Earle when I wrote this.  I like his often simple melodies, uncomplicated structures and the real ‘live’ sounding production of his records.  It made me want to do something similar.

SOS: Has this idea been in your head for a while or did you think it up especially for SOS? 
DC: I first thought up the idea about a year ago and in the time since then it has taken on a few different forms. I had demoed is a few times myself before putting up for Songs on Sunday just to see what I could do with it.  I was very excited to get input from some great musicians.

SOS: Given that this is a collaboration were there any surprises with the final production from how you envisioned it?
DC: The song does actually sound quite different to how I imagined it when I wrote it, but I love it. Having fresh sets of ears and eyes on a song sometimes throws up some wonderful creations, things I would never have thought of. The song is totally true to my original idea and the tone I wanted but it has been taken in a direction I don’t think I would have found on my own.

SOS: Describe your experience of making music with people who are not even in the same room as you?
DC: I find it extremely fulfilling.  It is certainly a very different experience to working in the same studio but it is such a convenient way to work and the end result has the potential to be so much richer than if I had recorded this in a studio.  For me to have got all these musicians in one place at the same time would have been incredibly difficult, not to mention expensive.  I also enjoy the anticipation of waiting for each new track that people contribute to see what they come up with.

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