INTERVIEW WITH JEIRIS COOK
Updated: Dec 3, 2021
What was a childhood dream of yours?
I had a few childhood dreams lol. I wanted to be a pro football player and then as I got older, I decided I wanted to sing. I'm still singing so I suppose you could say I'm living the dream. I come from a musical family and my earliest memories are of my mom and I singing together on long road trips. She really instilled in me a love of song that I found a way to nurture as I grew older. I am fortunate enough to be able to say I'm doing what I've always wanted to.
Who do you turn to when you need someone most?
My immediate family are my go to in times of need. My wife, father-in-law and sister-in-law help out a lot. This is especially true when it comes to family life, like helping with my boys. As a musician, I typically work nights and weekends and without that support system, it would definitely be a difficult journey. I am grateful for them all.
What was the first song you remember playing on repeat that made you want to get into music?
Good question. There were so many songs in my youth that I listened to on repeat. But the one song that really got me into music was Michael Jackon's "Thriller". I can't count how many times I played that record. When I was younger, every year at Halloween, my brothers and I would put on our costumes, and dance around the living room table to "Thriller". Michael Jackson had a huge influence on me musically.
Tell us a story that you laugh about with your friends to this day?
The best man at my wedding is really like a brother to me and we laugh all the time at the stupid things we used to do. I remember once we were walking through the mall (I was next to him) and I stopped to look at something. He kept walking, not realizing I'd stopped and a stranger had taken my place. He leaned in thinking it was me and whispered a few expletives into this woman's ear who he thought was me. And because he thought it was me, he held nothing back. The woman was mortified, so was he and I witnessed the whole thing a few feet away. The embarrassment on his face was priceless and I belly laughed for 15 minutes after! Definitely one of the top 3 funniest moments of my life! I was just talking with him about this just today actually.
What is your favorite part of the music industry?
My favorite part of the industry is the camaraderie I see among lots of indie artists. In most cases, we all lift each other up and support one another. I love how accessible music is now and how easily it can be distributed and heard by anyone globally. Technology makes it easy for anyone to record a song on the cheap and recording costs continue to fall. And social media makes it easier for indie artists to connect with influential people in a way that was never available before.
What's your least?
A career path in music is really like the wild west. It's littered with bad actors and as an indie artist you have to learn to find a way. It's who you know and while most industries are like this to a degree, it's more prevalent in music. I'd also like to see a more diverse menu of musical options on mainstream radio. They say 10 percent of artists sell 90 percent of the music we hear and the result ends up being a homogenous soup of sameness (for lack of a better term). I'd love to see that change.
What is a project you're working on right now? \
Right now I'm working on a new song entitled "Drunk" which should be released by next month. I'm also working on an album that is long overdue which will be released in the spring of next year. There will be something for everyone on this project, so stay tuned!
Where can fans find your music?
How do fans keep up with you?
Thank you for having me!
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