Five Questions With Odale Cooper

Toronto, ON-based audio-visual artist, Odale Cooper has teamed up with Toronto’s synth-pop wild card, Cat and the Queen to remix her track, “Blades of Grass”.

The remix is matched by the visuals of DOP Chris Sherry who captured footage of his own children (Max, Charlie, and Elsie) and edited by Kale Vandenbroek, bringing an essence of pure joy and love to the track.

Odale Cooper comments, “This song states its goals right away: STOP, PAUSE, BREATHE. If I could add one more statement to that list it would be DANCE. I am usually brought out of my gloom by something or someone that is wonderful, amazing and inspiring. So I set forth trying to make a sound that would give me reprieve from my darker thoughts. The essence of the song was so well captured by those kids’ faces. Mission accomplished.” 

Check out the remix of “Blades of Grass” below and find out more about Odale Cooper via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Odale Cooper here, I am a Toronto based audio-visual artist. I shoot film photographs, I play bass in a Rock n Roll band, remix Cat and the Queen songs and I’ve got a track coming out mid-July with Jo Ryder. I have been active in the Toronto music scene for a decade in various bands but haven’t been successful so I changed my name and decided to branch out and collaborate with some of my favorite local artists.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I like a wide range of music so I tend to approach each project with an open mind and see where it takes me. For Blades of Grass I was really channeling 90’s video game soundtracks but like if there was a club where Sonic the Hedgehog could get his boogie on while Luigi is being all emo in the corner and Zelda mixes potions behind the bar that makes you cry. But I also like Nine Inch Nails, Ella Fitzgerald, Broken Social Scene, Miles Davis, Slayer, John Prine, Talking Heads, Prince, Los Lobos and I’m a massive Charlie Chaplin and David Lynch fan so, yeah it depends.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Shows!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Maybe we will have some sort of stream when I’ve finished remixing a few more tunes. Maybe the world will heal itself. Then again, maybe things get worse.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Blades of Grass Remix. Literally the only song I have out under this name right now. I’m just starting out doing this producer thing so hopefully people like the song and I get to do more.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

NOBRO. I saw them at last year’s Exclaim Class of 2019 at the Horseshoe. Absolutely blew my socks off. Great live show, bangin’ tracks, so loud, so honest and so much freaking fun. Their music makes me want to drive with all the windows down eating Slim Jims and drinking Gatorade while waving wildly and yelling “Good day to you!” at everyone who passes. It makes me want to put on checkered vans and awkwardly try to start a solo circle pit with myself and pretend I’m 16 years old with my whole life ahead of me. Gosh, that would be nice.

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