Craig Cooney – Careful [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Inspiring , captivating and versatile

How many beats do you listen to before you end up using one? Tell us a few things about your creative process.

It varies from track to track and project to project . Some days I could sift through dozens of beats and get nothing, other days I could pick 1 beat and instantly get a vibe off it , I generally freestyle over beats to see what sounds , flows and melodies sound good and then I’ll build from that . My daily life has a massive influence on what I’ll write about too, that energy then gets passed to the page, I feel it’s real good for the mind , I love writing when I feel a strong emotion (happy, angry, sad , love etc) because I know everyone is human and we all feel emotion , it’s a great way to connect with the listener.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I’d say my most personal song I wrote was coming home , I was at a very trying point in my life and felt like giving up . My partner who is extremely supportive told me to try and sing on a track instead , it was such a vulnerable track for me and I was brutally honest in it . I’m not the best singer but the passion really shines through in the track and you can really hear the uncertainty coming through the lyrics.

I’m a very honest writer so I couldn’t really fixate it on one lyric I’ve written but my top 3 would be:

  • They call it present because this moments a gift .
  • I used to care how they felt about me but then I opening up my eyes and I see
  • Reals about raising your girl to be queen and raising your sons to be kings.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Favourite rapper would be Aitch. He has fun with it , and has some crazy flows and word play.

Favourite lyricist would be Dermot Kennedy , he’s incredibly descriptive with his words and you can feel every line he says.

Favourite producer for me , I’d have to keep it close to home and say Chris Kabs , the man is genuinely a genius , if you listen to any tracks from his massive catalogue the level is incredible , he has an incredible eye for details and really makes sure every production matches the songwriting

Trap music came to rule the world, but at the moment the genre feels stagnant. What does the future hold for hip hop in general?

Music is like fashion , it changes with seasons and always evolves , right now drill is massive , I do see this changing , there are so many sub genres in music and it’s really hard to put your finger on one and say, once artists are being authentic and do what they love then they will excel further that they’ve ever imagined

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I’d imagine people would listen to my music , when they need that kick of motivation to inspire them to do something and make a change , I write music for myself but it’s massively impacted a lot of people I’m so grateful for that , I’m only human though and like anyone I have my struggles, I put my thoughts , plans and pain on paper and that’s what I enjoy about it

Should we expect an album in the near future?

Further down the line I will definitely work on an album , I will be working in my debut E.P very very soon , I want to showcase what I can do as an artist and after that I can really see me working on an album as I grow as and artist

Thank you!

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