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G Cook - Interview 33

1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?

My name is Gavin Cook and that is also my rap name although I go by Cooker also as a persona in my music. I am from Indianapolis, Indiana born and raised.

2. What made you start making music? 

I've always been a very music oriented person my whole life even before I pursued creating my own. I'm very interested in poetry and, to me, rap has always been very poetic in lyrical ability. So from there I decided I wanted to put my own creative thoughts into music and showing a different side of rap to people who are used to traditional rap.

3. Who are your influences in rap or beyond? 

My main influence stems from rappers like Eminem, Kanye West, XXXtentacion, BROCKHAMPTON, Ski Mask The Slump God, Watsky, J.i.D, Amine, and Jarren Benton. But I'm influenced by more than rap. Alternative music, R&B, Old 60's Swing Music, Some Pop, and even folk music like Anderson East influence me artistically. Nirvana is a huge influence for anything I make with angst or a type of somber feeling.

4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?

I think there are some "underground" artists that are putting up the numbers but not getting any recognition they deserve. Whereas there are artists hitting the mainstream that are also being overlooked. Rap is evolving and there are too many arguments about whether it's good or bad but that's what it is, a steady evolution whether people like it or not. 

5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?

I have my new project, "S.O.U.L" slated to drop within February or March this year and I have an unnamed tape I'm working on also then, hopefully, by the end of the year my other project entitled, "Sincerely Yours," will be released towards the end of 2019.

6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be? 

My Mom. She's never really understood what I do, but she supports me no matter what and always manages to help me keep a level head and stay focused with all of my dreams and goals.

7. What is your process for recording music ? 

I like feeling the instrumental fully before I write. once I've heard the whole thing once or twice then I can write. The writing process usually starts with me writing down the first lines that come to mind and then adjusting or making them better after I've gotten a flow going. Then it usually takes me only 1 or 2 takes to get a verse recorded sometimes 3. And after the verses I work on a hook that fits the vibe of the song. Then mixing, mastering, editing and finally publishing.

8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for? 

My next project, "S.O.U.L", is something that should be definitely checked out. Previously with projects, I've told a story or had a whole meaning for the entire project. But this project is just me having fun and showing off my flow and wordplay.

9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper? 

I'm making music that speaks for me. And yeah, I get it, you can relate to another artists music or it speaks to you, but I'm letting people hear my thoughts and know that it's all from me. Plus there's nothing more fun than throwing on a beat and freestyling with your friends and turning that into a song.

10. What impact do you want to have on the world? 

I just want everyone to find love for themselves before they care about what others think. Nobody is perfect but the world can be such a good place if we learn to live. I am very supporting of mental health and I believe that though it cannot be cured, we can still help fight all mental illnesses from taking more lives than it already has.

11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying? 

I'm juggling being a student and an artist at the moment. But my ambition is to after college make a career and lifestyle out of my bodies of work. It's the only thing I've ever wanted in my life and I'm too far gone to turn around and become a lawyer or a doctor.

12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why? 

I'd have to say it's a three-way tie between Ski Mask The Slump God, XXXTentacion (R.I.P Long Live Jahseh), and J.i.D. They have something I don't think I have ever seen in rap before. Ski's flow is so unbeatable he could say simple lines and still make it hit hard. X had the diversity to make almost any type of music you can imagine, and J.i.D crafts words and uses scansion so well that even Eminem, the king of scansion, would be impressed by.

13. what does the music you create make you feel?

The music I create makes me feel emotionally lighter. I've treated the microphone as my therapist countless times and it helps me feel confident with myself, my thoughts, and my feelings. I feel like a better person every time I write a line or speak a word.

14. why is music so important and dear to your heart ?

It's all I've known my whole life. It got me through the bad days, the good days, and every moment since I could remember. I wouldn't be who I am today without other people's music and me being able to create my own music.

15. Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)? 

Keeping a level head and writing whenever I can. I've suffered writers block before but I've never let it get in the way of keeping my head clear and my mind open to new ideas. And whenever someone talks down on me or my music I brush it off. I'm open to honest criticism but I always take it with a grain of salt because some people just enjoy feeding off of giving others grief.

16. whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?

My lifelong friend, Woody and I worked for about 3 days straight on making music once and he produced most of the content and even hopped on a few tracks and it was probably one of the most enjoyable experiences I've ever had making music. And even though only 2 songs made the cut they are still some of my most played songs on SoundCloud. The song we collaborated on was entitled, "2017" and it was one of the first songs I ever put out. The other song that he produced for me is called, "Wavy" which is the outro to my first project, "Distant".

17. who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?

I have made every cover art for every project I've made except for my upcoming project, in which a friend of mine, Austin Showalter created for me with me giving him just a couple thought points for the project.

18. who makes most of your beats or production? 

I've had a few different producers for my songs. Woody and I being my main producers for the most part but one producer I've used the most lately is Ocean. He makes this sound that's so unique and, not to be conceited, I can't think of any other person but me to put my take on it. 

19. who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?

I would love to work with BROCKHAMPTON on a song or any form of music because that's 15 people to help perfect my sound and help make me a better artist all around.

20. who is one producer you wish to work with and why?

I would be ecstatic to have Kanye West, Timbaland, or Dr. Dre make an instrumental for me to rap or sing on because they have been some of the hardest hitting producers in my life and I have always admired each of their individual styles.

21 do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?

I don't have any shows coming up in the next couple of months because I have been focused on working on my new project. I will however have a show this summer at a local music festival in Indy.

22 for people who havent heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?

I make music for the inner nerd in me. I may not have the best lyrics or be able to sing like a legend but I speak what is true to me and from personal experiences. I speak for those who are too afraid to be themselves because they're worried about what society "requires".

23 at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?

Music is every thing to me. It's what motivates me, excites me, and intrigues me. I could sit and talk about music for hours. I'm not talking about anyone in particular but this is more than a paycheck for me, if I ever get a paycheck for it that is. This is what defines me from birth to now and will always be the one thing I am passionate about.

24 does your family support you with music?

Even though they may not fully understand what I want to do with my life they support me to an extent. My mom tries to keep things crystal clear with me and tell me that I need to stay realistic with my goals. She always says, "I believe you have talent but I just don't think you're gonna get famous from just focusing on rapping." I see where she has a point too, but why not keep stri

I make music for the inner nerd in me. I may not have the best lyrics or be able to sing like a legend but I speak what is true to me and from personal experiences. I speak for those who are too afraid to be themselves because they're worried about what society "requires".

25 at the end of the day when it comes to music we are in your world when listening to music by you...what type of vibe does your music bring ?

My music brings many vibes from different areas in my heart. While I can be very serious or emotional I have my romantic and upbeat moments. The title of my upcoming project, "S.O.U.L", stands for, "Sweet Oasis for Unfortunate Losers", and that's exactly the vibes I feel I give off. I try to keep it as real as possible but still keep a momentum to make people want to listen to the next track.

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