Of the track, Cooper shares that: “The song came from a pattern of isolation being broken by the warmest affect, a short walk up the mountain for sunrise, an intense moment of clarity that doesn’t make a lot of sense on paper, and a book about the theory of programming war drones. A framework on how artificially intelligent drones decide which targets to kill or spare? What a nightmare. I choose one person to love, and then I pretend the rest don’t exist.”
Since dropping his former JaysWays moniker and relocating from his home studio in Sydney to North America, Cooper has released a steady stream of singles including ‘Say Something‘, ‘Shallow Anthem‘, ‘Irrelevant‘ and more, in anticipation of his debut EP, Interim. Previous singles have received playlist additions across triple j Unearthed and Spotify’s Best New Music of 2017, alongside support from Pilerats, Purple Sneakers, FBi Radio and more.
Like most recent single, ‘LITE RANE (feat. Selasie Wussah)’, ‘21 Personnel’ delves further into Cooper’s bleary-eyed alternative R&B. Full of hallucinatory instrumentation and late night textures, it’s music that exists in the spaces in-between, coloured by meditative walks through empty city streets and endless lonely hours in the studio. Having spent the better part of his life since age 14 quietly exploring his own artistry, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with others, Jay Cooper is now readying himself for his own moment of clarity.
Now based between Los Angeles and Vancouver, Cooper continues to grow as a producer and creative director by maintaining a fiercely collaborative work ethic, working alongside rapper Common and Grammy Award-winning artist Robert Glasper on the comic soundtrack CASTER, and touring Europe alongside fellow More Than Enough artist Annahstasia in support of Lenny Kravitz for his Raise Vibration tour.