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Darrell Cooper

Performing Arts:
Location: Waswanipi


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Short description of your art.

Music has always been my inspiration at a young age. Hearing my family play inspired me to pick up an instrument. Didn't matter if I was tapping my feet or a pencil. It was something that has never stopped me from learning. It didn't take me long to figure out what instrument I wanted to play. I picked up a guitar and practice on my own time. Something about the sound and vibrations of different notes caught my ear and was able to learn with ease. Music will always be there whenever you need it.

Where did you learn your art?

Aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins. Was only in 2007 or 2008 that I went to Cambrian college in Ontario.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Everyone has a different style of play and sound. I'm searching for something no one has heard yet. Motivates me to write my own music and style.

Have you received any formal training?

Sounds abit like the second question. No real formal training. I've just been watching. Looking how they placed their fingers and the different sounds it made. Just went by ear most of the time.

What other art forms do you practice?

Anything with strings... bass, violin, cello, etc. Oh and piano was also something I learned pretty quick.

Have you ever received any awards or special recognition?

High school. Lol They gave me a vocal artist award. Never sang in high school and not even today. But I'm still going to hang on to that award. Ha ha!

Do you sell your work? If so, how?

No I don't. I just upload them on my Facebook page. Give them out for free so everyone can enjoy them. But I would if were to have more professional gear. But for now, I just work with what I have.

Has your art work ever been mentioned in any media?

Not that I know of. So no.