In this Creator Conversation Q&A session, I speak with Chelsey Cope about her first LP album, Where Nobody Goes. Chelsey also shares what she’ll never do again in life, places to go in Oklahoma, and where nobody should go.
How do you describe yourself and your music?
“Once I discovered an emotional release in writing and playing music, that was sort of the answer for me. So I think mostly every song I’ve written has an attachment to what I was feeling the moment I sat down to write it.”Once I discovered an emotional release in writing and playing music, that was sort of the answer for me. So I think mostly every song I’ve written has an attachment to what I was feeling the moment I sat down to write it. I consider myself a very laid back gal who wants to laugh a lot. But you can definitely take notice that a lot of my songs are based around personal struggles.
What got you interested in creating music and sharing it with others?
I don’t think I ever once thought, “Hey I’m going to be like that person on TV whose music I love”. I really do believe music chose me, and I think it continues to choose me every day. I lean on it for a lot of support.
Who are some of your musical influences?
I grew up listening to a lot of 90’s country. As soon as I moved cities and was introduced to other things, I really found myself liking Tom Waits thanks to my stepfather. But a big influence when I was younger were artists like Jewel, Cat Power, Neil Young, Patti Smith and Joni Mitchell. I wouldn’t go as far to say they influence how I write, but they are things I enjoy listening to.
Use exactly seven words to describe your album, Where Nobody Goes.
Raw, Emotional, Heartfelt, Angry, Identifiable, Discovery, Growth.
What was the greatest challenge you overcame in making this album?
The time it took to finish. It takes a lot of work to finish a professional project when you’re a 20 something slinging drinks behind a bar. But I’m stubborn and I knew that if I was to be truly proud of this thing, I had to allow myself to experience hard work the hardest way I knew how.
Where should nobody go?
In my bag of Oreo’s! No but seriously, everyone should go where nobody goes. Just don’t let anyone else go there but yourself. We all have things that set us apart as individuals. I’m a firm believer in having a relationship with yourself that you don’t share with anyone. It’s where the pep talks, over analyzing, and the beautiful things hide to be born or to fizzle out.
Where should people go in Oklahoma?
I’m a huge lover of the outdoors. As much as I am a candidate for the arts, nothing makes me happier than visiting some of the beautiful places here a lot of people don’t know about! The Wichita mountains and Roman Nose State Park are two of my favorite places. I also love visiting the Ouachita Mountains. They’re only 3 hours away from the city and it creates such a surreal feeling of being in Oklahoma but feeling like you’re somewhere else.
What will you never again do in life?
Distrust my instincts. I’ve had a hard time trusting what I feel, and allowing that skepticism to interfere with an otherwise healthy relationship with myself and who I am as a person.
What are some of your favorite monsters?
Ludo from the Labyrinth! I even combined the love of that monster and the composer, Ludovico Einaudi, to name my pup.
Anything else you want to say or let people know?
Just that I really hope, if nothing else, people can find a part of themselves in at least one of these songs. It’s the most vulnerable amount of anything I’ve put out there in one thing. At the end of the day you just hope to feel a little more understood, and like what you put out there could help someone else feel a little more understood too.