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INTERVIEW: CoCo O’Connor

Hi CoCo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Very well, thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “This Ol War”?

Sure. I had the title of the song in my head for awhile and thought “This Old War” … that’d be a good title for a song. So one afternoon in Nashville, I got together with my friend , Maggie Becker (aka Margaret Becker) for a writing session and I told her about this title and she said she liked that, and wanted to see if we could do anything with that idea. As we started talking about subject matter, stories, experiences etc. the writing session turned into more of psychotherapy session. From my experience those writing sessions or I should say therapy sessions are what gives you the best songs.

At it’s core, it’s a song that’s inspired by the fighting that goes on in a relationship. It’s addressing how the fighting in relationships can seem like you’re just going around the same old mountain again. It includes all relationships & the “wars” we have in them … parents and children, husbands & wives, friends , lovers, even the war between ourselves and our Creator.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Not one particular event. I think I write it more out of frustration and being just worn out by all the fight. It may be a different subject but it’s the same old fight when you get down to it. I think that even though this song is written from a very personal standpoint… I believe many , many people can relate and are feeling this way based on the way the world and our country is in it’s current state and crisis.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, we will be working with Joshua Britt and Neighborhoods Apart Productions. They did Jason Isbell’s “If We Were Vampires” video and their work is really amazing. I am really fortunate and excited to work with them.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was long… I’d say it took me close or possibly over a year to write the songs and record them. We recorded it at Parker Cason’s, my producer’s, studio , Creative Workshop in Berry Hill , TN. This studio has amazing history and it makes you approach your record like they would’ve back in ’70’s. You take your time, let the songs breathe, and you don’t rush.

I won’t lie and say that it was easy for me to take so long to make a record. I had exercise patience and keep reminding myself that all great works of art take time.

What role did Nashville play in the writing of this album?

I would say that it played the role it’s always played for me… I usually get inspiration when I am in Santa Fe, NM. I have place out there up on a mountain and for years that mountain has been giving me songs… and it still does. The ideas for songs most always when I am away from here ( Nashville) . However, I bring those ideas or half written songs back to “Music City” and then the crafting begins.

What made you want to seek “revenge” with this record towards the industry?

Ha.Ha. Them’s fightin’ words…. well, I don’t think it was revenge I was after at least not conscientiously. I was after just making a record that was really , truly , “me”. So many times and because of the nature of business , the industry pushes you in certain directions which is their direction and what’s best for them. But that direction may not be where the artist needs to go. Or what I always find is they ( the industry) gets a hit with an artist that’s just outside the box enough and then they want to get clones of that success. I understand that formula but I have my own voice and I want to express it.

What was the approach you were after?

This is the first record I can honestly say that I feel like is a “CoCo O’Connor” record from start to finish. My producer, Parker allowed me to make the record I wanted to make. A record that represented me as an artist. But I will say that It’s very scary to even say that cause the success or the failure…well, I can’t blame anyone but myself.

How’s your new album coming along?

New record??? Dear Lord, this record was a bit of a “war” to make ( no pun intended) . Actually I am working on songs… and I have ideas for a new record. I tend to always be writing and constantly putting ideas down.

Any tentative release date or title in mind? “Days Like These”, and a date, well, that depends. I’ve learned to let the music and songs decide the timeline.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, I will be going out to select markets focusing on the east coast, some midwest dates, and back and forth between Knoxville to Raleigh. My daughter’s granny lives near Raleigh so my 3 year old gets “Nana” time while me and my husband ( who plays keys with me) get to be “rockstars”, ha, ha.

What else is happening next in CoCo O’Connor’s world?

Well, I don’t know if you knew that I raised wolves with my husband. With high content wolf hybrids you have to bottle feed them so they bond with you. For 16 years, we lived with 2 wolf hybrids and by the way, I have the pics to prove it. A couple of years ago the white arctic male , “Titus” got into some poison and passed away and the female, Seluh (which means first woman in Cherokee) simply disappeared. Wolves mate for life and when Titus left, she left too probably from the grief. So, I am going to be raising awareness for wolves at my live shows and doing a Pledge campaign where a portion of the proceeds will be going to an organization such as Defenders of Wildlife or Wild Spirit Wolf Rescue. Still working out the details but I am passionate about raising awareness about wolves and the balance they bring to our environment.

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