Today on our Hot Seat we have a very talented artist Cooli Hi. Lets have a chat with him.
Twist Online : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
Cooli Hi : I started my professional career in a hip hop group called “The Associates”. We were mentored by Sisqo from Dru Hill and signed to RCA Records back in 2001. The group consisted of 4 members & out of the 4, I was chosen to rap on Sisqo’s 1st single from his sophomore album Return of Dragon. The name of the single is Can I Live (produced by Teddy Riley).
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Cooli Hi : I originally started off writing songs to other artists melodies when I was about 9 or 10 years old but what really pulled me in was The movie “Krush Groove” After seeing Krush Groove, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent project “The Glass House” ?
Cooli Hi : The Glass House is simply what’s going on in my head & emotions currently, with no chaser. I’m shooting straight from the hip.
Twist Online : Lead single of the album “SiGns” is something special. What’s the inspiration behind this track ?
Cooli Hi : The inspiration of SIGNS comes from the feeling I had when my father passed away from cancer back in 2011. When I was a young boy, my dad always told me that when he passes, if there’s anyway to give me a sign or signal that’s he’s okay on the other side, he would! When he died, I sat on the edge of my bed for several nights waiting for a sign.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received so far?
Cooli Hi : The response has been amazing! Almost everyone can relate because we all have had loved ones pass away. A lot of people cry when they hear it. Some say the song itself is a sign from their loved one. The song touches human emotions and that’s the goal of every song I write moving forward.
Twist Online : What’s the best part of being a music artist?
Cooli Hi : The best part about being an artist these days is having control of your own destiny. Labels aren’t a necessity anymore. An artist can create, release, market, promote however they choose but more importantly, they own their music. The flip side is the old Ben Parker saying, “With great power comes great responsibility!”
Twist Online : What attracts you more performing on stage or working in studios?
Cooli Hi : It’s hard to choose one. It’s almost like asking a parent which do they love more, their child as a baby or when they’re a young adult. It’s still your child. Just in different stages. I love going to the studio creating new music simply for the challenge of making something sound the way you hear it in your head. That’s difficult and rarely happens lol. Especially if you’re writing for someone else. The artist will always twist and turn when delivering your vision. It’s up to you to decide what’s the best fit. One the other hand, performing and connecting with an audience is something special. There’s nothing like the look in a fans eyes when you say something they relate to. The feeling is indescribable.
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve as a music artist?
Cooli Hi : After the release of my new EP I plan to start writing my book. I’ll drop singles here and there but my main objective will be to complete my novel.
Thanks for this opportunity