Des Wade
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Cookii

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2021

19

Jul

Cookii

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Cookii!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

It’s weird because I think my sound developed over a period of a few years that kind of went totally undocumented. About 4 or 5 years ago I started making music that at that point I thought would be “cookii” – while these songs weren’t a million miles away from what cookii ended up being they were a bit more PC music and kind of simple. It was almost like after making a few pinnacle songs like “coca-cola”, “holiday” and “little” I kind of changed trajectory and it turned into what it is today pretty naturally from there on.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

I kind of don’t get inspired by something specific most of the time. I think the thing that keeps me motivated and inspired is the idea of melding genres. I tend to start writing songs with a set genre in mind, for example: “our love” was originally titled “hardstyle type beat” and from that point forward I tried to shape it into my own pop not pop thing.

What can punters expect from a Cookii live show?

I haven’t played a show yet so I couldn’t be 100% sure but I’m in the process of getting the set together atm. I’m definitely going to try to make it as visually engaging as possible so will switch instruments and hopefully figure out some kind of set design cohesion. We’ll see though!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

I think I’ve been told multiple times from multiple different people the same phrase of “stop worrying about what’s to come just live in the moment” or something along those lines lol. Super cheesy but I definitely need to hear that sometimes cause I’m a serial overthinker and jump to negative conclusions relatively quickly so it’s always a nice reminder for me.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

'Made For Silence' by Miiesha, how could you not be happy listening to that beaaatttttt my goodness

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

'Wanna Be Held' by Juice Webster, such a beautiful song. It always makes me super emotional whenever I listen to it.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

'Cry' by Donatachi, biggest dang bop and what an insanely good cover. Iconic - forever obsessed.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

The last gig I went to was Purient just a couple months ago in between lockdowns. Such a good gig, she’s a great performer and the music’s so so dope. I've always had a soft spot for witchhouse and seeing the similarities even if unintentional come through her music is so cool. I loved every moment.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.

Some big local inspirations for me would be I’lls (RIP) and Lonelyspeck. I remember going to that last I’lls gig and just being SO sad that they weren’t going to continue with the group. Legendary people, legendary music. I’ve never really heard anything like Lonelyspeck before and still haven’t since. I’ve spoken to so many people about them and it’s seriously mind boggling that they’re not at the top of the charts right this second. Inevitably going to blow up one day soon though – we’ll just patiently wait.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Working really hard on music and this next rollout. I’m so excited by all the stuff that’s being planned behind the scenes at the moment. 2021 is definitely gonna be a big one for cookii as a project – can’t wait to share!!

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12

Jul

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

Music for me has always been an outlet, so I found that my sound developed alongside me as I grew up. When I was a younger kid I made alot of hype, in your face, aggressive music but that eventually morphed into a more nonchalant and melodic style.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

Experience. I tend to have huge 2-3 month periods where I don't write a single song, then all of a sudden in one week I'll make 5-6 releasable songs. I think that's because during those 2-3 months periods, I'm just living and soaking up everything that's going on around me, and eventually those experiences force themselves out and into my music. 

What can punters expect from a YNG Martyr live show?

Chaos. 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

It came from a book called Think and Grow Rich. "Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." I think about this quote alot, it's beautiful. It puts life into perspective, it shows that no matter how far that pendulum swings it always comes back the other way.

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What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

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What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

I went to Deadset Fest in Sydney at the Oxford Art Factory. I had a slot on the show alongside Nooky, Johnny from the burbs, BART XL and a heap of other crazy artists. The night was insane and Johnny had a cheese platter backstage for us which was perfect.

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World dominance (and to celebrate life as much as I can)

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( )

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What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

We often get inspired by other peoples music, there’s an amazing breadth of talent and creativity out there.

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What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

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When we started the band, we didn't want to pigeonhole ourselves. We all have so many different influences from prog to nu-metal, heavy rock and trap so from the start we set out to create music that was heavy, catchy and had a message to share.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

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What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

We have a tour that will be announced soon coming in early September and are playing Halloween Hysteria Festival on 23 October! We also have more new music to be released ahead of our EP 'Purgatory' dropping later in the year. But you can hear it before it's dropped by heading to a show!

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