DC Cooper Interview Page 5
By Bob Nalbandian
SW: With Silent Force, it's primarily you and Alex [guitarist] who do most the songwriting, correct?
DC: Yeah. But on this album, "Infatuator," there's a lot of input, I think there are five songs where we pretty much all wrote together in the rehearsal studio. I primarily write all the lyrics and melodies.
SW: I was quite impressed with your lyrics. With so many of the current power-metal bands, most the themes are so....let's just say typical of the metal cliches. But you obviously go a lot deeper than that lyrically, and also have great melodies. What influences your songwriting?
DC: With the "Infatuator" album, I tried to take each song individually and make them all separate since we wanted to make this album more song oriented. The first Silent Force album was more conceptual and was based upon one particular theme. And the solo album had a basic theme also. But I try to take each song individually and see what kind of feeling it gives me and I usually run with the first thing that pops into my head., I had a brother that was killed some years ago and I finally dealt with it for the first time on this new album. I didn't even realize I was writing lyrics about this on the song "Here Me Calling." I was really pleased with that song and the way it turned out. I kind of pride myself with getting into depth. I try to make sure that how I write the words isn't just from my point of view, I try to make it from a perspective that can be viewed by anybody. I love when people come up to me and say, "that song, it really meant something to me because I understand exactly what you're saying." And someone else will say something completely different about that same song, and that blows my mind. Then I tell them that song had actually nothing to do with what you're talking about, but I think that's great that people can interpret it in their own way. So I try not to make the songs one dimensional.
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