Shane Cooper is known for fusion, working with jazz and electro music. When it comes to defining the jazz genre, he feels it is marketed as out of touch and disconnected from reality. It’s projected as highbrow, inaccessible and for older and wealthier people, which makes people shy away from going to jazz gigs. “If you look at the majority of jazz musicians in this country who have been creating original content, they are probably under the age of 40 or 30.
It is by no means a throw-back music,” says Cooper, who was awarded the 2013
Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Jazz. Cooper shies away from the term jazz, because he does not like to be defined as one type of artist. He wants people to listen and decide for themselves. As a musician who performs both in jazz and electro bands, his focus is on the love of different projects, where he gets to express himself in multiple ways.
“It’s important to me to keep inspired and keep stimulated, and I need
different things to do that. So part of that is studio work, and part of that sitting in a room producing behind a computer. I always refer to electronic music as the animation of the music world and jazz is like theatre. For me, I love being an
animator and being a thespian,” he says.
Cooper has just released an EP, Cards on Spokes, with tracks inspired by
the different states of transition that one can experience mentally, spiritually,