Bio

Coop's career has taken him all over the world performing and exciting audiences in such countries as Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Hungary, Spain, Germany, Africa, Scandinavia, England, Austria, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Sweden and throughout the US and Canada. As a guitarist, vocalist, synth guitar advocate and fanatic, producer, author, teacher and now record label owner Coop has had the privilege to travel the world performing.

 

  In 1993 Coop was asked to head over to London England and launch the release of the Digitech 2101 guitar preamp with Steve Howe. Here they are together just before their performances held at one of the legendary studios in London where Clapton and Beck spent a bunch of time recording.

 

Coop has performed live on stage with Joe Walsh just before he was about to get back together with the Eagles. Here Coop is on stage with Joe at Music West. (photo courtesy of Peter Patrick). He's also shared the stage with the amazing Danny Gatton, ( he was one of America's great treasures that we lost in 1994), Brett Garsed, Jennifer Batten, bassist Rhonda Smith and guitarist Kat Dyson (Prince), the awesome tone meister, pick up designer Seymour Duncan, Michel Cusson (UZEB), drummers Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth/Joe Satriani), Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart/Jeff Beck), bassist Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report /Santana), Brooks Wackerman (Infectious Grooves), Pat Travers, and Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. He recently performed for two of Governor Arnold Swarzenegger's campaigns.

 

In 1996 Coop toured the UK as a special guest on Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Fender Clinic Tour and in 1997 he toured Turkey with drummer Dom Famularo where they did TV shows in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana, Ismir, and Antalyia for an audience of 120 million people on the Euro/Sky Network! In 1999 Coop played at EuroMusic Vienna, along with Uli Jon Roth and Milan Polak and others.

As an international guitar clinican and endorsee, Coop has shared the stage with Jan Ackerman, Paul Gilbert, Rick Derringer, Jennifer Batten, Adrian Legg, Tom Bresh, Buster B. Jones, Andy Timmons, Roy Ashen, and Rik Emmett, Tommy Emmanuel and many others. At the summer NAMM show in 2003 in got to play for guitar legend Les Paul. It was certainly a thrill for Coop. In2009 he performed at the All Star Guitar Night with Muriel Anderson, Will Ray, Stu Hamm, Tommy Emmanuel, Ben Lacy, Jay Roberts, Vicki Genfan, Pete Anderson, Seymour Duncan and others.

Coop received recognition by winning several awards as a guitarist and songwriter. He captured first place at the Hot Guitarist Contest at the 1994 NAMM show in Los Angeles / a finalist in the Fender Guitar Warz '89, '90 and Yamaha Guitar Warz '91. Early on he won two quarter finalist awards in the American Song Writers Festival for two of his original compositions.


 

In 1995 he released  "CoopDeVille: Shelter From The Storm" to rave reviews and response. It covers the rock / blues ground that he has travelled for many years. The recording features Peter Murray on bass and Jeff Salem on drums.  In 1997 Speaking In Other Tongues,   this time an eclectic fusion of rock, jazz, blues, worldbeat, and Coop's "Other World" guitar sounds and vocals. He was hungry to venture outside of his regular turf to write and play other styles that have been swimming in his head for a long time. He has continued to produce and release records, and in late 2009 he released his latest CD, Receiving & Transmitting.


 

Coop has also been providing many companies with his favorite presets that have appeared in: Digitech 2101 and the 2112; GNX series of modeling guitar floor pedalboards, TC Helicon VoiceLive, Powercore Tubifex and TC Thirty. He has appeared in several videos playing through Johnson  amps,  TC Electronic's G Major and TC Helicon's VoicePrism and the DVD on TC Electronic's G System. In 2007 and 2008 Coop finished several Digitech videos for the Vocalist Live 2, 4, the Vocalist Live Pro, and the Jam Man. Coop currently endorses Brian Moore Guitars, Bolt amps, Moollon pedals, V Picks, Joe Meek studio gear, Morpheus pedals, Studio Projects microphones,.

 

Coop is the author of 6 guitar instructional books, CDs and cassettes for the music publishing company, "MEoW" (Music Education Workshop). He made his start in Toronto, Canada and those books sold throughout the country. He ran a music lesson program and had over a thousand students go through his books.

 

 His books and jam along CDs, entitled "The Guitar Vocabulary Series", (Scale Vocabulary, Chord Vocabulary, Jazz Jam Along, Funk Jam Along) have sold successfully throughout 15 countries worldwide. Two of his books (Blues Jam Along and Hard Rock Jam Along book and CDs) later went to be published with Music Sales worldwide.

 

Here are a few selected CDs' Coop has played /or produced on:

  • Joey Curtin: Soundtrack for America (2008)
  • Patrick Curin: Unveiled (2007)
  • Joe's Conscience: Seppo Salminen's project 
  • Georgian Banov: Celebration- Live from Toronto (2000) 
  • Jeremy Sinnott : Warrior Bride; Catch the Fire 4
  • Ken Winton: Transformed ( double CD/ Live In California)
  • Dave Hunter Band : Live from River City
  • Philipino Philharmonic Orchestra: Heaven Is Open. This CD  is with a rock band, a choir and the orchestra. There is a DVD of the concert from Manilla, Philipines.
  • Brian Johnson Band: Freshwind04: Extreme Passion, Extreme Pursuit. A live CD, from Toronto, to an audience of 6,000 screaming people.  
  • Sallaberry: SambaSong and friends. Brazilian drummer, Sallaberry, recorded a jazz/ samba fusion CD entitled, SambaSong & Friends. (2006)
  • Compilation of Worship: Shine Like Stars. Coop co-produced this eclectic CD of several new songwriters... he also played several of the instruments on this recording.

Coop has previously studied guitar and music theory with:

Coop is featured in several music and guitar magazines throughout the world such as:

  • Canadian Musician
  • CMT  (Canadian Music Trade) 
  • Guitar & Bass (France)
  • Soundcheck (Germany)
  • Music Maker (Nederlands)
  • Proaudio Show (Spain)
  • Guitare & Clavier (France)
  • Music Shop (Argentina)
  • Planet Music (Austria) To name a few.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Coop wrote an article for Canadian Musician  back in June of '94 on nine very different guitarists entitled, Guitarmania: the gear, the gods, the gadgets... It's too long to include the entire piece but he's included one guitarist who has impacted him in a variety of ways: Mr. Danny Gatton. Here is a portion of this article:

 "As a guitar columnist for Canadian Musician, I've always liked to tap into what's happening with guitarists in Canada and around the world. I wanted to take tab on the state of guitar in 1994. It's 39 years since Elvis first came of the scene. The Fender Stratocaster is celebrating its 40 year anniversary (still one of the most enduring, sought after guitars even today) and Jimi Hendrix has been dead for 24 years; but still guitar music and guitarists are at the frontlines of music again more than ever. Tubes amplifiers are screaming again at full volume and guitarists now have a big desire to go back and search their roots to seek out all of their earlier influences, the pioneering guitarists who started it for so many of us...
 
Coop: When did you start playing guitar and how old were you when you started playing clubs? 

Danny Gatton: I first got started around nine years of age. I took lessons right away for about two years,  learning my theory and reading, stuff I've forgotten about now, though these lessons definitely kept me into playing guitar and started a foundation. By 12 I started playing by ear and by 14, I was into clubs playing guitar. Back then, they didn't care that you were so young; they just didn't serve you. At 13, I picked up a banjo and started learning that, too.

Coop: Who were your influences early on? 

Danny Gatton: Definitely Les Paul. The magic of his sound thrilled me and I tried to emulate his sound. Jazz, Country and bluegrass players always have had an influence on me. Billy Butler, Scotty Moore, James Burton, and Cliff Gallup and lots of other players.
 
Coop: What do you consider are your strong points when it comes to playing the guitar? 

Danny Gatton: My strong point is that I cover a lot of styles. I'm not a master of any one style but I've absorbed many different styles and it all comes out in my playing.

Coop: What would you like to improve in your playing?

Danny Gatton: I'd like to practice my technique again but I'm so busy these days that I don't have that kind of time. My technical chops were better years ago than they are today.

Coop: And what about rhythm playing?

Danny Gatton: It's important to learn as many styles as you can. I'd also say learning how to comp chords. It's interesting that you asked me that because I'm about to have my second instructional video released called Rhythm Guitar for the Lead Guitarist.

Coop: If you could have the ultimate dream band, who would be in it?

Danny Gatton: I'd have to say the players that played on my latest album: the baddest B3 player in the world, Joey DeFrancesco, Tim Beiry on drums and John Previti on bass and acoustic upright. The only other player, who didn't play on the album, would be saxophonist Bill Holloman.

Coop: Any advice guitar-wise or career-wise for the aspiring guitarist?

Danny Gatton: I love playing rhythm guitar in a band maybe more than soloing. I'd say to learn chords and find out where they fit. Learn to make them tasteful. I'd also add that it's so important to learn this business inside and out and watch your behind. There's a lot of snakes in this business.