Marcus “Coop Martian” Cooper was born to Mervyn and Allison Cooper on May 13, 1986 in Baytown, Texas. Coop Martian’s earliest musically inclined memories include asking his father to pick him up to go watch records spin during house parties. His father taught him to use the “art of pan” as a joyous expression and as an emotional vent for the frustrations that life may deal.
Martian was a graduate of Robert E. Lee high school where his favorite subject was math. He was also a part of the basketball team and a choir member for four years. In high school Martian balanced being educationally bored, academically intelligent, and socially popular. Shortly after high school he joined the Navy for seven years. Apart from his regular duties as a FC2, he performed with the Ship Company when dignitaries came aboard. During a Black History program in 2007, he received an award for his performance and original lyrics for a Five Star General. His fondest military memory is spending time with children in Lithuania who had never seen black people.
In life, love of family is a very important entity for Marcus behind knowing, loving and serving God. His mother is a perfect example of the radiant love that he emits and he feels blessed to be the offspring of one of the best men to walk the earth. His parents are responsible for his forward thinking mindset. Opposed to the over saturated industry of pointless music, Coop Martian wants to make substantial musical impressions by giving people music infused with quality and substance.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
COOP MARTIAN: I am from Baytown TX also known as “The Eastside.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
COOP MARTIAN: I have been making music since 2006. It started as a way for me to vent due to the stresses and situations that come with being an active member of the USN [United States Navy]. The passion for the art form came when I was tasked to make a tribute song for black history month on board my first ship. One of the veterans approached me after the performance and told me how much the song really touched him and told me how impressed he was with the “realness” of what I said.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
COOP MARTIAN: I love the craft and the challenge of lyricism and producing. I also love the fact that I can have an influence on the world. As artists, we provide our listeners with 3, 4, or 5 minute journeys through our music. Some of these journeys provide them an escape from their situation, a spiritual awakening, or guidance. As a listener of music, I personally think there is a lot of misleading going on and I have a voice that can raise the bar and clear some of the smoke and mirrors.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
COOP MARTIAN: My songs are about life experiences. Every single one of them have came from real life events, a lot of which people never want to talk about or glorify- I just give the truth. I give my experiences and I do not speak on things that I do not know.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
COOP MARTIAN: It is for real thinkers. For those that are the type who approach the world as a vessel of experimentation and experience. You will love my music but if you think you know it all or have seen it all you will still love my music but you might not learn or take anything from it. That being said my music has reached age groups from 17 up to 76 and I have yet to get told it wasn’t good.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
COOP MARTIAN: Marvin Gaye, Tupac, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Z-Ro, Short Dawg, The Mighty Baron, Shadow… I could go on for days. I love all genres and styles, including country music. But a lot of my musical influence is, once again, LIFE and the vibes I get from it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
COOP MARTIAN: Honest, honest and, more importantly, honest. It is different for sure and very well articulated. It also provokes thought. I don’t shove my opinions down people’s throats, I force them to think and form their own opinions.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
COOP MARTIAN: My honesty and humbleness makes me stand out, but more than anything knowing who I am. I have never ever followed the crowd or the trend; I always do my own thing. It may get a little lonely at times and I may be misunderstood a lot, but I can only be true to my heart and my mind. I am my own worst critic. I always find what’s wrong with my music and never relish in what’s right about it. I go to clubs and venues and rarely dance due to me watching how different songs influence people and their reactions. I tell the truth in everything from relationships to drug use. I don’t make excuses or change any personality traits unless I see it as a problem.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
COOP MARTIAN: My brother King Jigg and I are working on another mix-tape. We currently have three of them. Other than working on the mix-tape, I am getting the various singles perfected for release including. These songs include: Different, Im Ready, Im da shit, Moving Slow, Stay writing…Just to name a very few.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
COOP MARTIAN: In ten years I see myself being a top level industry figure, while running my own label. I want my brand to become a worldwide top tier conglomerate and a house hold name.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
COOP MARTIAN: I can be contacted at www.coopmartian.com which is my website. On it are links to my Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud. On Instagram I am coop1328 and on reverbnation I can be found under coop and S.B.U.
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