Please introduce yourself, what you do, why you do it, and what you want people to know about you.
Hi! my name is Lina Cooper 🙂
I like to say that before anything else, I am a songwriter. I wrote for myself and for other people, and that is what i enjoy doing the most. Besides that, I am also an artist, a producer and an engineer.
I have been writing songs since I was probably 9 years old, and I just haven’t stopped ever since. I always loved stories, I loved romanticizing simple things, capturing different moment in songs. That is what i loved about music in general. I always knew that this is where my heart belongs.
So, knowing that, I kept on going for my dream. I moved to Boston to go to Berklee college of music at the age of 17 and now I live in Los Angeles working at a recording studio an an engineer while also releasing music and performing as an artist and writing for other artists.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
First of all, name one pop songwriter that was born and raised in Ukraine. But that was too mush of a simple answer.
I like to think that what makes me different is how sincere I am with what I do. Meaning, if I was a lawyer or a doctor or a chef, I would still come home and would write songs just because that’s what I love doing more than anything. Songwriting is my therapy and it almost seems like sometimes I can’t turn it off. My brain is always looking for songs seeds, it’s like they are hidden in what people say, little details about every single place, billboard signs, other people’s music, etc.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you wanted to do what you do now. Who did you tell first? What has it been like since that moment?
This is going to be pretty funny, but don’t judge me, please.
I must’ve been 8 or 9 years old. And I was watching MTV, and ‘Hot ‘N’ Cold’ by Katy Perry came on. I loved that song. And for some reason after watching that music video, I decided that i want to try to write a song as well. And I just sat down and did it. It was absolutely terrible, but I loved the process. So I just kept on writing. I self-taught myself piano and went to a music school for guitar. I don’t think I necessarily told anyone, but I would play my songs to my friends and family once in a while, and they were always very supportive of me. I guess, it’s been a journey ever since that moment.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to face and how did you overcome it?
Honestly, the biggest challenge to this day is to never stop trying. I am so far from my final goal (or many goals I would say), but I am also so far ahead of where I was a few years ago. And sometimes there would be these moments of silence that feel so hopeless, it makes you want to stop. But they always pass, and later you feel very grateful for not giving up.
If you had to pick the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could take your career (or business) to the next level…who would those 3 people be?
Honestly, it would be a dream come true if I ever got to meet Taylor Swift. She has been a huge inspiration to me ever since I was a kid. She is such a prolific songwriter, such a strong person and an incredible creative in general.
Another person would be Jack Antonoff. He has created some of my favorite albums of the past decade. If I ever got to write a song that he would produce, I think my hear would burst out of happiness.
And finally, probably, Halsey. She is another women in the music industry that has been my huge inspiration ever since I started taking songwriting seriously. I think she is an impeccable songwriter and artist. I think working with her would be an incredible experience