TAXI Member Sam Cooper Gets 2-for-1 with Boss BR-600

By Mike Farley
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Sam Cooper got more than he bargained for at the 2006 TAXI Road Rally in Hollywood. A songwriter and producer who splits his time between Asbury Park, New Jersey, and Nashville, Tennessee, Cooper found himself in need of recording equipment that he could travel with.

Upon seeing a demonstration of the Boss BR-600 8-track digital recorder at the Rally, Cooper was convinced that this was the unit he needed for portability, and bought one. But at the same time, he filled out an entry form to win the same unit, and was contacted a week later by Corey Fournier of Roland USA (parent company of Boss), who informed Cooper he'd won the recorder.

Confronted with a dilemma that most musicians with home studios could only dream about, Cooper now had a second Boss BR-600 unit. And when he showed the recorder to his 16-year-old son, Kevin, the young singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was so impressed that he wound up receiving the unit from Sam as a birthday gift. Now, both father and son use the Boss units when on the fly.

"My son got bitten by the bug three years ago," says Cooper. "He immediately started creating music as he began playing. Last year, I passed on to him, my Roland VS1824-CD. Unlike me, he plays live drums as well as guitar, bass, keyboards, harmonica, ukelele (really!), and anything else he can make noise with, including his voice. I've been working on a song about us called 'He's Me When I Was Him.'"

Cooper has been a TAXI member for two years now, and while he's had his share of forwards and a few offers from music libraries, it's the education he has earned at the TAXI Road Rally two straight years that has impressed him the most.

"I'm making enormous headway climbing from the bottom of the food chain by creating a buzz in both Nashville and at the Jersey shore," he says. "I'm producing as well as writing and co-writing. There's no doubt in my mind that part of the motivation was reinforced by what I've gotten out of TAXI and that's translating into my songs going directly to important artists and industry executives. It's not a matter of 'if' anymore, but 'when.'"

Cooper is working on several projects as a producer and songwriter, including collaborating with Ray Dahrouge, who has had over 200 cuts as a songwriter. He has also become very active in the Nashville songwriting community and beams any time someone asks him about his career, always giving TAXI credit for helping him to jump-start it.

"I honestly find myself apologizing for my enthusiasm when I talk to people," says Cooper. "But I won't make excuses for the fact that it's been a long time coming. My wife and I attended our first Road Rally in 2005 and we both left it having an epiphany. At 54, the only thing I have to be jealous of is people who are younger and have more time than I do, but now I'm making the most of it."

Sam Cooper also hopes to be an inspiration to other TAXI members, encouraging them to pursue dreams at all costs, and to seize opportunities that will undoubtedly present themselves. "With many of the people you meet who are higher up the food chain, it's not about what they can do for you, but what you can do for them," he says. "If you've got the goods, they'll want to work with you. Just do everything humanly possible to have the goods. Making excuses doesn't cut it."

As for his new Boss unit, Cooper has already put it to good use, and claims its portability to be the machine's best asset. "It's amazing that all of those multi-track functions are at your fingertips in a unit the size of a small book, and it's a winner in the bang-for-the-buck department because it was even cheaper at the Road Rally special price."

Indeed, Cooper is singing the praises of both Boss and TAXI, and for good reason. He's enjoyed and employed his new knowledge as well as his new recording equipment.

"Props go to Boss/Roland, TAXI, and West L.A. Music for making me even luckier than I was already," he says.

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