What seemed like a far-fetched dream has now become a reality. Skyler Cocco’s newly-released debut album is the first official manifestation of her dreams.
Although Cocco began writing songs at age 9, she originally attended Purchase for its acting program.
Surrounded by peers who encouraged her knack for crafting songs, Cocco decided that writing, producing, and performing music — was her calling.
She spent the days and nights at Purchase immersed in creativity. Purchase is home to three conservatories for visual art, dance, and music.
Songs that Cocco began at Purchase would later develop and culminate into her debut album, Reverie, released on Diversion Records. Cocco graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Composition.
Originally dabbling in pop, the form leaves much to be desired for Cocco. Grunge satisfied the depth of emotion Cocco was looking to express with Reverie.
The recording process for Reverie took two years to complete. This is partly because this album was a collaborative effort envisioned and manifested by Cocco.
“It’s a job that follows me home. It wakes me up, it keeps me up at night. It enters my dreams. It’s a life of a job pretty much. There’s no pausing. I can’t just say ‘we’re not gonna go to work today,’ — it’s an everyday thing. And, that’s what you have to do if you want to make it.”
When recording music, Cocco’s approach is laid back. “I appreciate the freedom in the sessions,” said Cocco. She believes that too much planning destroys creativity.
Cocco now finds herself in New York with a longing to align herself to her intuition, which in her words is, “to do what I really want.” For Cocco, that might mean making the big move to the west coast, and establishing her music in LA.
While New York has been a breeding ground for remarkable art in the past, Cocco has found it frustrating because trust fund musicians can capture and retain their audience with financial incentives. New York is plainly, and painfully, not the great place for artists to begin their career. (It’s another story if you’re lucky enough to have a trust fund and don’t mind buying your audience.)
“You’re not going to get a good following if you just play crappy shows, which is what New York City expects of you. You have to grind. You have to, you know, pound the pavement. You have to play those shitty shows. You have to play to no one. But in reality…why? Why should I do that? That really doesn’t help me at all. Its not helping to play to no one.”
Reverie is the first of many. Cocco is now chasing a concept album drawing inspiration from late 70s/early 80s dreamy pop. Cocco wishes to explore themes of romance and produce visuals to accompany the 6 or 7 songs. She doesn’t see herself stopping music anytime soon.
“It’s another muscle in my body…unless it’s removed, I can’t really stop. Making music…it’s a muscle.”
Cocco took the time to chat with me about her creative process behind Reverie in the podcast below: