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This page contains information about the record label, Scott Cooley Records (SCR).  For information about records released on this label, go to the Albums page.  Despite an enthusiastic subscription to the DIY eithic, SCR does not reject consumer culture like the punk rock subculture ideology.  Its underlying aesthetic, however, is one we embrace since we are all about freedom of creative self-expression and the production of moving music with limited means.  Essentially basement bedroom demos, our records do not share similarities with those released by the big three major labels that can be heard on commercial radio and television.  That said, we don't give it away for free either.


About Scott Cooley Records

Scott Cooley Records is a microlabel or netlabel that was established for preserving the independence of Scott Cooley, the recording artist.  It was suggested that Scott Cooley, the non-performing songwriter, self-release compilations of his promotional demonstration recordings he was pitching to recording artists looking for new material for upcoming projects as full-length record albums to the general public.  Scott took this suggestion and formed his own record label to see if this would garner any interest.  It has, so since 2007, anyone in the world has been able to purchase these recordings directly from this site as well as from a variety of popular online music stores.
  • Label type:  Digital
  • Founded:  Officially in the year 2000, previously known as Cool Breeze Records in the late 90s
  • Founder:  Scott Cooley
  • Genres:  Garage Rock, Americana, many subs & hybrids.  For more info, see Genres.
  • Country of origin:  United States of America
  • Location:  Grand Blanc, Michigan
  • Purchasing:  To view the purchasing options for albums, songs, compact discs, and digital downloads released on the Scott Cooley Records label, refer to the Store page (Scott Cooley Online Store) within this Web site for complete details.  Most of the major online retail outlets, including Amazon.com, Google Play, and Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify currently offer all 7 studio albums for sale.
  • Distribution:  Self-distributed to Amazon (CDs), Google Play Music & Bandcamp, Tunecore (previously), CD Baby (currently for iTunes/Spotify, etc.).  Our site's Distribution page provides more information about how you can arrange to distribute our records, as we are open to considering reasonable offers and negotiating reasonable terms - whether it be locally, nationally, or worldwide.  Inquiries regarding consideration of affiliation with larger, more established labels or imprints is welcome.  You need only use the Contact method of your choosing to get the ball rolling!  

Demo Compilations Available Now

An introduction to appreciating songwriter demos:  Gone are the days of the demonstration recording cassette tape, however, this site is the primary vehicle for those interested in licensing the songs of Scott Cooley and purchasing the recordings of Scott Cooley. Scott saves his best songs for sending to professional demo recording studios that record with session musicians and vocalists for the purpose of pitching to recording artists seeking new songs to cut for their upcoming releases.  The rest are considered songwriter demos, recorded by Scott himself and released for sale by Scott himself on the Scott Cooley records label.  To decide whether you are someone who might appreciate Scott's master recordings of his original songs in their original state before being recorded by other artists, read on.... 

The writing and recording process:  If you’ve ever sat in a living room with an acoustic guitar and strummed a few chords someone taught you and then made up some words to go with the chords and wrote them down on paper, then later recorded your second take to a cassette, rewound it, listened to your creation, and thought the whole process was fun, then you might like Scott’s music. Scott takes this approach to songwriting a little bit further by recording his third takes into a microphone that is connected to a computer. He then records first (and sometimes second) takes of acoustic bass, drums, lead guitar, harmonica, marimba, percussion, and background vocal tracks individually while listening to the others in headphones. He then uses software to mix them together, put them on compact discs, and make them available for sale. By today’s standards, this low-tech way of creating music streamlines the song building process from idea, to audio production, on through to the printed CD package, all without any support from the professional recording and music industries.

Song quality vs. sound quality explained:  Promotional compilation albums of Scott’s demonstration recordings have a sound quality that is surprisingly good, and while not exactly what you would find on an album released by popular artists and professional vocalists on major label albums you purchased in huge corporate retail stores (recorded with the best session musicians and equipment money can buy), you might even appreciate the sound even more, because although it’s raw and unpolished, you can’t help hearing the high quality of the songs themselves shining through with a fresh, organic spirit as the driving force behind it all. Getting past the immediate impression that it is “not what you’re used to,” or that what you’re hearing is “different than what you expected” is easier than you might think. At first, you might feel taken aback, caught off guard, thinking to yourself “whoa, I’m not sure about this,” or you might have a tendency to be disappointed, and you might even feel cheated or let down, but then you realize this “acquired taste” is really an example of hearing a true professional songwriter’s versions of great songs in their infancy – never intended to be a professional finished product. 

An acquired taste?  You be the judge.  After that immediate reaction begins to wear off a little, you might continue to listen with more of an open mind. You may be tempted at first to write it off, and not even acknowledge that less than perfect is acceptable, let alone intriguing. You might think to yourself, “although it is different than what I expected, I’m going to give it a chance.” Then you might start to think, “this is different, but that’s okay because this is honest and real.” Listening to Scott’s CDs gives you an appreciation for the creative process and for recording artists in general, as opposed to strictly having a consumer's perspective. With limitations to skills, abilities, knowledge, and talent, not to mention access to resources and free time, you begin to understand how hard work at a creative craft can make up for a lot of natural aptitude. A minimalist sound is often more pleasing, once you've learned to appreciate it. If you can relate to this little intro, you are likely someone who would enjoy listening to Scott Cooley's songs, particularly in their original demo format as recorded by their writer.

What kinds of songs?  Scott's promotional demonstration recording compilations released as albums and singles have been described as containing fast & mid-tempo, genre-agnostic songs that readily lend themselves to being cut as Rock & Pop, with strong crossover potential into R&B and even country.  As recorded by Scott, they predominantly fall into the categories of Acoustic/Garage Rock/Folk-Rock/Singer-Songwriter/Roots Rock/Americana, with several Ballads.  The lyrics feature clever rhyme schemes & internal rhymes that often deliver deep & emotion-evoking stories and conversations about subject matter that has universal appeal, including fresh takes on common themes of love & nature, but from a somewhat rebellious character's perspective.  Sometimes conveying humor, satire, sarcasm & irony, midwestern values and great lakes-oriented imagery are prevalent throughout the catalog.  The vocals are soothing and clearly understood.  The music features tightly-composed, instrumentally simple songs in the classic song forms of verse-chorus-verse-chorus, some with pre-choruses, and a few AABA's; with short intros and instrumental breaks of melodies & solos w/ acoustic guitar; usually in 4/4 time with a few waltzes.  Rounding out the demo sound are spare, well-placed background vocals; and instrumentation that includes non-upright acoustic bass guitar; simple, understated drums & percussion; spare, and occasional slide guitar, harmonica & marimba.

How do I get one now?  Two things to consider here: If you want to hear Scott's "released" demos, see the Store page.  Otherwise, use the Contact page to e-mail Scott your project requirements, and then Scott will e-mail you back with a special sign-in to a private area of this site customized for your needs with songs for your review.  It's that easy!

Looking for Scott Cooley's songwriting demos?  Information about Scott's demonstration recordings that Scott pitches to major artists seeking new songs to record and release on their albums can be found on the Store page.  Scott self-releases compilations of these demos every two years and sells them online.  See the Store page of this site for details on how to buy demo CDs. The Radio page typically has at least one song sample that serves as a showcase of the Scott Cooley demo sound.

Are you a vocalist who would like a professionally-produced recording of yourself singing a song?  Scott offers opportunities for vocalists in the East Lansing, Michigan area to come to his recording studio at his home and record vocal tracks on his original songs in exchange for compact discs that can serve as vocal demonstration recordings.  Vocalists receive a professionally packaged recording of the song(s) with the agreement that Scott then uses the same demo for pitching to major label recording artists who are seeking new material.  Contact Scott to inquire about details and to arrange for an appointment.

Curious about the Scott Cooley Recording Studio where the demos are made?  See the Studio page for more information.  Also, for an idea of the sound quality and instruments, read the information on the Gear page.  

How can I listen to them now?   Go to music.scottcooley.com and listen to all released songs on demand.  Find and listen to more full samples and clips on Scott Cooley Radio or on the Samples page, or purchase your very own compact discs or downloads of officially-released demonstration recordings as either album compilations or individual song mp3's from the Scott Cooley Online Store.


Catalog Information At-A-Glance


As a showcase for Scott Cooley songs, see the Store page now for ordering options, the Albums and Repertoire pages for complete album details, and the CDs page for compact disc information.


Abbreviated Discography:  Since the early 2000s, Scott has self-released approximately one full-length record every two years. 
  • 2000 - Self-Titled Debut - songs from the early days of songwriting, recording on 4-track cassettes, performing at open mic nights in CO in the 90's (tape only - no longer available)
  • 2002 - Homegrown - songs that arose from experimentation with computer-based recording, about the struggles of young adulthood, written in the late 90s (currently out of print)
  • 2004 - Moon Dreams - songs inspired by staying up late at night, yearning for love, contemplating the meaning of life and our place in this world (in stores now)
  • 2006 - Lakeside Landing - storytelling songs, songs about sailing, love; songs in a variety of styles that show versatility and maturity (in stores now)
  • 2008 - Drive Time Companion - Americana songs to keep you company while on the road, unique twists on relationships with humor (in stores now)
  • 2010 - Sense Of Belonging - songs about the importance of place & the concept of home, continues the tradition of mellow acoustic rock with stylistic diversity (in stores now)
  • 2010 - A Cooley Christmas - privately released studio album of cover recordings of eleven of Scott's favorite popular Christmas and holiday songs - (free streaming)
  • 2012 - Cherchez La Femme - songs about women and relationships from a man's perspective, this latest album is best classified as acoustic rock love songs (in stores now)
  • 2014 - Used To Be Good Looking - bluesy songs of love, lust, loss, the natural world, & even a MI state song with rock, folk, hints of bluegrass and jazz (in stores now)
  • 2016 - Rest Assured - upbeat, fun songs about love/releationships, places, the environment, eating coney dogs, w/ 2 songs featuring Lenore Cooley on accordion (in stores now)
Full Discography:  More detailed and complete discography information is available on the Discography page.  Related Information:  Also of interest may be the Bootlegs page for out of print, rare, and unreleased records, or the MP3s page for digital download information.


Press Releases

2004  
 Moon Dreams Press Release.pdf:  Preview/Print  |  Download

2006  
 Lakeside Landing Press Release.pdf:  Preview/Print  |  Download

2008  
 Drive Time Companion Press Release.pdf:  Preview/Print  |  Download

2010  
 Sense Of Belonging Press Release.pdf:  Preview/Print  |  Download

2012  
 Cherchez La Femme Press Release.pdf:  Preview/Print  |  Download

2014   
 Used To Be Good Looking Press Release.pdf:  Preview/Print  |  Download

2016  New! Rest Assured  
Rest Assured Press Release.pdf:  Preview/Print  |  Download



Official Release List

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SCR06 June 21, 2014 Used To Be Good Looking From short/fun to long/serious in its 2nd half w/ hints of jazz, bluegrass, blues & folk, acoustic guitars, an understated rhythm section, harmonica & marimba deliver songs of love, lust, loss, the natural world, & even a MI state song.  Amazon iTunes 
SCR05 June 21, 2012 Cherchez La Femme Acoustic rock songs, some w/ a country or even cajun/zydeco flavor, about love, relationships & women from a man's perspective, w/ the usual minimal rhythm section, occasional harmonica, marimba and slide, and clear & warm vocals.  Amazon iTunes 
SCR04 June 21, 2010 Sense Of Belonging Experience a range of thought-provoking emotions via contemporary folk-rock about the important-yet-simple things in life – appreciation of nature, home, values, legacy, love, family, friendship & making a difference in the world.  Amazon iTunes 
SCR03 June 21, 2008 Drive Time Companion Americana at its most real, you’re along for a ride through stories & conversations about love & relationships good, bad & ugly that keep your attention & put you in a much better mood by the time you reach your destination.  Amazon iTunes 
SCR02 June 21, 2006 Lakeside Landing Great Lakes-oriented acoustic rock at its best, this contemporary maritime marvel delivers unique tales of love and wanderlust with hints of Caribbean flavor that will leave you yearning to get back out on the water soon.  Amazon iTunes 
SCR01 June 21, 2004 Moon Dreams Escapism in the form of bluesy acoustic space rock featuring warm, emotional vocals that deliver stories of love and getting away from it all that leave you looking at the world with an improved perspective.  Amazon iTunes 
SCR07 June 21, 2016 Rest Assured Faster & less serious, but w/ the usual attitude & acoustic style, 13 new originals re: love/relationships, places, & getting coney dogs, w/ touches of zydeco, polka, trad. country & folk punk, 2 featuring Lenore on accordion!  Amazon iTunes / Apple Music 
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