FANS of Drouin synth music man Cooper Dodge’s SBMRGE project might be finding it hard to find his music – he deleted his SoundCloud music page and most of his Facebook presence.
Above: Cooper Dodge. Photo: Benjamin Justin Murphy, via the Peruw Facebook page
First published in the 10 July 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen
Earlier this year Cooper started work on a new project, Peruw, which took his music into the house and techno genres.
He told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen in February that “SBMRGE will stay a project – I’m sitting on a few unreleased tracks,” but priorities have changed.
“I suppose, ultimately, [deleting SBMRGE] was all just a part of moving onto the Peruw project,” Cooper told WBBC late last month.
“I just wanted to completely start over, fresh.
“I’ve been sending a few unreleased and older SBMRGE songs to people who have been reaching out since deleting the pages.”
Asked how he was settling into the new genre, Cooper highlighted the progress he had made.
“Yes, it is a much more developed sound,” he said.
“But it is also a project that I [have worked hard] to be happy with.
“Sometimes it can take a lot to give a song the last 10 per cent that it needs and with all my new material I am learning to push myself and my workflow to new levels.
“The Preuw track ‘She Wants’ has a much more developed sound than [the first Peruw release,] ‘Moons’ (also deleted), which I also can’t find anymore.”
Cooper has recently been working as a DJ in Melbourne under the Peruw name, and just recently also played Sydney.
“I wouldn’t say that it’s ‘increasing success,’ but I’m definitely getting a lot more interest for gigs at the minute, especially after releasing ‘She Wants.’
“I’ve been really enjoying playing DJs recently, so I guess all is well.”
A lot of new music releases are on the horizon for Cooper, who has debuted some new tracks at his recent DJ gigs.
“I’ve been writing very consistently since the release of ‘She Wants,’ so the coming months will definitely bring new originals, maybe a remix or rework and more gigs, including some interstate dates.”
So what can you do if you liked the SBMRGE sound? Well, there is some good news for you.
“To be honest, I’ve been writing a lot of stuff similar to the vibe of SBMRGE recently,” Cooper said.
“As I mentioned before, I’ve been sending SBMRGE music out to people who contact me for it.”
You can listen to Preuw on SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/peruwtunes
You can find Peruw on Facebook at facebook.com/peruwmusic.
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