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SCOTT COOKE
HAVIAH MIGHTY

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SCOTT COOKE

PRODUCER & LOCAL HAY RECORDS CO-FOUNDER
For the full conversation , listen to the Sept . 15 , 2021 episode
CM : Your professional career in music began as an engineer in early 2000s , and it was a different world then , both in terms of how records were being made and how the business operated …
Scott Cooke : For sure . I started working in studios around 2003 and it was a different world back then . I was still driving downtown to work in a studio that was the size of a small gym to work on an SSL board and all that analog stuff . Well , actually , we were on Pro Tools at that point , but if you wanted to edit drums , it still took a day to render fades and that fun stuff . But you know , it was a great experience because you had producers who were a lot further along than we were and they ’ d fly in and the studio would hire you to help them because you knew the board and room and everything . So , you ’ d get to learn from these great people all the time , and Vancouver was such a hotbed for awesome recordings in the ‘ 90s and early-2000s , so you got to work with some really high-level people at a young age .
That is actually one thing I talk a lot about now , which is I feel like the younger generations don ’ t get access to that now because , like me specifically , I now have a studio at my house and I just work there all day . A lot of the times I ’ m working alone or with just the artist , so who ’ s passing down that knowledge ? So , I have this idea that one day I want to build a little studio with a nice live room – I ’ ve got this little barn on my property that I ’ m going to convert – and maybe local up-and-coming kids could come use it for a really cheap rate that they could afford and I would come in the morning to just help them get set up and get tones and then leave them to their own devices , go mow the lawn , and they could come grab me if they need help . You know , put that back into the studio world again because it ’ s sort of a bummer that it ’ s missing now .
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HAVIAH MIGHTY

For the full conversation , listen to the Sept . 29 , 2021 episode
CM : With your new release , Stock Exchange , you ’ ve said that it ’ s a mixtape , not an album , because you wanted the songs to stand apart , versus your Polaris-winning album , 13 th Floor , which was a unified body of work with an overarching concept or themes . Why this different approach ?
Haviah Mighty : With Stock Exchange , originally , I just wanted to put out singles that showcased that we can still enjoy life and enjoy ourselves and rock out . But the strategy , if you will , sort of became the theme because as I was putting these songs out and it felt like my value every single month became that asset that I put out , or that song that I put out . It was also an interesting year of learning about stocks or about cryptocurrency . So ,
I was learning about these things and thinking , “ Wow , what I am creating or each song that I put out feels like a stock or a bond and how many likes or comments or the engagement I get feels like the perception of that bond , or the value of that stock , let ’ s say . I struggled with that and my internal value of self and getting those wires crossed and that became the theme out of what was initially anti-theme .
I think sometimes you experience things and as you ’ re experiencing it , it ’ s creating a story that becomes a song or a body of work or it becomes a video or whatever . So , with Stock Exchange , it just felt like a constant struggle because I was putting out songs month to month , so every month I was feeling either this big resurgence of , “ Wow , this video did really well !” or then the video did well but the streams aren ’ t that high , or the streams are good but you don ’ t have a video or great visual for it . So , every month it was something very , very different .
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