Interview with Nick Cope

Title

Interview with Nick Cope

Subject

Entertaining Oxford

Description

1. How long have you play guitar / ukulele?

I started playing punk rock bar chords on my dad’s old acoustic when I was 15 so I’ve been playing about 40 years although it doesn’t show unfortunately! I’ve never had proper lessons so have lots of bad habits, I could have made a little joke about my 'picking' style but I’m not going to!

2. What sort of songs do you sing?

I sing songs for families and their children so all sorts of subject matter is covered from gender to bullying, head lice to saving the planet and everything in between.

3. How do you come up with the ideas for your songs?

All sorts of ways, I usually visit lots of schools so I get inspiration from talking to children about my songs and ideas they may have. Sometimes they just come into or my head or people may suggest things. I’ve always got my ears open for a bit of inspiration.

4. What is your most memorable Oxford gig?

A gig I performed would have to be Wood festival, each year it gets more and more fun but one of the first years I performed without a PA and the tent was packed - not sure if everyone could hear what I was singing but it was brilliant fun.

5. What's the Oxford music scene like?

I’m a little out of the loop as far as the music scene is nowadays, but it continues to be vibrant, and there are always a bunch of amazing people prepared to work really hard on putting on events and promoting music in Oxford - long may it continue.

Creator

Graham West and Nick Cope

Publisher

Museum of Oxford

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