JP Cooper @ Botanique, Brussels

November 23, 2017

JP Cooper is not really the first artist that comes to my mind when I think about the music I love. On the paper, his indie rock infused soul and dream pop is not something I would normally listen to, but his music somehow stuck with me. To be completely honest, the first time I heard of him was on Jonas Blue's 'Perfect Strangers,' and as much as I explored his music further, I was more hooked. And I tend to think I'm not the only one.

Brussels show was, therefore, something I wouldn't like to miss. After seeing it, I believe those words even more. Not the forget the great supporting act - Irish duo Picture This who I was not familiar before, but who was definitely worth seeing. In the small, very intimate Rotondo hall of Brussels' famous venue Botanique, his music quickly found its home. With around two hundred fans, with no barriers or distance between artist and the crowd, vibes he sent from the stage were instantly received. The close relationship and great communication were established in no time and lasted through the show.

Combining his own hits like 'She's On My Mind,' 'Closer,' 'September Song' and 'Passport Home' with a cover of John Lennon's 'Jealous Guy,' and collaborations with other artists such as 'Shivers' or 'Perfect Strangers,' he and his band delivered dynamic and interesting set full of crowd-pleasers. And speaking of the crowd - it was a joy to watch all those different people in the same room, singing to same words, enjoying the same messages from the stage. Black, white, young people, older people in their 40s and 50s, parents who brought their kids, kids that brought their parents, people with band T-shirts, with dreadlocks, and people in suits and ties, we were all together in this. And having in mind JP Cooper's music, and his messages, it was just the way it should be.

 

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