“Guitar wizard” and “YouTube sensation” Cooper Carter’s signature mix of songwriting and fiery guitar playing has delighted audiences across the country and the world. The creator of YouTube’s popular SoloAWeek™ channel, Cooper’s viral guitar work has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Vox, Guitar World Magazine, Revolver, ClassicFM, and more.
As a lead guitarist, he has performed live and recorded with dozens of artists, some of whom are listed below.
Cooper’s childhood was spent studying the music of songwriters such as Shawn Mullins, the Indigo Girls, and Matthew Sweet and the guitar work of Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, SRV, Gilmour, and others. In a summer program at Berklee College of Music in 2005, Cooper studied songwriting, advanced music theory, and rock guitar performance, developing a new appreciation for the techniques and styles of virtuoso guitar players like John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, and Greg Howe. As a solo artist, Cooper’s songwriting style therefore reflects a combined love of the guitar’s unique voice and that of carefully-penned lyrics and heartfelt vocal melodies.
With Cooper Carter & the Royal Senders, he pairs a guitar-driven, energetic musical approach with a compositional and lyrical style informed by those of singer-songwriters greats.
Cooper is widely recognized as a leading authority on Fractal Audio gear, including the flagship Axe-Fx II, which has gained immense popularity with the industry’s largest touring and recording acts. As a tone consultant, Cooper has worked with artists like Maroon 5, Journey, Dave Matthews Band, Zach Brown Band, Bush, and Mastodon to design Fractal tones heard on stages across the world.
He also routinely provides consulting services to companies across the music industry in the areas of business, marketing, video & media, and gear design.