Sean Cooper – Sound Designer and Composer
Sean Cooper has more than ten years of experience in sound design, working with hip-hop and R&B artists like Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx all the way to Brandy and Mary Mary, a contemporary gospel duo. Cooper has worked on albums that have gone Gold, Platinum, and Double-Platinum, making a name for himself as a successful sound design specialist for some of the top artists in the U.S.
If you could produce music for any artist, who would it be?
For LA Recording School alumnus Sean Cooper, this isn’t just another hypothetical question; it’s his career. As a sound designer, Cooper has made his way into the recording industry, working with big-name artists like Snoop Dogg and producing music across a variety of genres.
Sound Design Work for Notable Hip-Hop Albums and Artists
Although Cooper has produced music for a long list of artists, some of his most recognizable work as a sound designer began in 2004 with Snoop Dogg’s Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Platinum album “R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece.” The album’s lead single “Drop It Like It’s Hot” saw success with three weeks as number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in addition to topping charts for Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Rap Songs, Rhythmic Songs, and more.
Listen to the hit single here:
In 2005, Cooper worked as a sound designer on Jamie Foxx’s album “Unpredictable,” which earned Double-Platinum recognition. At the time of its release, the album made number two on the US Billboard 200, and in the week after its debut, the album reached number one. The album’s title track and single “Unpredictable” reached number two on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Listen to the album’s title track, “Unpredictable,” here:
Cooper’s successful streak with hip-hop artists continued with his work on Kanye West’s 2007 album “Graduation,” which topped the charts at the time of its release. The Double-Platinum album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, and the album earned Grammy nominations for Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, and six other Grammy awards. Cooper is credited for working on the album’s final single, “Homecoming,” which was a tribute to Chicago, Kanye West’s hometown.
Check out the video for “Homecoming” below:
A Successful Career in Sound Design
Although Cooper’s music production experience has led him to work on a broad range of music, he has consistently worked on songs and albums that have been well-received throughout the music industry. In addition to the award-nominated and RIAA Platinum and Double-Platinum albums Cooper has worked on, he has also contributed to several RIAA Gold albums, including:
• The 2004 album “I Need an Angel,” by gospel singer Ruben Studdard, which topped the Billboard Gospel Albums and the Year-End Gospel Albums charts
• “Mary Mary,” by the gospel duo Mary Mary, reaching number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2005
• 112’s “Pleasure & Pain,” a 2005 R&B album, which peaked at number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number four on the US Billboard Hot 200 chart
• R&B, hip-hop, and pop album “Afrodisiac,” by Brandy, which was nominated for Best R&B/Soul Album and Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2005 Grammy Awards.
Listen to the Grammy-nominated song here:
To learn more about Sean Cooper’s path to success as a sound designer, composer, and music producer, check out his interview with The LA Film School, or take a look at the list of artists he’s worked with to produce well-known albums.