indie pop band SuperCoze has been popping onto the Seattle scene lately, and Cody Choi is the artist behind the band’s name. After playing a recent show at Café Racer as part of the So Dreamy Music Festival on June 4 and 5, Choi has a lot of new plans in the works.
Choi is a non-binary queer biracial musician whose earliest musical memory is learning to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on the piano. “My mother is Korean and piano lessons were part of her childhood which she didn’t like as much as her siblings,” Choi said, “but I always liked having the piano at home because of that. .”
After playing with their grandmother’s piano and their mother’s Yamaha keyboard, Choi branched out into other instruments. “My friends from school wanted to play on the talent show when I was in fourth grade, and they needed a bassist, so I offered to fill that spot,” Choi recalled. “My mother was happy that I found something to occupy my time after school because she was working late, and I remember going to Kennelly Keys to buy a Fender Squier bass guitar, my first and still the only bass that I have to date.”
Choi studied at Guitar Village north of Seattle with David Osuna. “I also joined School of Rock in 2010 after seeing an advertisement on the back of the stranger“, Choi reported. “I took lessons there and played in its after-school program for a few years, until I quit shortly after moving from Lake City Way to Greenwood, because the diversity of the students as well as the teachers changed a lot after his move and I no longer felt in my place.”
Choi has long been a self-reliant person. “Everything I learned myself or learned on YouTube, like ukulele, guitar, drums and other random instruments,” they said. “The first song I wrote as SuperCoze was a ukulele song called “Write Your Wrongs”, and I don’t play it live anymore, but I’d be interested in bringing it back!”
In SuperCoze, Choi combines singing, writing and improvisation. “For me, improv and songwriting go hand in hand,” Choi said, “and when I go to write something, I hit record on my phone and improvise on guitar or music. which I sing to and from which I can find the melody and structure. To do all of this without any of the other parts would feel unnatural.
Flexibility is one of Choi’s characteristics. “I would like to try other writing styles eventually, but for now I like to use improvisation to write music,” they said. “It takes a lot of the pressure off any creativity that I want to try on recording, knowing that I can put out whatever comes into my head and go from there.”
Choi loved the recent experience of playing in the So Dreamy Music Festival. “We decorated the whole room with fake plants and Christmas lights to create a fairytale theme all around, as well as fake clouds from upholstery and it all turned out really well,” explained Choi. “I played with my band, which consisted of six members in total and was the biggest band SuperCoze has done to date!”
It illustrated for Choi just how big the payoffs of perseverance can be. “It was really fun to be on stage with all my friends and play an event that I originally started in my living room,” Choi said. “I’ve learned that if you prepare well enough in advance and ask for help from others, you can really do magic!”
And SuperCoze’s horizons only seem to be expanding. “Right now I have a show booked for the summer and a few festivals planned to play,” Choi said, “as well as starting to organize events for others, and I’m excited for the future!”
So far, the clues are a bit cryptic. “I’ll also be working with a few organizations that I don’t think I can say much about yet,” Choi hinted, “but really excited to be invited to be a part of the local scene on more platforms due to the recent work that I have done!
But amidst all these performances and events, Choi pledges not to neglect creative work. “I will also be working on writing more material,” they said, “and I plan to release a new single by the end of the summer.”