In conversation with trio TK Collective about their new EP ‘Off the Edge’

We had the joy of catching up with American Indie Rock trio TK Collective this week about their stunning new six track EP ‘Off the Edge’. TK collective is made up of Cooper Carr on vocals and lead guitar, Griffin Oakley on bass guitar and Evan Lutz on drums. All three attended Belmont University together where they quickly hit it off over their shared love of music and began writing songs together and shaping their sound almost instantly.

The band cite Paramore, The Strokes, and Fleetwood Mac as influences. Their EP is diverse with something for everyone from laid back folky ballads, pop rock singalong songs and high octane guitar driven anthems like the opening track. Their combination of authentic storytelling, bright guitar lines and emotive performances make them impossible not like.

Read on below to find out more about this exciting new band.

YMX: Hey TK Collective, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project? 

TK Collective: First of all, thanks so much for listening! We like to make songs for people to yell in their cars to. Our recent motto has been that we’re a soft rock band, getting harder by the day, so do with that what you will. Our most recent project is pretty versatile, with hints of indie folk, emotional ballads and more driving rock all within the EP, but at the core of our music is honest storytelling and passionate delivery

YMX When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level? 

TK Collective: Music’s always a passion for all of us, and being at Belmont together really made this band come together naturally. We were all suitemates this fall, and decided it would be fun to play some covers of songs, which then turned to writing music, and now we have two singles, an EP and a music video out. It’s been a blast developing our sound and our audience these last few months

YMX: You recently released ‘OFF THE EDGE’. Can you tell us how that project came about?

TK Collective: After we released our first single and saw the positive response and support coming from students at Belmont, we decided to pursue a more ambitious project. There’s something in this project for everyone, and the name ‘TK Collective’ feels very relevant to this EP, because the ideas for songwriting and production truly came equally from each member. We tried to write songs that would easily relate to people, and so far from the response, it seems like our goal is being met.

YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the OFF THE EDGE? 

TK Collective: We were really intentional about each line of lyrics on this project, so we would encourage listeners to consider the lyrics carefully, and I think that will naturally elicit an emotional response. We want listeners to interpret each song according to their own experiences, and I think whatever feelings they have will come naturally out of that.

YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you? 

TK Collective: Because of the pandemic, we really focused on writing and recording as much music as possible rather than prioritizing live shows. This probably helped us more than anything, because it made us focus on making this particular project the best it could be. Since we live together, we didn’t have to collaborate remotely much, although we did write “Don’t Be” on Zoom over winter break. Since we had already worked together in person, this felt pretty natural for us.

YMX : Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?

TK Collective: Most of our songs started by one of us having a concept or some lyrics written for a song already. We each find brainstorming the initial idea of a song to be more comfortable individually. After that is done, it’s really helpful to have a team to help better communicate the initial ideas, and shape them into a great song.

YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a livestream concert?

TK Collective: We played our first live set in Nashville on March 19th at Belcourt Taps. It was a lot of fun, and we look forward to playing our next gig at Cabana Taps on March 28th. We have done small live stream performances, so that’s probably something we’ll continue to do.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?

TK Collective: We look forward to continuing to write and record together, as well as play live in Nashville. We’re also working on a new music video directed by Penny Kapadoukakis, who also directed “We’ll See Tomorrow” and is responsible for most of the visuals on our Instagram. We can’t wait to share it with you! Make sure to follow us on Spotify, and Instagram (handle is @tkcollectiveband).

Thanks for talking to us guys! Look forward to the music video.

You can listen to Off the Edge by TK Collective on Spotify here: