The Local 913: Cody Piper

 
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Cody Piper has been surrounded by music, lots of it, for his entire life. "My grandpa was actually in the Pittsburgh Symphony for 55 years," he says. "He played the double bass and he also taught at Carnegie Mellon, which is where I went to college. I took piano lessons at Carnegie Mellon starting when I was 5." Piper is an extremely accomplished pianist. That’s apparent as soon as you hear him play, though he really wants you to dig into his songs and find those technical flourishes. Piper says, "My goal with my songs is to try to make them catchy and accessible, but also for a musician, I’d want to listen to it and be like, ‘Wow, there’s a few clever little things and some clever chords and arrangements.’ I hope people notice that kind of thing."

We noticed and we like it a lot. Along with those nods to classical composition, you’ll find Piper’s poppier influences right up front, kind of like The Beatles and Queen did. Piper points out, "I like all these bands that had kind of had a driving rock sound but also had a poppiness and catchiness to all their songs." He’s been actively trying to write songs about happier topics, but he’s found that, so far, music has been a great form of therapy for him. "Sometimes," he says, "I try to conceal things so that it’s not super wide open and so that it will be relatable to other people. But, for sure, I’m always trying to tap into my emotions and I never really did that a whole lot before I started writing songs, so that’s a good thing for sure. When I write about a certain thing, I may be tapping into the extreme end of an emotion. I think, personally, I’m a pretty level-headed person so I see the good and bad in everything."

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