Who is POP CO-OP?
POP CO-OP is a group of four geographically-dispersed musicians who focus on making the music they love. Veteran musician Steve Stoeckel (Spongetones songwriter, bassist, and vocalist) is from Charlotte, NC; Bruce Gordon is from Los Angeles, CA; Stacy Carson is from Orlando, FL; and Joel Tinnel is from Northern Virginia.
The band formed in 2016 and released an entire album of originals called Four State Solution. After cutting a few singles, they were picked up by Futureman Records (small indie label) for the April 2020 release of their second album, Factory Settings. A number of the cuts got picked up by various international DJs and were played in the Americas and across Europe. Three songs were put in regular rotation on WERA 96.7 FM, Arlington, VA. The band went on to be the 2nd most played artist of 2020 on This is Rock 'n Roll Radio with Dana and Carl, airing on Spark Syracuse! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, Syracuse, NY. They are now working on their 3rd album.
The band operates as a true cooperative, with each member contributing to the writing, recording, engineering, producing and mixing of the songs. The guys fully embraced Internet technology, which makes this distributed collaboration possible. Lyrics are sometimes written by one person and sometimes jointly written using Internet collaboration tools. Each member records in his own studio. Parts are exchanged to aid in the recording process and then brought together in one studio for mixing.