We recently chopped it up with DJ Coop about his new business, music, being a father, and more. Check it out below:
Explain who you are for those who don’t know
My name is Jamaurice Cooper, known professionally as DJ Coop; I’m originally from Memphis, TN by way of Nashville TN;
How did you get your start For The Chicken Coop? (restaurant)
I came up with the idea, planned it out and took a leap of faith.
What prompted you to open a brick and mortar restaurant during a pandemic?
The opportunity presented itself; I’d been saving money, and this is entirely self-funded so I was able to do things exactly how I wanted them. No loans, no handouts. And it’s the perfect time to do a restaurant or ANY type of business, while everybody is NOT doing anything—perfect storm.
How do you balance touring, being a father and being a serial entrepreneur?
It’s very busy. I’m a father FIRST, so I have to manage my time wisely. Touring takes a lot of time out of my schedule, b/c I have to be in so many places in short amounts of time. My children are old enough to understand my schedule, so when they don’t see me everyday, they know I’m definitely working. My oldest son wants to do the same things I do in music. He works at the restaurant and gladly refills the Ranch and ketchup cups.
How many businesses do you own?
Uhhh, let’s see—I have 6 businesses: Slept On Music Group is artist development, consulting and management. I have Slept On Studios (full service studio with state of the art equipment for recording music, podcasts, just whatever–) Real Coopish Mobile Detailing Company, LaRosa Hookah Bar, Chicken Coop, Coop Visions () I’m about to start a printing company as well. So, that’s about 6 or 7. I think I’m missing a few, but those are just off the top of my head.
What’s your favorite business?
I’d have to say I’m spending a lot of time nurturing The Chicken Coop, my latest venture. It’s the largest, black owned restaurant/lounge in Nashville. It took a lot of work and dedication, but I’ve seen lots of success—by the end of the four weeks of soft launch, we grossed over $25,000!! In four weeks, during a pandemic. Hard work is definitely paying off.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
SLEEP!!! Hahaha!! Nah, I like to chill and learn new things. Learn new ways to make MORE money!
What’s the hardest part of being an entrepreneur?
I don’t think it’s hard at all being an entrepreneur, because you have free will and free reign to do what you want. So, I think for most people, the hardest part is finding something that really works for them. Trying to figure out a necessity—a niche.
Who/what inspires you?
My mom and my brother. My mom was a single mother and she raised my brother and me in the rough South Memphis area.
Any advice for entrepreneurs who may be struggling during this time?
The same way you’d put 40 hours into someone else’s business, put that same effort into yours, every week. Then see how THAT turns out.
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