Last July, Zea Stallings had a show booked at the Gothic Theater but had no band. That’s when psychedelic gospel group The Copper Children officially started, though the four musicians had been jamming together for years prior. Celebrating the release of their first full-length album this spring, the Denver indie quartet discussed their background and future plans with AXS in this exclusive interview. (Don’t miss some of their interview responses in the embedded video above.)
AXS: Are you Denver natives? If not, where is everyone from?
The Copper Children: No. Only Zea Stallings [vocals, guitar] actually grew up in Denver. Andy Babb [bass, vocals] grew up in the small town of Burlington, Colorado, Elijah Jarosh [percussion] grew up in the cotton fields of south Georgia, and Christopher Morgan [drums] grew up in Connecticut.
AXS: What brought The Copper Children together?
The Copper Children: We were all mutual friends from jamming with our people at different events. Christopher and Zea met at the Gypsy House Cafe during a Free Music for Free People event. Zea played Christopher a song and Zea watched Christopher play as well. Andy, Elijah and Zea had first seen each other at Rhythm Sanctuary but first really connected at a FM4FP event at the Denver Art Society Open Mic a week after they had just taken their first U.S. tour together. We really came together for the first time when Zea had a show booked at the Gothic Theater and didn't have a band. We all rose to the occasion and helped our brother out, back in July 2015.
AXS: How long have The Copper Children been together? What have you learned during that time?
The Copper Children: Since the Gothic show, we have learned A TON! Beyond music, we have really learned to be good friends.
Elijah Jarosh: For all the love lost, there's always love found. For every brother lost, ya might get three more. If you're actin' just right and livin' real clean...We're not a band, we're a brotherhood.
AXS: Where was your first show in Denver, and what was the experience like? Who else did you play with at the show?
The Copper Children: Our first show at the Gothic was really powerful for us. Probably one of our better shows. It was definitely a joining of the forces! We played with Aspen Hourglass, Tommy Freed and the Sound, and Morning Bear.
AXS: Have any Denver musicians inspired The Copper Children?
Andy: I grew up watching my cousins' band, The Reals, perform in and around Denver. Seeing how they moved the people and the feeling that I had when I left their shows definitely inspired my musical ambitions and current endeavors.
AXS: What projects are The Copper Children currently working on?
The Copper Children: We are currently working on finishing up our first collective album. We will have a CD release party and get down with the tribe! Also, we have a show at Cervantes on March 17.
Christopher Morgan: We are working on a project for inner peace and outer vision so that we may be able to see out of our eyes and help people believe! … It's a project called human life.
AXS: What else is The Copper Children involved in locally, either as individuals or as a group?
The Copper Children: We are all pretty active in our community of friends and family. Jamming with our friends, working our little jobs to pay the bills for now.
Elijah: I have a daughter! She is my family.
Andy Babb: I play music with lots of people, including my other group Andy Babb and the Big Beautiful Band. I also work as an Uber and Lyft driver.
AXS: Does the Copper Children have a goal in mind for the sound the band produces?
The Copper Children: Not so much the sound we produce but more the vibration we put out.
AXS: For someone who has never seen or heard The Copper Children, what would you tell them to entice them to watch your set?
The Copper Children: Tell them there'll be free popcorn...and bananas. And lots of opportunities to make monkey noises...and dance.
Elijah: These boys got a lot of feelin', and they play from the very bottom of their hearts, and love to make music. And you will probably love the music they make.
Zea Stallings: I would say what makes it accessible is that it’s easy to remember the words of the songs.
Andy: "We wanna knoooow"...
AXS: What would your ideal live show look like? Where would it take place? Any particular time of year? Would a specific band/musician share the bill with or open for The Copper Children?
Andy: I feel like there would be animals, and, uh, the people dancing, the sun is shining, maybe the rocks are red, maybe we are getting paid to make music..and be happy..with food in our bellies...and everyone is happy..and did I mention everyone is feeling good?! "Oh, and we are playing with monkeys on stage...Elephants...Giraffes
Christopher: [Monkey calls in agreement] The best show would take place wherever we are!
Elijah: We'd like to play with the Grateful Dead...but I don't think they'd like to open or not...
Zea: I want to play a show in a circular fashion...
Andy: ... like Barnum and Bailey...
Christopher: I would like to play a show with the nearest donkey...
The Copper Children: Realistically we would like to play show with our friends' bands The Al Capones, Intuit, and Mbanza.
AXS: What shows are you looking forward to over the next few months?
The Copper Children: Definitely looking forward to our CD release party in April and our show at Cervantes on March 17.
AXS: What do you enjoy most about Denver's music scene and why?
Christopher: Definitely the competition … because music is about WINNING! And if you can't win then why play?!
Andy: Oh, never mind, that's LA … What's nice about Denver is that everybody helps each other and supports each other in their musical endeavors. Its nice to have an awesome tribe and support system of other amazing musicians who we jam with quite often. Deeeenverrrr oh yea!!!