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Dangerous Cop/Dangerous Cop’s Jennie Cotterill is Punk Rock’s Finest Cake Baker


Like many different musicians, Dangerous Cop/Dangerous Cop’s Jennie Cotterill received hit fairly onerous when dwell music shut down due to COVID-19. She and her bandmates had simply kicked off a European tour, had been only a few months away from releasing their third album, The Experience, on Fats Wreck Chords, and had been usually making ready for a 12 months stuffed with punk rock.

When these plans fell by way of, Cotterill wanted each a brand new type of revenue and one thing to maintain her busy to stave off some quarantine-induced despair, and thus Jennie Bakes Issues was born.As an illustrator-turned-baker, the brand new enterprise gave her the chance to mix her artwork expertise along with her baking abilities — all with out having to depart her Southern California residence.

Whereas she’s spent a lot of the final 12 months and a half determining the ins and outs of working her personal enterprise, Cotterill has massive plans for Jennie Bakes Issues. With a gentle demand for her customized handmade muffins simply from an Instagram account alone, she’s targeted on taking the subsequent steps (like a web site, or not needing to personally stroll by way of each single element of each single cake with every consumer) and hopefully discovering some native cafes, report shops, and/or different institutions who would need to inventory a cooler of her lovely delicacies for these wanting a much less customized — and less expensive — expertise.

SPIN spoke with the Dangerous Cop/Dangerous Cop guitarist, vocalist, and visible artist about her new foray into the baking world.

 

 

SPIN: What made you resolve to begin a cake enterprise?

Jennie Cotterill: Nicely, I had picked up a facet gig between excursions working at a bakery about 5 years in the past. A buddy of mine who’s a pastry chef was like “I don’t have time to do these sugar cookies, do you want a facet job?” Then she left shortly after hiring me, and I turned the one baker there. I additionally studied illustration and 3D artwork, so I needed to lean on the abilities that I do have, as a result of I didn’t go to pastry faculty or something. I used to be like “Nicely, I’ll observe the recipes.. and I’ll make this look actually cool!” That turned what the bakery was identified for. Then at first of 2020, we had this report and an entire 12 months of tour booked out, and I lastly discovered any individual that I may belief to depart the bakery to after we had been touring. The bakery was so good to me, however they’d get mad as a result of we couldn’t solely supply this nice service six months out of the 12 months. I discovered this different artist who was additionally a pastry chef, employed her and left.

We went to Europe for 2 weeks earlier than COVID shut every part down and I got here residence. So I had stop my job, and now there was no extra touring, so I used to be simply piecing collectively work, like stitching masks and identical to scrapping issues collectively. My buddy needed a birthday cake for his daughter — as a result of being a baby in the course of the pandemic is brutal — so I made a cake for him. I don’t know why I used to be immune to having that be my job, however I believe I felt like I used to be betraying the job that I stop. I ultimately got here to appreciate that was foolish, and that is what I’ve survived on since. I freelanced so much as an illustrator and an artist through the years, however that is my favourite medium as a result of there’s a time restrict. You’ll be able to’t spend too lengthy on it or it will get stale and gross.

Is there something you realized from being in a band that’s been useful together with your cake enterprise or vice versa?

Nicely, I do know my artwork expertise undoubtedly assist each. Each band has to have an artist — in any other case your stuff appears to be like like shit or you must pay somebody to do it — in order that’s me. The backdrop I take advantage of to take footage of all of the muffins, I made for our report cowl. It was a 3D mannequin that wanted an enormous sky background, so I painted a few completely different skies, took it to my buddy to {photograph}, and this was the very best one. Then after we crashed residence after COVID, I needed to do a livestream and I used to be like “How do I make this not appear like shit?” So I hung it up and it’s by no means come down. So yeah, I used to be branding the band after which cannibalized it to model myself out of comfort with what I had available.

From a artistic standpoint, how does designing a cake evaluate to writing and performing music?

It’s humorous, as a result of I don’t think about “efficiency” a ability of mine. I’m on this band with these very proficient individuals, and typically different individuals’s strengths grow to be this funhouse mirror of the way you see your self. So I actually got here to not think about myself a performer as a result of I can’t bounce and scream and make all people go loopy. I’m extra of a artistic particular person, and I’m at all times making issues out of no matter is round, in order that’s what I’m doing right here. I’m at all times simply gushing music and art work.

Is there any recommendation you’d should another person who needs to get into the cake enterprise?

Nicely one factor that I’m at all times attempting to beat, is that I’m not a business-oriented particular person. I’m like “These are my expertise. I can do that. Hopefully, this may pay for issues.” For instance, my enterprise for the time being exists solely on Instagram, and there might be moments all through the day the place I keep in mind that’s not OK. I’m really assembly with a buddy of mine who’s going to assist me with a web site. Additionally, cleansing up the consumption is a purpose of mine, reasonably than sending emails and, God forbid, getting on the cellphone with any individual — which is actually how I take orders. I simply need to make it rather less messy, extra skilled and smoother. Generally I fantasize that if I had a 12-year-old little one they’d deal with my social media, however I don’t.

Anyway, you must be taught to account in your time. I’ve a tough time pricing issues actually, and once I do value actually, there is sort of a 50% attrition price and I simply have to simply accept it and never apologize. The choice is that I’m paying to provide somebody one thing — which I’ll if we’re associates and it’s a symbiotic factor, however not for a buyer who simply thinks it prices an excessive amount of cash. I’ve bought a cake from skilled bakeries and been disgusted and shocked at what they value. It’s like in [2008 film] Be Type Rewind, these are “sweded” muffins, it’s not off a menu. This isn’t some crap made in a manufacturing facility that lived in a freezer for 9 months earlier than it involves you off-center on a cake board. So yeah, I’ve needed to be taught what I’m price and be OK with individuals saying no or attempting to barter, as a result of I completely get that too. I don’t have quite a lot of disposable revenue, so I’ve sympathy for these individuals.

Is there anything that you just’d need to share in regards to the intersection of your pursuits between cake, music, and illustration?

Nicely, they’re all combined collectively in my desires typically the place I’m like making a cake on a bus out of no matter I can discover. That’s humorous to me, as a result of it’s like “Alright, you’re in all of all of it the best way.” I really feel like my music — whereas it does actually take me away from this work — has bolstered my enterprise, as a result of proportion of my buyer base is those who just like the band, which is fairly cool. Apart from at a present — and particularly in the course of the pandemic, which was so isolating — I simply assume that no one listens to any of our music or remembers that any of us exist or cares. So it’s form of cool once I’m midway by way of a cake with any individual they usually’re like “Oh, by the best way, I really like that report.” It’s like “Wow, cool! Thanks for listening to it — and for locating me and ordering a cake.”



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