What's your name? How did you get started?
My artist name is Cozy, but most of my people call me Cam. I came up in Stone Mountain, Ga with my siblings, my mom, and my grandparents.
My interest in music always came from my Pops though. He put me on to a lot of the old school rap, so I've always had my ear open to something with more bars than anything along with the smooth beats from that era. I keep up with some of today's music too. I got an eye out up for Dreamville, TDE, Griselda, and Freddie Gibbs as of recently. I'm always tuned in whenever my folks from the Mound drop too. I love music because of the art of it is really. Putting together a song piece by piece, scheming rhymes, and switching flows all coming into one track made me appreciate the creativity that goes into music. I was rapping for fun through middle and high school and I was in the band from elementary to middle school. Those were the only times I did music on any level. Throughout the years I got a couple of tracks in the vault but never dropped them cause it wasn't my focus. Last year, during my senior year, I picked back up on some old school Wu-Tang Clan and Nas and it sparked a fire on my pen a little bit and I just got to it. I've been on a steady grind ever since keeping up with life as well, but I did have time to drop a nice catalog of singles along with an EP and a tape and the year's not even over yet. I also just got into producing so I'm constantly working on the craft.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
I'm self-taught in my music. I only write as of now so it's all mental.I just started learning how to produce my beats and as of right now it's been trial and error just toying around with the DAW's, Midi controllers, and all the different sounds I can find. My favorite source for tips and tricks is Youtube. There's a lot of musicians and creators on that platform that drop gems on a daily, plus it's free so that's a major bonus.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I've collaborated with peer artists from the Mound and a couple of mutual people from outside areas too. Most of my features come from 1031 Juice or Getaway Kam. I keep my music tight-knit really, so I usually spit with people I hang around. I have plans to work with some other artists too and I'm always ready to creatively connect.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
My biggest influences were J. Cole, K-Dot, Chance, and Joey BadA$$. They always brought the type of music I could sit and digest. I also like a lot of old school artists like Wu-Tang, Tribe, Nas, Digable Planets, De La Soul, B.I.G, the list really could go on. My playlist right now is a lot of Spillage Village because of their versatility and Griselda and Freddie Gibbs because of their real bar talk type of flows.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
Just promotion honestly, but that comes with time and learning how to get my name out there more.
How would you describe your sound and style?
I think I have a chill, smooth type of flow. My music is a reflection of me so it's a lot of kicking back and looking at life.
What are some of your goals this year?
My goal is to start releasing music fully produced by me from top to bottom. No rush though, these things take time and I want to make sure my sound is really solid and gives the feel I want it to.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
Realistically speaking I can't say. I haven't broadened my scope enough yet to working outside of the people I've been consistently working with just because I'm still getting my craft tight.
What is your creative process like?
I take a lot of time to think about what I want my songs to say. Once I find what I want to convey and find my footing on the first couple of bars, the pen carries the rest of the way.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
Any burger paired with any milkshake is fine by Cozy.