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GET TO KNOW: J. Kosmos

Having already turned out a riveting array of releases these last few years, fast-rising artist J. Kosmos returns once again to deliver his immersive new single 'Sixth Sense'.

Exploring more of that rich and emotive aesthetic he has developed over the years, 'Sixth Sense' makes for an incredibly smooth and passionate listen. With its laid-back flow riding across a sweeping R&B-inspired production throughout, he continues to shine as one of the more alluring names doing the rounds right now.

So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.

What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?

As a kid the first artist that had me mesmerized was Michael Jackson, the level of showmanship and performance inspired me to express myself through dance and music. The first time I found/listened to hip-hop it changed my life. Being young, the sonics of

tracks from 50 Cent, Eminem, J-Kwon and Chamillionaire acted like the soundtrack to my childhood. Outkast was the first band/artist that really opened my mind and ears to conscious rap. Music that was rooted in the soul that took inspiration from multiple genres.

Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?

When I was in primary I remember that even from such a young age my friends and I envisioned and tried to map out how we’d become stars in the music industry.

What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?

Being able to write music and lyrics is one of my greatest forms of therapy. It helps me to process a lot of what’s going on around me, the experiences people close to me face and the struggles/fights that are fought on a personal/private level.

The poetic and artistic element is also extremely important and pivotal in why I write music.

What is a song you wish you had written yourself?

I feel like you can never try to be another artist or try to sound like another artist, you can only be true to yourself but if I was to write a song for another artist I’d love to write a song for Billie Eillish or Beyonce.

If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?

At this moment in my career, the creative side of the process is what I find most enjoyable. To continually be creating and coming up with ideas for tracks, videos and projects is what I love to do. There’s a type of magic in this time, the time spent writing, the time spent in the studio and the time spent backing your dream. So to answer the question, to be continually growing as an artist and be fully absorbed in the moment is my mission.

Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?

Adele - being from North London performing and sharing a stage with Adele, will be a ‘pinch me’ moment.

Kendrick Lamar - not only is he one of my favourite artists but for me, he is one of the best performers of our time. The artistry and attention to detail made in his shows is what I aspire to achieve.

Little Simz - her artistry and use of live instrumentation at shows is incredible!

And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?

Asake, Adele, Snoh Aalegra, Dave, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Jay -Z.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself having a loyal, core fan base on a global scale. Setting up world tours and selling out big arena’s such as Madison Square Garden. I see myself releasing artistic projects in not only music but film/TV, collaborating with bigger brands and artists.

J. Kosmos' new single 'Sixth Sense' is out now. Listen to it below.


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