Aaron Cohen is an undoubtedly confident and skilled artist originally from Seattle, but after grinding hard to make it big as a rapper today, he’s made NYC his home. On November 1st, Cohen will be coming to Los Angeles to perform at Dirty Laundry with DJ Honey and Amika Akaya.
In an exclusive interview, No Gossip La had the opportunity to ask Cohen some questions about his success, inspiration, and future goals.
For those who haven’t heard his music be sure to check out his SoundCloud and YouTube channel https://soundcloud.com/aaron-cohen
|Do any particular artists inspire your music style or lyrics?
Not consciously, but I listen to a lot of music and I know it influences me. I like artists who create their own worlds, like an MF Doom or RZA on Bobby Digital. I also love rappers who are good with melodies like Max B, Schoolboy Q, 50 Cent, Cudi, Drake etc. I love Kanye and Outkast too. I like rappers who really craft their music, not rappers who just spit bars, though there’s always a place for that.
Do you have a favorite song that you’ve made and if so what song and why?
That’s a really hard question. I have a song called Booyakah featuring Alexander Spit that definitely stands out as one of my favorites. It’s really dark and melodic, and I felt like I was on another planet when I wrote it. I’d say my favorite song varies based on my mood, and I tend to like my newest stuff best.
At would age did you realize this is what you wanted for yourself?
I was pretty young. I was probably like 13. It took me a few years to get confident enough to really pursue it. But once I made that decision I haven’t looked back.
What was it like chasing after that dream and how do you feel about the success you’ve had so far?
Most people act as if being a successful rapper is impossible, like you have to hit the lottery. I think there’s some luck involved, but you create that luck through hard work. Once you start chasing the dream it becomes addictive. I’m very grateful for everything that’s happened so far, I’ve been able to share my music with hundreds of thousands of people and traveled to do shows throughout America, Europe and Asia. This past year I did shows in 50 cities, 7 countries and 3 continents. To be able to do that as a truly independent artist is a really amazing, With that said, I’m nowhere near satisfied, I have so much to do and so much to learn. The accolades along the way just kind of serve to show you you’re not insane in pursuing your dreams.
Where would you like to be in 5 years?
5 years seems pretty far away. I’d like to get my fan base and platform to a pretty huge level. Once that’s accomplished I’d like to use that influence to shake up the music business and help shine a light on dope artists with original identities.
If you could collab with any 3 artists in the future who would they be and why?
That’s too hard of a question. I’d like to work with Max B or Cudi cause I think they make the best hooks. Nas cause Illmatic meant that much to me. And I’ll say GZA, just cause he’s GZA. Honestly, I could name a lot of people.
* Fans can RSVP for Aaron Cohen’s show at Dirty Laundry in Los Angeles Nov 1 by heading to https://aaroncohendirtylaundry.splashthat.com/