We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Cozine and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nick, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the biggest factor is the people around me. We’re all on the same page when it comes to navigating the industry – what our mutual goals are and how we’re going to reach them. As you progress, it becomes harder to identify who comes around for the hang or for the long run. But if you have a core crew and foundation, it becomes easy. I wouldn’t be anywhere I am today if it wasn’t for the people around me, both inside and out of the industry.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My music is driven from the truth about my life. I won’t put out a single song or even word that isn’t true to what I’ve experienced. I think it took me a long time to get to that place of storytelling and what sets me a part is that there is only one me. No one else can share that story.

My biggest achievement is that I’ve grown out of the state of comparison. I know exactly what I want to say in my music and don’t let others deter me from saying it – even if they think it’s cliche or not their cup of tea. Find another cup of tea. I used to care a lot about that sort’ve stuff. These days, I’m completely tapped out of that loop. It took years for me to get comfortable talking about the uncomfortable. But all of my best work has come from leaning into the things no one really wants to talk about.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is that this journey is what you make it. Most of what you’re surrounded by is the smoke and mirrors of an industry. So a lot of people – who don’t have your best interest – will try to tell you what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Ignore it. If it feels right to you, it’s right.

I want the world to know that my story is a traditional underdog story. And I relate a lot more to those people then I do to most others.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d go to the beach – probably Malibu or Huntington Beach – where you can bring dogs! There’s a great dive bar in the valley called Pineapple Grill – so we’d hit that for sure. I’m not really a big restaurant person – but rather grab something quick to go and hit one of the movies in a park. You can’t go wrong with most sushi or Mexican food really here – but Hugo’s in Atwater is a great spot in a lively area.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Chandler Chruma | letsnotbestrangers Adam Genie x Derek Proch | byegone
Christian Ellett
The Bus Songs
Pure Noise Records

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Image Credits
Orange Photos – Skyler Barberio https://www.instagram.com/skylerbarberio/ Remaining Photos @letsnotbestrangers

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