5 Minutes With... Kozzie
The Wrap Up: What can we expect from the 'Koz The Kid 2' EP?
Kozzie: I’ve got Discarda, Big Shizz, Dot Rotten and Slickman on there. Production wise you’ve got people like Bassboy, Faze Miyake, Spyro, Rude Kid… the usual grime producers.
TWU: What do you want listeners to take away from the project?
Kozzie: I just want them to listen to it and understand that this project is my growth. Compared to the music I was putting out before, this is obviously a lot more up to date with what’s going on… it shows the new me and how I’m trying to sound moving forward.
TWU: Got any live shows coming up?
Kozzie: I’ll be back across the map closer to when the new music comes out, so stay tuned!
TWU: Who's your favourite female artist right now?
Kozzie: I’d say Paigey Cakey and Lady Leshurr as a duo; they’re probably the most exciting ones to me that are still making themselves busy at this time.
TWU: Who's your favourite male artist right now?
Kozzie: It’s a hard one but I’d probably still say Skepta, even though I haven’t heard his new material. When anything new from him comes out I’m excited to hear it beforehand so yeah, it has to be him.
TWU: If you could collaborate with anyone right now, who would it be and why?
Kozzie: It’d probably be Dappy. We built a relationship through him hearing my music and as a fan of what he does I feel we are similar characters, so a tune together would be a madness!
TWU: What genre most inspires you right now?
Kozzie: I’d say rap. Although I do grime, it’s still similar. A bit of commercial music has been [inspiring] too. People might not realise but when you mix the two together you can get a really organic sound.
TWU: What was the last album you listened to?
Kozzie: I don’t really listen to albums, but the last who CD I listened to – the most current one from the scene I am in - was Krept & Konan’s ‘Young Kingz’.
TWU: Can you tell us some of the best moments in your career so far?
Kozzie: ‘Koz The Kid 1’ got a chart position at 180 and was no.1 on the iTunes hip-hop chart for a time, and to do that with nobody putting money in was quite a massive thing for me. Also, doing a show in Czech Republic – just the venue and the way they feel – the music was just mind blowing.
TWU: What’s your favourite lyric of all time?
Kozzie: D Double E “You think you’re a big boy ‘cos you got a beard”. That is mad, even though it sounds so easy to say it’s just how he says it. You wouldn’t really want to go on the mic before him at Eskimo Dance!
TWU: What’s your poison?
Kozzie: Vodka and Red Bull. If you have a double three times, you’re finished! Why buy all these silly other drinks and waste your money? You might as well just spend it on three of these and you’re nice.
TWU: MTV are cooking you dinner, anything you want. What would you have?
Kozzie: Steak, chips, onion rings, garlic sauce, ketchup, Oreo milkshake, Sprite, hot wings - the hot hot ones - and sesame seed strips because they’re mad!
TWU: Blimey, that’s a lot of food. Blondes or brunettes?
Kozzie: Blondes ain’t bad but probably brunettes, I come across more of them!
TWU: How would your ideal Friday night go?
Kozzie: Most Friday nights are dead these days, but on a good night I’ll go to a club night like Bump as it’s somewhere I can get to from home in 15 minutes and get drunk!
TWU: What do you hope to achieve this year?
Kozzie: I just hope ‘Koz The Kid 2’ does well because it’s a scary thing when you don’t put out music for a while. As an artist it feels like a long time for your people to interact with your music again. I also hope I get to do shows in places I’ve never been to before, like big radio stages and festivals. I’ve done club nights for years and I want to go that one step further and do things I believe I should be doing by now.
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)