INTERVIEW: COWLIN




How and when did it all start for you and in your opinion just how much have you changed as an artist and as an individual over the last few years?


Maybe when I was like 12/13 I think I first got involved in music. My godfather was a DJ back in the day so he helped me out massively with stuff I didn’t even know existed. I had no idea that a computer could be used to make music! I used to go to his and listen to trance music, then feel inspired and throw loops together on his computer not really having a clue what was going on. I then got a copy of a piece of software called ‘Ejay’ for one of my Christmas presents which just consisted of hip hop & grime loops. I used to spend endless amounts of hours putting loops together, then recording myself and my friend Mat rapping into a gamers headset. We done this for quite a while, and had named ourselves ‘Dizzy & Matty’ which soon got around the secondary school we were in on peoples mobile phones. So yeh I started with trance music, then moved over to hip hop and grime, now am making house music!


Can you tell us a bit about the creative process behind the making of older albums/ EPs in comparison to some of your more recent work? Just how different are they in terms of sound and lyrics, and what were some of your inspirations?


I'd say my productions are more full with percussion sounds now, whereas before my productions were more synth orientated. Although I do still use synths I just don’t use them in the same ways I used to.





Has there been a moment in your career that made you doubt your own skills or dislike the industry that you are in? what are some of the difficulties you have faced and how did you overcome it?


Quite often but you have to look past it. I understand record labels get flooded with demo’s everyday but when you send them a tonne of music and no one even gets back to you it really does knock you down. Especially when i will only send demo’s to 1 record label at each time. Sometimes they get back to you, sometimes you are left waiting. I am still waiting back from some labels I have sent music to last year. Ha! But then again, record labels that I sent music to when I first started producing who didn’t acknowledge me are now contacting me and signing my music.

Also another thing when you help people out, then when it comes to them helping you back out you don’t get a reply. But that’s life I guess!


With that being said, has there been a moment so unbelievable/unforgettable that really marked you?


Every time I sign music to my favourite record labels that I once used to dream about signing too is unforgettable.

You have played some festivals, clubs and you have been all over, what are some of your favourite songs to perform live and why?

Hmmmmm, I never know what I am going to play. Before each set I always organise a playlist of tracks I’d love to play, but always go back and forward between previous playlists. Quite often I like to go back to my 2012-2015 play lists, so many old school bangers!


What has been your favourite show ever, and what is it that makes an audience good?


I enjoy every show as I love playing to crowds. Probably my favourite was playing Lockdown festival a few years back. The festival was a sell out and I had a peak time set. Before I had got on the tent wasn’t as busy as I had expected. By 15/20 minutes in the whole tent was full. Such a good feeling controlling that many people! I could have happily played for hours!


What artists do you listen to on daily basis?


I listen to so many, mostly people I have met through music etc although I do love what a lot of record labels are doing as well. Artists such as Joshwa, Ben Murphy, Murphy’s Law, Vax, Pavzo and Jovan with his new project Illusory. Record labels Little Festival, Libero, Kaluki, Under No Illusion, Swerve Digital, Cocoa, NastyFunk plus a tonne more which I could go on for days. I listen to a good mix of music when not

In the studio or performing. House, tech house, deep house, techno, hip-hip, grime, some drum and bass and everything in between.


Times have changed significantly; the digital era has made everything more accessible, and music has been made available on apps- it’s all just a few clicks away. But many music lovers are now choosing to start recollecting Vinyl’s and CD’s, why do you think that is?


I actually recently whilst on lockdown found all my old CDs from when I first started performing out and was great to find so many classic tracks that I used to play when I first started becoming a DJ. So many songs I had forgotten about! I think the recollecting of vinyl is from people who have always loved vinyl.


In the past few weeks Covid-19 has been a major world issue, and many countries have decided to go on lockdown and completely close boarders; how has that affected you personally and professionally?


Well it has pushed my biggest release on my favourite record label back as was meant to be coming out for the summer which is annoying! Also I very much doubt there will be many bookings for the rest of the year which is also annoying! But, we must carry on and everyone else is in the same position!


What’s next for you? Are you currently working on any new projects or planning new events?

I am constantly working on new productions, at the start of the lockdown I was completing projects so fast. I do feel like personally I am struggling with motivation at the moment though and projects are taking a lot longer to complete. I really don’t think that there will be any events in the UK for the rest of the year, so having to adapt by doing live streams and doing a lot more guest mixes on blogs and radio stations. I have never run an event before but when lockdown is over, I have an event idea I’d like to do!


Written by Sofia Mendonca


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