#MusicExchange: Rapid-fire Q&A with cool music man DJ Cosher

With recent hit singles including Think I Might, featuring Jimmy Nevis, Just Come Home, featuring Chelsea Nicole, and his versions of the Mango Groove classics Special Star and Dancing in the Moonlight, Cosher is at the top of his game.

As a DJ going into his 13th year, he plays accessible house music, mashups and old-school hip-hop in Cape Town and surrounds. He is also one third of local act Alt Ego.

As a pop and dance producer at Cosher Recording Studios, he works with Jimmy Nevis, Mathew Gold, Janice, Kerwin, Chad Saaiman, Liam Burger, Tayla Hunter and Acoustic Element.

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Cosher, left, catches up with JImmy Nevis at Cosher Recording Studios in Cape Town. Image: Supplied

New track all about feelgood summer vibes

His recent single, I Love This Feeling, is a collaboration with Cape Town-based band Sunset Sweatshop.

The opportunity to collaborate came about during lockdown level five. Ideas were exchanged between frontman Ian Heyns and Cosher, who was living in his studio during level five. After a few back-and-forths, and contributions from other bandmates, a rough idea was created.

Once restrictions were lifted the completion of the track in studio was a smooth process.

Feel-good, uplifting summer vibes are blended with modern dance style production, which provide a platform for the unique and identifiable lead vocals.

The South African catches up with DJ Cosher

The new decade means?

The new decade means 10 more years to keep growing and sharing my music. 

Fame is about?

Fame is about being recognised by an actual stranger; the barman, taxi driver, waiter and petrol attendant. If you have to tell someone you are famous then you aren’t famous. 

Retirement will happen when?

Retirement will happen when the songs in my head stop appearing or when I lose my sense of hearing.

I don’t do?

I don’t do psy-trance.

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Cosher loves playing golf and is a big fan of Elon Musk. Image: Supplied

What does music mean to you?

Music means the ability to express myself in chords and melodies; to help portray a story that is being setup by lyrics. Lyrics tell you what you are supposed to be thinking, while the chords and melodies help tell you what you are supposed to be feeling. 

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

Hearing an original song on the radio by chance; even better if I’m on a date. 

Any funny moments on stage?

Many funny moments have been shared on stage, the most embarrassing being when the entire front-of-house sound system stopped playing the music, but I had no idea because my booth monitor and headphones were blaring. I was definitely the only one dancing for a few moments. 

Your heroes?

My hero is David Guetta, the perfect example of crossing over from his roots as an electronic producer to mainstream pop.

Which living person do you admire most and why?

The living person I admire the most is Elon Musk. No dream is too big for him, and he is the definition of forward thinker and pioneer. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My gold golf clubs for sure, specifically my driver and my putter. 

It’s your round. What are you drinking?

If it’s been a good week, I will be drinking a fruity and colourful strawberry daiquiri.

Dream gig to do?

Ultra Main Stage.

What makes you stand out?

I believe I have a way of making music that previously would have been considered underground music more accessible. 

Nicknames?

Col, Colly, Huss and Cosh.

If you were not a musician what would you do?

I would have been a cricketer. 

Pick five words to describe yourself

 Energetic, optimistic, playful, pragmatic, intuitive. 

Five favourite SA albums of all time?

  • Jimmy Nevis’s The Masses
  • Mandoza’s Tornado 
  • Goldfish’s Perceptions of Pasha
  • Goodluck’s The Nature Within 
  • Alt Ego by Alt Ego

Greatest movie ever made?

Captain Phillips.

What song changed your life? 

The song Like I’m Falling in Love, by Tom Novy, changed my life.

Who do you love?

My family and my dog Duey.

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Cosher’s biggest fear is that he won’t reach his full potential. Image: Supplied

What is your favourite word?

Delightful!

Favourite fashion garment?

A brown leather jacket that Callen Peterson from Alt Ego picked out for me.

Give us some real proper slang and what it means 

 “Send it.” That’s to just make sure we vibe something 100%.

Top of your bucket list?

To fly a plane. 

Your greatest achievement?

Outside of music and charts it would be to be a debt-free homeowner. 

What do you complain about most often?

Other people’s lack of punctuality.

What is your fear?

I won’t reach my full potential.

Happiness is?

A Sunday evening after a week full of work and a weekend full of gigs, on my couch with a takeaway and my dog.

On stage I tend to?

On stage I tend to not smile enough. I think it looks like I hate life, but I have a serious concentration face and am smiling inside.

The best life lesson you have been taught?

Get paid upfront. 

Do you get worked up while watching a sports game on TV?

I get very worked up watching cricket, but otherwise I am quite relaxed watching Formula One, golf, tennis or football. 

Where would you like to be right now?

Right now I am pretty happy where I am!

Do you do charity work; if yes, what do you do?

I donate clothes regularly and have been part of some great initiatives including feeding the homeless. There is always much more to do though and this is a big goal of mine for 2021. 

Wishes and dreams?

To continue on the path I am on, and to help uplift the music industry and create a wider platform for up-and-coming talents. 

Watch the new single from Cosher and Sunset Sweatshop below:

Social media

  • Instagram: @djcosher 
  • Facebook: DJ Cosher 

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