The latest news we’ve heard from Cozy in addition to his Eyes single, along with a perceptively visualized vid in the heart of Rotterdam. Throughout this editorial, Cozy discusses Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, The power of femininity, Upcoming EP, working on his sound , Affiliation with ANBU and more.
A cold Saturday morning paved a really interesting path for the MM team in Venlo, warm welcomed by Francisco and his mother, the cozy levels were real. Upon arrival we peeped a much younger cozy posed with his sister, but shrugged when the picture was pointed out. The inner kid resembled such a different view of the present. Moreover taking us to his workplace and room, the amount of energy had us shook, the peaceful ambiance and mellow vibes — Me and Your Mama by Gambino, added the final thrill. A photogenic Cozy takes a glass of orange juice and croissant by the hand as he poses for Sandra and awaits our planning.
Who would you say is your biggest style inspiration as you have a unique one.
Biggest style inspiration would be David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and Prince. I think that a certain level of femininity is very powerful for your masculinity, finding the inner woman within. I think that’s very strong. All my jewels represent something and are very valuable to me. In every song I write, I write about that. I truly believe that a feminine man is the way a man should be because the most powerful force in the universe is the woman.
How did cozy come about.
Well my name is Cisco as in Francisco, from there on we started brainstorming and we landed on cozy. Which fitted because I tend to fall asleep a lot, everywhere. Especially after drinking and consuming anything, my body is like okay it’s time to sleep now. I can’t even recall how many times I’ve fallen asleep in local döner shops or in the club. But then I had to change my name because Cozy was copyrighted and now it’s StayCozy, so that’s a bit rebellious I find.
How did the affiliation with ANBU gang cave in?
“The internet really. And of course Venlo cuz we’re all from there and the surrounding villages like Tegelen. It happened really organic, we all just felt it together. But Dylan and Jiri are like best friends forever, then the rest just started joining in to make a clothing line which is ANBU — A Nation By Us, creating a land where we feel comfortable creating our own shit, and just feel cozy “— pun intended. More went in to the way of music and shifted in to something else. Now that the boys are blowing up we sort of drifted apart because I am more musically English and more gentle, which they are turn up and musically Dutch. So its two different sides of the coin. But I am really proud of them and I wish them all the best.
So on, they have created their own genre which is Trap-pop, are you planning to ever go in this direction you’re busy with which is the trap/soul wave.
I think that every artist is slowly finding out their own pave and going to evolve further and further and I think that my thing is more going towards the 80’s. “I wanna go back but forward, evolve the things that were already there but with what we have now.” With the crazy amount of auto tune and technology we’ve got right now, with the different views on politics for example — I like to keep things relevant by telling stories. Such as Eyes, it was a story about starting in the morning and ending everything by the night, a heck of a relationship, taken by what we only had and that was the night. And Eyes is the positive perspective of that, a poem I wrote about a beginning that went on for too long, which blossomed in to Blind, the aftermath of Eyes. They contradict each other in context, title, visual, basically everything. At the time i didn’t expect them to differ from each other but the glock in the video showed a manifestation of anger I had towards everything, because no one deserves to be treated the way I was you know, but I was restrained and calm as well. The video really opened more doors for me, people don’t see me as a one hit wonder and it landed in the right crowd due to my aesthetics and sound.
Aside from collaborations how would you describe your sound.
I’m working on a lot of collaborations at the moment, but I’ve been noticing the more I focus on the collaborations the less space is left for self growth so I’m trying to shut that down and focus on me. I had his conversation with someone not too long ago about expressing myself in a different matter than woman, for woman and about woman. To be more punk and outgoing and not limiting on love. Writing music from a poetic point of view and I have the best producer ahahah, my best friend Kenzel.
I do not want to be limited but I do want to spread my thoughts, and hopefully I have a positive influence on people, and that’s really cool to me. I am a very vague person too so it’s different.
Because of my spirituality I see other people’s aura and color way faster than my own, so recently I’ve been avoiding mirrors. Mirrors are scary. And I use to be egoistic and superficial because that’s masturbation. I obviously look to check out for a sec but I usually tend to avoid. You know. I try to be a better person.