When Cozzicole recorded his first song in 2008, he was just on a mission to have fun. In 2020, he has a budding career in music, a banging single, and an extended play (EP) to consolidate his place as Afropop’s newest son.
On that sunny Tuesday afternoon, Cozzicole had driven to the MetroLife office with his manager, Pedro, and location manager. This was at the backdrop of his recently released EP, FeelCozy. That body of work has exceeded expectations, especially coming from the fact that it is by a resident Imo artist. Cozzicole says he was also surprised when he received calls from his friends informing him that his EP was number one on the Nigerian iTunes album chart. “It was a break through for me, honestly, because I have always dreamed of my album coming out but not like coming out to be at the top. One day I got a call from friends like have you checked your EP on iTunes? It started from number 2, then number 3, number 4, number 5, and back to number 2, and then number 1”, he says.
Cozzicole‘s story is one that has played out one too many times in the Nigerian music industry. He had the desire to go into music at a very early age but didn’t have the guidance to move forward nor the financial backing to fund it. So he resorted to making music for fun. In 2008, while in senior secondary school 2 (SS2) in Owerri, he recorded his first song. He would go on to record series of other songs which even though were released didn’t make it past his friends and family. “I continued making my music until now, because I was just doing the music for fun, you understand, I was just like let me go to the studio, record, send to my friends. So I was just doing it within my friends until I started watching other artists making money from it and I was like wow, e be like say na this thing wey go give me food chop o, you understand”, he continued.
In 2015 however, he began to take his music more seriously. Five years later, he would release his debut EP, and a banging single “Yay and Nay“, shooting up his career in the music industry. And with firepower productions from Mactones, Wisedon, Waveboi, and Whytemagik, all from the local music industry in Imo state, the FeelCozy EP has exceeded expectations introducing Cozzicole as one of the newbies of the Afropop genre in Nigeria. With a remix of the body of work’s single “Yay and Nay” in the works with Nigerian artist, Chuddy K and a possible single with either Joeboy, Superboy Check or Fireboy DML in 2021, Cozzicole hopes to solidify his place in the Nigeria music scene as Afropop’s newest son.
Sitting in that office space with me, Cozzicole tells me about his journey so far, but more so his plans for the future.
Tim Uwakwe: I heard this is your first attempt at music.
Cozzicole: Not my first attempt at music. For the past uhm, how many years I’ve been doing music. So I’ll not say it’s my first attempt at music.
So when did you start doing music?
Uhm, I started doing music right from secondary School. As of my SS2, I’d recorded my first song in 2008. I used to do online stuff and radio but at a time I stopped. Then came back again.
Which secondary School was that?
Comprehensive Development Secondary School Owerri. I finished around 2009.
How well did your first song do?
I still have the song. “A girl I care”, that was the title. I put it on my.notjustok.com. That was where I kept it then.
After 2008, did you continue making music?
After 2008 I didn’t stop. I continued making my music until now, because I was just doing the music for fun, you understand, I was just like let me go to the studio, record, send to my friends. So I was just doing it within my friends until I started watching other artists making money from it and I was like wow, e be like say na this thing wey go give me food chop o, you understand.
So when exactly did you professionally start your music career.
Professionally I think in 2015.
So how did you pick yourself up in 2015.
Yeah, I have been working with my friends from way back. I decided to work with them because they understand what I want. Like most times when I go to other producers, they’re like, they don’t really give me what I want so I needed somebody very close to give me what I want.
Who are these producers?
Mactones. We lived together, you know, before he moved to Lagos. So he understood me very well and he’s making beats that suits the kind of thing I want. Then Whytemagik, I met him in 2018. We recorded a song. But when he did a song for me that was yay and nay in 2020, I was like wow, this guy understands me. He mixed and mastered it while Mactones produced it but he was also playing the role of a part-time producer.
How many producers worked on the FeelCozy EP?
About four. Mactones, Wisedon, Whytemagik, and Waveboi.
Now the EP is number on Nigerian iTunes album chart. How did that come about?
It was a break through for me, honestly, because I have always dreamed of my album coming out but not like coming out to be at the top. One day I got a call from friends like have you checked your EP on iTunes? It started from number 2, then number 3, number 4, number 5, and back to number 3, and then number 1. I felt so blessed about it.
Why didn’t you include any features in the EP?
You know, I don’t want to say I didn’t really want to feature anybody. I just wanted to bring out what I had. The name of the EP is FeelCozy, that is feel what I have to offer or feel me. That’s why I didn’t feature anyone but maybe in my future projects I may have more people in.
Any projects in the nearest future?
Yes I’m planning on dropping my new single and I’m looking at January, you know my EP is still on. And I have Fireboy, Joeboy, Superboy Check in mind.
Have you gotten any co-signs from bigger artists concerning your EP?
So far yes I have. I have uhm Chuddy K and the response was nice. He wanted to jump on the song (Yay And Nay) but then my time in Lagos was kinda up, you know, I wanted to come back, so I now shifted the collabo. I’ve also gotten reposts by MI Abaga, Charts Africa and several other young artists.
Thank you so much for coming around
Thanks I appreciate.