Q&A: Andy Jans-Brown & Coz*mic
What do you love about making music?
I love being in touch with my intuitive creative side and I love the process of bringing things from my subconscious into the world. It’s still very much a magic process for me even after studying music formally. I also love that music communicates directly from the emotions to the emotions. I always loved having deep and meaningfuls when I was growing up, or heart-to-hearts with my close friends. I still do, and when I play with my band COZMIC I really get a sense that we are communicating with each other in a deep way.
When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc?
The album is out now through iTunes and CD, baby. It’s also available at Greville St Records. But you should be able to order it through any record store. The first gig of our launch is in Melbourne at The Grace Darling on Sat July 28. We’ll be supported by Glory B and DJ Iron Mike (Junkyard – PBS).
What inspires or has influenced your music the most?
I think that my music was inspired at an early age. Music has always been a way in which I relate to life. My guitar has been a best friend to me. It has been there on my saddest and happiest of days, both in celebration and commiseration. When I listen to the music I love that it seems to know just how I feel and it grows as I grow. It’s a beautiful thing. I feel that I commune or connect very deeply with that abstract complex psychological inner space that spends a great deal of its time in darkness and unknown. Music, melody and a good lyric shines a light upon that darkness. It teaches me, it liberates me, it soothes me.
Describe the worst gig you have ever played.
The worst gig I’ve ever played was with my old band iris. We got to open for Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds in Sydney and Brisbane. Sydney was first. The Hordern Pavillion. My first big gig. It was horrible. An initiation by fire. I could see Warren Trout, our drummer, was hitting the snare but couldn’t hear it until it bounced back from the far wall. The sound was alienating. I couldn’t connect. I had to pretend, dig in and do my best. I had such high hopes for that gig. It was so disappointing. Eating a sandwich with Nick Cave afterwards, he asked me how it was? “Overwhelming”, I replied and he laughed.