Cosmo Pyke

Freelance Musician — Peckham Rye

Name
Cosmo Pyke

What you do?
Freelance Musician

Describe your style in three words
Fusion of jazzy.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
I was having this conversation the other day. The first music I remember when I was a kid was Tom Jones, Sex Bomb. I never knew it was Tom Jones until this year.

What are you up to at the moment?
I just finished at The Brit School in May last year. I was there for four years learning about the production and performance sides of music.

I’ve been playing gigs every weekend for about a year and a half now of my own stuff but then before that, for five or maybe six years, I’ve been playing little gigs. I was on tour with Ratboy at the beginning of 2016 and then I’ve just come off tour again with this band called Jaws from Birmingham. I’m hoping to play more Europe shows, and also Festivals, ‘cause like my music’s very Festival. I think it works outside in the sun.

What influences your sound?
I listen to a lot of grime, always have, but I wouldn’t say that my music is grime at all. I think London definitely has a big influence on my sound and the lyrics I write. I’ve got an eclectic taste in genres so ‘Social Sites’ is very sort of jazzy and slow - that’s how I think music should be, you know?

Other songs in the EP have Ska influences; The Specials, 2 tone, Reggae… I’ve always been a big fan of Ska music, so it’s not even just present London, but the past too.

What kind of music did you listen to when you were growing up?
A lot of Joni Mitchell; my mum influenced me on that and Jimi Hendrix from my dad, plus Bob Marley and Michael Jackson too. My dad’s from Jamaica and my Mum’s from London. Joan Armatrading, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley and The Beatles as well. Yeah I listened to a lot of them and Jimmy Cliff as well.

Do you play instruments every day?
Guitar, yeah but I’ve always had a piano in my house so I’m doing piano lessons every Monday. I’m trying to learn all my music from guitar onto the piano so that I can switch from piano to guitar at gigs.

So you’re parents are musical too?
Yeah, my mum’s so cool, she’s really musical, and she plays violin in a folk band. Her name’s Rix Pyke, and she used to be in a comedy trio feminist group who became famous in the 70s.

Is there a song that you wish you’d written yourself?
I wish I wrote California by Joni Mitchel because the guitar, like the way she plays it, I still try and play it… but to this day I don’t know how to. But obviously I’m not from California…

Is there a song that you like that people might not expect you to?
I was singing that Lady Gaga song the other day. I was just walking and listening to the lyrics. ‘I want your love and I want your revenge, you and me could write a bad romance’. I was thinking, wow, those lyrics are kind of cool, ‘cause who wants to do that? Lady Gaga’s actually a pretty good songwriter.

Who do you listen to every day?
Joe Fox; I supported him on tour this year and he’s such a cool guitar singer-songwriter. He basically got picked up off the street busking by A$AP Rocky. He plays the same simple chords that Bob Dylan would play, but his lyrics are so catchy – and not in a cheesy way.

What’s the best gig that you’ve been to?
I saw Pete Doherty the other day in Kentish Town in the O2 Forum not so long ago. It was crazy ‘cause I’d never seen him before and I was so excited.

Are there any new artists you’re listening to?
Jerkcerb, he’s King Krule’s influence… from the same area as all of us so definitely him. He’s up and coming with a band called Horsey, they’re the best band in South London at the moment. They shot the video for ‘Arms and Legs’ all on snapchat filters. Sub Luna City, which is King Krule and all my friends’ rap group. They’re putting some new stuff out in 2017.

Dean Blunt, he’s not really new but he is new for me. I’ve been listening to him a lot.

Name
Cosmo Pyke

What you do?
Freelance Musician

Describe your style in three words
Fusion of jazzy.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
I was having this conversation the other day. The first music I remember when I was a kid was Tom Jones, Sex Bomb. I never knew it was Tom Jones until this year.

What are you up to at the moment?
I just finished at The Brit School in May last year. I was there for four years learning about the production and performance sides of music.

I’ve been playing gigs every weekend for about a year and a half now of my own stuff but then before that, for five or maybe six years, I’ve been playing little gigs. I was on tour with Ratboy at the beginning of 2016 and then I’ve just come off tour again with this band called Jaws from Birmingham. I’m hoping to play more Europe shows, and also Festivals, ‘cause like my music’s very Festival. I think it works outside in the sun.

What influences your sound?
I listen to a lot of grime, always have, but I wouldn’t say that my music is grime at all. I think London definitely has a big influence on my sound and the lyrics I write. I’ve got an eclectic taste in genres so ‘Social Sites’ is very sort of jazzy and slow - that’s how I think music should be, you know?

Other songs in the EP have Ska influences; The Specials, 2 tone, Reggae… I’ve always been a big fan of Ska music, so it’s not even just present London, but the past too.

What kind of music did you listen to when you were growing up?
A lot of Joni Mitchell; my mum influenced me on that and Jimi Hendrix from my dad, plus Bob Marley and Michael Jackson too. My dad’s from Jamaica and my Mum’s from London. Joan Armatrading, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley and The Beatles as well. Yeah I listened to a lot of them and Jimmy Cliff as well.

Do you play instruments every day?
Guitar, yeah but I’ve always had a piano in my house so I’m doing piano lessons every Monday. I’m trying to learn all my music from guitar onto the piano so that I can switch from piano to guitar at gigs.

So you’re parents are musical too?
Yeah, my mum’s so cool, she’s really musical, and she plays violin in a folk band. Her name’s Rix Pyke, and she used to be in a comedy trio feminist group who became famous in the 70s.

Is there a song that you wish you’d written yourself?
I wish I wrote California by Joni Mitchel because the guitar, like the way she plays it, I still try and play it… but to this day I don’t know how to. But obviously I’m not from California…

Is there a song that you like that people might not expect you to?
I was singing that Lady Gaga song the other day. I was just walking and listening to the lyrics. ‘I want your love and I want your revenge, you and me could write a bad romance’. I was thinking, wow, those lyrics are kind of cool, ‘cause who wants to do that? Lady Gaga’s actually a pretty good songwriter.

Who do you listen to every day?
Joe Fox; I supported him on tour this year and he’s such a cool guitar singer-songwriter. He basically got picked up off the street busking by A$AP Rocky. He plays the same simple chords that Bob Dylan would play, but his lyrics are so catchy – and not in a cheesy way.

What’s the best gig that you’ve been to?
I saw Pete Doherty the other day in Kentish Town in the O2 Forum not so long ago. It was crazy ‘cause I’d never seen him before and I was so excited.

Are there any new artists you’re listening to?
Jerkcerb, he’s King Krule’s influence… from the same area as all of us so definitely him. He’s up and coming with a band called Horsey, they’re the best band in South London at the moment. They shot the video for ‘Arms and Legs’ all on snapchat filters. Sub Luna City, which is King Krule and all my friends’ rap group. They’re putting some new stuff out in 2017.

Dean Blunt, he’s not really new but he is new for me. I’ve been listening to him a lot.

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