Born Eric Matheus, South Florida-based producer Cosmic makes his debut on our page this week with an in-depth look into the man behind the music. Having made a name for himself over the years, the young upstart is looking to take it up a notch. We had the chance to sit down Cosmic for an exclusive interview where we talk, early musical influence, favorite musical project, and much more. Check out the new interview down below.
SL: How did you start making music and what gave you the motivation to stay with it?
Cosmic: So it all started when I was around 14, I already had a familiar idea with the music that was on the come up back around that time like EDM, Dubstep, and Trap. I used to create these playlists on Soundcloud that would just have a bunch of beats on them from these Soundcloud producers all around the world. It fascinated me that there were so many with such little following yet so talented at the same time. This is what really inspired me to start making music myself, especially after coming across an FL studio ad on a public library computer that was supposed to be used to study for my next upcoming final. After downloading the demo and messing around with it for a couple of months I started to get the hang of it, however, it definitely was a struggle starting off. During that time there wasn’t that much content/ tutorials as there is today on how to use Fl studio and all that so most of the time I was teaching myself. Also thanks to a couple of individuals who helped me from the start such as helix, ayothegawd, and tre richmond these people really gave me that head start to music production by either hooking me up with kits or just giving me advice. I think what keeps me motivated with music is simply the passion I have for it. I’ve been making music for 6 years so far and I don’t really plan on stopping like it’s definitely been a journey and huge learning experience for me that I wouldn’t change for anything.
SL: Being from FL, how is the underground music scene out there?
Cosmic: Coming from South Florida there’s definitely a huge music scene over here especially the underground scene. So much talent I’ve discovered from not only artists but producers as well. It’s for sure a scene that has been heavily impacted and progressed by the works of XXXTentacion, Ski mask the slump god, Smokepurpp, Lil pump, Denzel curry, Kodak Black, Yung Simmie, Wifisfuneral, and many more.
SL: Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
Cosmic: This is a hard one to answer because I got so many unreleased projects that I’m sitting on, however, I really do enjoy working with artists in person specifically artists like Apollo1027, Juslo, Mark Richards, and 561Renzo. I also really enjoy doing flips of songs and putting my beat over it.
SL: What do you like to do for fun outside of working on music?
Cosmic: Well if I’m not doing music I’m either gaming or just hanging with friends but usually, I’ll be able to incorporate and balance all three of those throughout the week so I don’t get burnt out or anything. Also staying in shape is important for me because not only does it keep me healthy but also it helps with my music production and mindset.
SL: Did you have any early music influences? Who were your favorite artists growing up?
Cosmic: Growing up I was more into EDM and Dubstep like I would always listen to Deadmau5, Nero, Excision, Datsik, Rusko, Poseidon, Liquid stranger, Bassnectar, Avicii, tiesto, Martin Garrix, Armin Van buuren, Daft Punk, I mean the list goes on and on. However, once I came across Trap music I instantly was hooked. I started to really like the music by Hucci, Stooki Sound, TNGHT, Lunice, Mr. Carmack, SLIGHT, Troyboi, Flosstradamus, Loud Lord, and many others that I wouldn’t be able to fit here. However, as of now my biggest influences when it comes to music production will have to be Wondagurl, Eestbound, Pi’erre Bourne, SLIGHT, and Mike Dean.
SL: In what ways has your music changed since you began making music? Were these changes consciously made, or did they naturally happen?
Cosmic: I would have to say I’m a lot more versatile than I used to be, but that happened more naturally and over time. Like I would have never really expected to be making reggaeton or even genres up to indie 5 years ago. However, over time, I learned a lot from my experiences, especially the people that I’ve met and worked with so I’m able to adapt quickly to new genres and experiment with them whenever I need or feel like it.
SL: What has been your proudest moment in this process? What was a
a moment in which you could see the results of your hard work?
Cosmic: From the time that I started off to now, there’ve been many, I would have to say humbling and grateful moments that I’ve experienced whether its a placement with a big artist or just simply the amount of support that I receive. Probably one of the moments when I started to notice results from my hard work is when I saw my numbers gradually start increasing by the day. This meant a growth in plays, followers, engagement on multiple platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Pandora, and more.
SL: If you were to describe your sound, how would you describe it?
Cosmic: I would probably have to describe my sound as something that will make you hype, energetic, give you goosebumps, and just make you feel some type of way. I also like to make the type of music where when someone listens to it for the first time they’re like “yo who is this??” or like “who produced this??”
SL: What is next for COSMIC? What do you want your supporters to know about you?
Cosmic: I plan on continuing to do my thing with posting consistently on Soundcloud and other platforms but I’m also focusing more now on developing artists and working more with them. I also plan on dropping some merch in the summer which I’m really excited about.