“I’ve always felt that real emotion and truthfulness makes for real music.”
Aryeh Cohen, trumpet player and music producer from Santa Barbara, California. Another great interview by Elizabeth Benitez. ENJOY!
Do you have a favorite instrument? Would you say there is one that you hold a special connection with?
Do you remember the first full song you learned to play?
What artists inspired you to create your own sound?
Think I heard word that you might have rapped back in the day?
Would you say hip-hop still plays a big role in your life? Who are you currently listening to?
Would you agree that both crafts correlate? Or would you say they are two entirely different lanes?
Writing is much more cerebral for me
How do you respond to the responses you receive from your listeners, friends, family?
I’m just grateful when people really connect to it.
Your early work, starting with Tuesday Sessions and 184.108.40.206, and leading up to Lately, they all carry their own emotions in a sense. I think even within each body of work, each song has its own meaning. Looking back, do you see the transparency of your growth?
What was your state of mind when going into the creating process of each project?
It almost comes off as 220.127.116.11 was more of a sentimental compilation of mellow-esque arrangements. You did include some hushed vocals, in “Cards.” Did you write those lyrics as well?
Is that you singing? Was it easy to bring that to life, as far as channeling harmonies?
Lately was definitely like a short and sweet type of project, loud yet serene. Was it kind of a teaser for Simmerdown?
With this more honed LP, Simmerdown, you channel so much and it really speaks volumes on the type of person you are. What is it like to process emotions and make them transparent in your music?
when the emotions were real and raw, the creative process flowed naturally. It was incredibly satisfying and therapeutic to capture and communicate the complexities of a relationship through music and lyrics.
Even the title plays into the messages underlined in the project and the atmosphere of it all; almost like, stop and smell the roses. Relax and unwind. What does it mean to you? Did you already have the name in mind?
From the moment you wrote the songs up to bringing them to life, what was the energy like?
I can spend an entire day working on a track and forget to eat because I’m so into it.
Manifesting something you’ve been planning is altogether a learning experience and great feeling. What were some things you took/learned from the process of making Simmerdown?
Do you have a personal favorite?
Something else that’s interesting is that you’re a traveler, and not just physically but spiritually, mentally. How do you personify and draw inspiration from other places than just your mind?
Speaking of traveling, would you say growing up in Santa Barbara helped shape your sound?
The vibes out here in Goleta work their way into my music all the time. Whether I’m waking up late on a sunny Saturday morning to birds chirping, or walking through fog on the Ellwood bluffs at dusk, I am constantly inspired by the natural beauty here, and the setting always influences my sound.