Eighteen year old, South London native, Cosmo Pyke (which is his real name incase you’re wondering) is a serious breath of fresh air. The multi-instrumentalist combines a mix of blues and jazz with hip-hop elements to create a unique genre blending sound.
Usually found hanging with friends in his home-town, Cosmo Pyke spends his days writing music, skateboarding and spray-painting new artworks. His influences range from A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Joni Mitchell, Hiatus Kaiyote and David Bowie.
Attending Brit School was where he found his love for performing live, and playing the guitar, bass and drums. No stranger to the stage, he supported Rat Boy on his UK headline tour earlier this year and was scouted as one of Dazed and Confused’s ‘coolest London boys’ this summer. Joining forces with Grammy Award winning producer Fraser T Smith for his forthcoming EP, “Social Sites” is just the beginning of Cosmo’s exciting journey.
WITH THE ARTISTS THAT HAVE INFLUENCED YOU, IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIFIC ABOUT THEIR MUSIC THAT HAS INSPIRED YOU?
Joni Mitchell, Homeshake, Conan Mockasin and the Kooks have really influenced my writing process. In terms of my style, I’ve basically created that on my own and it is my Caribbean heritage that has played a part in the creation on my musical talent, however my mother taught me how to play my first chord.
WOULD YOU RATHER SKATE OR CYCLE THROUGH PECKHAM?
Skate or cycle? That’s a difficult one; I may walk right now, as I don’t have a bike or a skateboard at the moment! My bike is at a friends house, and my skateboard recently snapped.
WHAT KIND OF BOOKS DOES YOUR DAD GIVE YOU TO READ?
Ones about dreads, architectural movements, Jazz And biographies of musicians.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE PEOPLE TO REMEMBER YOU?
As the guy who brought positive music and energy to this dark time.
IS “COOL” A WORD YOU WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF, OR IS THE WAY YOUR MUSIC IS DESCRIBED A REFLECTION OF YOURSELF TOO?