Aaron Cohen Playlist
Parallel Radio Interview :
Can you tell us a bit about you?
I’m an artist based in Queens, New York. I’ve been making music seriously for a few years.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m a pretty quiet person, and it sort of masks the fact that I’m really intense. I’m focused on making music, and everything outside of that (except friends and family) doesn’t really matter to me. People always think I’m laid back, because I don’t give a shit about most things, but the truth is I just channel all of my anxiety into my career.
What other career could we imagine for you?
I think I would have been an artist no matter what. I could have ended up as a visual artist or videographer. I enjoy drawing and making videos almost as much I like music. I can’t imagine pursuing a career that wasn’t creative. I’ve had plenty of normal jobs, I don’t like them.
What Music means to you?
Music is everything. Even as a kid I would walk around with headphones on all the time. My dad would tell me to take them off and join the real world. Haha, I never did. I can listen to or make music to feel any emotion I want. I feel a sense of indebtedness to every artist I listen to. It’s knowing how much music has done for me that lets me know how important it is that I make music for others to listen to. It’s corny, but it’s more real than fame.
Favorite project you worked on?
See Red. It’s my newest project. I’ve become a much better artist in the past couple of years. It was good to feel the progression and growth as I was making the music. Also, I traveled a lot while making this project. From New York to Seattle to Paris to LA. I think the energy from all of these different places gave me a new perspective and a lot of inspiration. I also learned to to tap into my aggression, and ended up making angrier more violent music. Which I think is a really fun process.
Your worst nightmare? Most beautiful dream?
I guess my worst nightmare is that I’ll get old and die and never have taken the time to really slow down and figure out what’s important in life. My most beautiful dream is to become my own favorite artist while remaining a decent person.
I’m about to release a new EP called Red New York. The EP was made over the summer in New York City. It has a really organic NYC sound and I think I captured the essence of the city. I’ve never had a project come together so easily and I think that’s a good sign. I think it’s going to resonate with a lot of people.
…What were you doing Saturday night?
I had some personal stuff going on, I was kind of M.I.A. last weekend.
What do you have in your pockets right now?
Pall Mall Menthols, a black lighter, my phone, keys to a couple different apartments, an MTA subway card, a Paris train ticket, a photographer’s business cards, $7, 10 € and 20 Swiss Francs.
…A last word in french for our french readers?
“J’aimerais pouvoir mieux parler français.”