Singer-songwriter Cobi's rise to fame has been eye-catching since he's come on the scene as a solo artist. His hit single "Don't You Cry For Me," has resonated with fans all over, and has given Cobi a claim-to-fame with over 23 million streams and counting. He also made his late television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He's currently on tour and performing at several venues, including festivals, with dates at Hangout Music Festival and Electric Forest. We chatted with Cobi in between tour stops about him performing solo, the music he loves the most and more.
AXS: You were previously in a well-known band, and now you're playing solo. What's that ride been like for you, and how have things changed for you personally and professionally?
Cobi: The ride has been like playing connect the dots. Everyone you meet along the way is somehow connected to someone you already know. When you start to see all those connections come together in life, it's really exciting. In some ways, nothing has changed. I've always done the same things I do now. Write and record music, and play as many shows as possible. What has changed is the amount of energy that has accumulated behind the music from all time and energy put in.
AXS: Congrats on your recent single with it's Most Viral Chart rating with "Don't You Cry For Me," which is obviously a very special song...did you expect it to get as big as it has?
C: I always felt the song was special, but it really hit me when I started getting a hundred messages a day on my social media with people reaching out saying they were moved by the song and the video. I'm glad it found its way into people's lives. That's all I hope for my music at the end of the day.
AXS: What music that you grew up with do you feel your soul connects with the most?
C: All the music my parents listened to growing up like Neil Young, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Prince, etc. will always be dear to my soul. When I hear that music it takes me back to singing along in car rides or dancing in our living room.
AXS: You're currently on tour...what do you enjoy the most about touring? The least?
C: Sharing my music with people in a live setting is my favorite part of touring. That is the best way to get across the raw expression of the songs. Also meeting fans after shows makes all the traveling worthwhile. It's amazing to see how people from all walks of life can relate through music and bare witness to those connections being made. Part of the sacrifice of being on tour is spending long periods of time away from family and loved ones. You miss out on a lot of time with the people you hold most dear.
AXS: What's next for you and your music?
C: There are a lot of summer festivals coming up that I'm looking forward to playing including Bottle Rock, Bunbury and Lollapalooza. I'll be releasing a lot of new music this year that I'm really excited to share.
May 17 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
May 18 - Orlando, FL - The Social
May 20 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival
May 21 - Houston, TX - Love Street Music Fest
May 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
May 24 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole
May 28 - Napa, CA - Bottle Rock
June 3 - Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Music Festival
June 10 - Novelty, OH - LaureLive
June 15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe
June 22 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
June 29 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
July 1 - Warren, VT - Friendly Gathering
July 7 - Minneapolis, MN - Basilica Block Party
Aug. 4 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
Aug. 4 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Aug. 19 - Columbus, OH - Fortress
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