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Calgary’s DJ Cosm gets Dope Fresh [Interview]

Calgary, AB — Following the weekend release of Éternel Cosmique’s first album, Dope Fresh, HipHopCanada caught up with music producer Adam “DJ Cosm” Hicks to chat about the new album and his collaboration with Chicago-based artist-rapper Infinito 2017. Éternel Cosmique combines DJ Cosm’s smooth cross-genre production with Infinito’s tight rhymes and soulful raps. DJ Cosm was thrilled at the opportunity to further extend his musical reach and told us that Dope Fresh is only one of many upcoming collaborative projects. Check out our exclusive interview after the jump.

DJ Cosm gets Dope Fresh: New Éternel Cosmique album and Hip-Hop Karaoke bonding with Metawon [Interview] -

DJ Cosm: Q&A

Written by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

HipHopCanada: The mixtape is titled Dope Fresh. What are some things that you think are particularly “dope fresh”?

DJ Cosm: While Dragon Fli Empire was touring Europe, people kept referring to our music as “funky fresh.” This warmed me up to the idea of a more simplistic explanation of our music, which could transcend borders and language barriers. After I played the final cut of the songs for Infinito he instantly said, “These are dope fresh. That can be the name for this project: Dope Fresh.” I think everything about the album is “dope fresh.” I think it can also be seen as a nod to the good old days of rap when those words were used to recognize creativity and originality. I also think it’s important to mention that Infinito is an accomplished fine artist and created all of the artwork for Dope Fresh.


HipHopCanada: Metawon recently remixed the track “How to Dominate.” The two of you must be getting pretty tight because of your co-host bond over Hip-Hop Karaoke (HHK).

DJ Cosm: Metawon and I have been tight for years. The first time we worked together was in 2008 when he made a beat for Dragon Fli Empire’s Intermission EP. We also DJed a weekly night together for a while back then. He has contributed to nearly every project I have worked on since then. He is a genius and his work ethic is unparalleled. Whether it’s psychology, permaculture or music, he sees a bigger picture than most people. It was dope to see him move to Vancouver, get some exposure to the west coast, and build with cats like Azrael. But [it’s] also dope to see him return home after a few years.

HipHopCanada: So how do you guys bond over HHK?

DJ Cosm: [Laughing] We get tipsy and have a good time. It was a blast doing HHK and I’m exited for DJ Wakkut at the next one.

HipHopCanada: Dragon Fli Empire is playing Sled Island this year. You must be pretty excited.

DJ Cosm: Sled Island has always been very supportive of us. This year, festivalgoers can expect some dope new music from DFE. We’ve been working hard in the lab.

HipHopCanada: What else do you have coming up for us?

DJ Cosm: DFE’s fourth studio album, Mission Statement, drops this summer. Teekay also has a Calgary compilation called Psyycology coming soon. I formed a new collective with a brilliant producer-musician, Adrian Vermette (AJV). We go by the name Double Agent Media. We have a project on the way [that] blends the borders between live and electronic music with some dope MCs, to boot. We are also plugging away on an electro-funk album. That one will surprise people a lot.

HipHopCanada: Sounds like Dragon Fli Empire is still flying high. Any last words for the HipHopCanada community?

DJ Cosm: Be sure to follow us on Facebook or check for all kinds of updates. Much love and thanks a million to all our supporters.

Written by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada
Photography by Chris Beauchamp

Twitter: @DJCosm | @Infinito2017

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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