Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Cozine.
Nick, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Paterson, NJ but went to high school in Orange County, NY. My influences are all over, from Ne-Yo to Taking Back Sunday – I just have always loved listening to and discovering new artists and sounds.
My journey’s been a bit odd. I worked at a coffee shop for years before going to college. I just never knew what I wanted to do – and my peers who were graduating college were still struggling to find jobs. Not going to school right away pushed me to focus on what I truly cared about, which was writing music.
I would write, track, and record a song every day. When I would be at work, I’d spend my breaks cold e-mailing artists & producers. It was rough at first, I would get into my head when I wouldn’t get a response but it ultimately encouraged me more to keep hustling.
Finally, I got one e-mail back, then two, then they just kept rolling in. I realized that growing up in a small town about two hours from NYC did limit me to basic networking, since it wasn’t so easy getting into the city but I found a way to do so remotely and just focused on that.
Eventually, I enrolled into school, I knew that if you wanted to pursue anything, you needed to be surrounded by like-minded people. I used school as an opportunity to intern & meet people in the music scene in NYC and it truly taught me so much.
I interned for some great companies & some not-so-great companies. And those experiences will always be tied to you. The most valuable lesson I learned was to treat the interns the same way you would the CEO. It costs nothing to be nice to someone & I bring that mentality into everything I do, including sessions.
Before graduating, I was offered a job at a hedge fund, where I left for a startup. Both allowed me to move to Brooklyn & LA, where I continued to work on music and start producing.
All of my free time was split into either creating or outreach. I’d say ‘yes’ to every opportunity & session. And I’d keep in touch with every person who ever had responded to me. Eventually, those e-mails put me in the room with artists & producers I’ve looked up to my entire life.
Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely not. I don’t think anything is truly a smooth road. I wouldn’t want to be handed everything, that takes the fun out of learning, growing and finding yourself.
Everyone starts out trying to get into one another circles and make connections. Through my journey as an artist and producer, I think it’s crucial to be careful on who you let in to your circle. I want to work with anyone and everyone but if I can be blunt, not everyone cares about you or your goals, so I am at times cautious. I have had beats, fully produced songs and more taken from me. That’s just a terrible experience.
Also, I have struggled with balancing opinions/advice from other people. Everyone has some sort of way that “they would handle a situation.” I learned to take advice, but ultimately stick with my gut. I never want to put out music, or any production that I’m not 100% happy with.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My artist project is MNYS. I just put out my first single called “UNSAD.” I haven’t released any music since 2017 as I was solely focused on helping others, which truly helped elevate my writing and production skills. “UNSAD” was written/produced all from my bedroom with two of my closest friends here in LA (Adam Genie & Derek Proch). Being in bands growing up, I’ve dug back into my roots in the style of what I want my sound to be moving forward. My next release will be in May.
In addition to working on my own project, I continue to write/produce for other artists as well.
Some people I’ve worked with are Dylan Matthew, OnCue, UPSAHL, and a new artist, Kova, who I met through Hitway.
What sets me apart is my self-sufficiency & drive to bring a vision to life. When I’m brought into a session, I’m able to to both write and produce – which I’ve realized is very uncommon.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think Hollywood/LA is definitely a place to consider if want to write/produce. Like I mentioned, I was near NYC growing up, and then eventually moved there. The hustle of NYC is unmatched, but LA has a special place in my heart because it has allowed me to meet more like-minded people in a short amount of time. But, I will say, you can make or do music from anywhere – just never stop working & networking.
Do I wish I had moved to LA a bit sooner? Sure. Do I regret it? No – it was part of the journey.
- Website: mnysmusic.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mnysmusic/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mnysmusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mnysmusic