Producer and DJ, Cosher chats about new single and collaboration with Jimmy Nevis.
Cosher, one of South Africa’s most prominent music producers, has once again hit it out of the ball park with a summer single that is set to heat up the music charts this festive season. Featuring singer, songwriter Jimmy Nevis, one of South Africa’s biggest names in the music industry, Think I Might speaks of that feeling of meeting someone for the first time and immediately feeling a strong connection with them but can also be about someone experiencing romantic feelings for a long-time friend.
“Writing the song really came effortlessly to me,” says Nevis. “I’ve been wanting to create an official song with Cosher for the longest time, but it never felt right; until now.”
Cosher – aka Colin Sher, is not only a well-known producer and sound engineer who has worked with the likes of Chad Saaiman, Hopsin (USA), Janice, Mathew Gold and Youngsta CPT, but is also a revered DJ going by the name DJ Cosher, and is also one third of pop electronic trio ALT EGO. Produced at Cosher Recording Studios based in Cape Town, Think I Might is perfectly aligned with the sound of Cosher’s next album due to be released in early 2019, however, the song itself is most-definitely that of a classic Jimmy Nevis hit.
We got a chance to chat to the main man himself about his latest summer sensation single!
Thanks for chatting to us at Prompt Side! In a nutshell, who is Cosher?
My alias, DJ Cosher, is a combination of my first and last names Colin Sher. I am a DJ, a music producer, a studio owner, an ex-semi pro cricketer and am currently a medium level golfer.
When did the love for music begin and what do you love most about the work you do?
I first discovered my love for music when I was a child, I used to play guitar and share the stage with my sister who was on bass and backing vocals. More recently, my passion for DJing sparked an interest in pursuing it further which lead me to music production and sound engineering. What do I love most about my job? Being able to share my love for music with others. I know it sounds cheesy but in high school I was the guy that used to run up to friends in the corridor and play them my latest downloads of polyphonic ringtones. Playing new music to a full crowd is a magnified version of that.
You’ve just dropped a new single, ‘Think I might’. Could you tell us more about the inspiration behind the track?
The inspiration came quite naturally in the studio session with Jimmy. I was targeting a specific sound and style and he wrote the lyrics with me on the day, it was pretty inspirational all around.
The track features singer/songwriter Jimmy Nevis. How did the collaboration come about?
Jimmy Nevis is someone I have worked with quite a lot over the last few years and we always seem to work really well together. When I mentioned to Jimmy that I am busy working on an album and that I wanted him to feature on a song, he was keen.
Can you describe briefly how the two of you worked together?
At first we both discussed the style and type of song we wanted to make. I wanted to blend our two “styles” together, so we decided to attempt making a R&B pop-infused dance track. After we had a starting point of the guitar loop and chord progression, Jimmy got started writing lyrics while I refined the track structure and first parts of the production. Once Jimmy had his lyrical ideas and I had enough of a structure to work from, we stayed up late to combine our efforts and work towards finishing the song.
Are there any artists or music makers that you draw inspiration from?
Kygo and Sigala are international producers that I look up to, their music is always uplifting and innovating with beautiful chord progressions and song structures. Locally I really admire the work that GoodLuck and Goldfish do.
You’ve worked with a number of industry giants both locally and abroad. What would you say has been the highlight of your career thus far?
There have been many highlights of my career both as a producer and as a DJ and I wouldn’t be able to only name one. Perhaps having the likes of Hopsin and T.I. recording in my studio would be something I am proud of, from a “big name” perspective. The success of each artist and song that we work on is just as important, and sometimes the success of a smaller upcoming artist can be a lot more satisfying. I am most proud of the production I did with Janice on her single Liar Liar, as it was the first song that I produced to have gained major radio airplay and chart success.
If you could work with any artist in the world, who would it be and why?
Ed Sheeran would be my first choice, he is so talented and he seems so down to earth in relation to his success. I can imagine a collaboration with him would be one to remember…but I would still ask David Guetta to remix it.
You’re about to drop a new album in the next few months. Can you tell us more about what we can expect?
The album is a representation of the kind of music I want to be known for. It ranges from high-energy dance tracks to cool house songs and one or two remixes too. Each song on the album has a story and many of the songs feature artists that I have worked with along the way. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
Moving through the end of the year and into 2019. Are there any places, events or festivals you are particularly looking forward to?
I am looking forward to continuing my residencies at Cocoon and SoCal, and continuing with my involvement in the pop electronic group, Alt Ego. I will be DJing for the Gypsy Kings Concert, so that is also very exciting.
Look out for Cosher’s next album, dropping early 2019, which will feature a variety of top local and international performers he has had the opportunity and honour to work with over the years!