Having the opportunity to speak with Dylan Cohl, also known as Cowboy Jones, was a realistic, raw experience. Talking with Cohl gave me the chance to see a deeper meaning behind his music and career. I was intrigued by his mannerisms, as well as the skills and mindset he has to offer the music industry. I hope you all enjoy this interview as much as I did. 


Q:  What background could you give your audience, about yourself? Where are you originally from?

A: I’m from Port Arthur, Texas. The same place as UGK. I moved to Houston when I was 11, moved around the city quite a bit, and I ended up attending North Shore High School. 


Q: What was it like being from the same are as UGK?

A: It means a lot honestly. I’m driven by the fact that I’m from that city. UGK has came and went and now it’s time to usher in a new sound and new leaders. 


Q: Would you consider yourself to be a part of that new sound?

A: Definitely. I feel I’m a part of Houston’s new sound as well. I know I’m able to stay ahead of the creative curve and I have an advantage being as I produce my own music for me and someone who is coming up in the city. 


Q: How long have you been producing? What’s one of the best songs you’ve produced for someone else?

A: I’ve been producing beats since I was 11 when Fruity Loops started to catch on. I think the best song I have produced would have to be a few records I made for Kirko Bangz a few months back, but they will probably never see the light of day because of his change of direction in sound. That’s kind of how the game goes as a producer dealing with artists signed to labels. You will have a number of songs that won’t be released, but it keeps me hungry and let’s me know the dream is real and attainable. However, Rocky Banks and I made a really heavy record recently that I am thinking about releasing soon. 


Q: How would you describe your sound as a producer and rapper?

A: I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s me. I’m versatile, I’m able to rap over anything, and I can make any style of music. I’m trying to build a sound that’s tailor made for me, so when you hear the beats, you’ll know it’s from Dylan Cohl. I’m focused on composing full body’s of work now, so I study everything I do and I’m particular about my sound. 


Q: Who/What do you study and consider to be your musical influences to create this versatile, taller made sound?

A: It started with J Dilla and Timbaland, then I fell in love with Pop, House, and Disco music. I started listening to Jai Paul, Flying Lotus, Robert Glasper, and numerous artists that were collaborating together. That’s when I started to understand and craft my own vision from what I was inspired by. N.E.R.D is one of my favorite groups, for sure. 


Q: Do you have a creative process for producing or rapping?

A: I don’t really have a process, I just let the music come to me, naturally. 


Q: Do you have any projects that you plan to release any time soon, or this year?

A: I’m finishing up Cowboy Jones 1.5 now. It was supposed to have already released, but my team and I decided to work on some more records for it, but Cowboy Jones 2 will be released by the end of the year. 


Q: What is your anticipation for Cowboy Jones 1.5?

A: I’m planning the release of it carefully. I’m lining everything up this time because I need to formulate a buzz with this release. I’m makilgnoise, but it’s time to take it to the next level. I’m going to make sure videos are shot before the tape comes out. This mixtape is an extension to Cowboy Jones: 2000 & Beyond, so Cowboy Jones 1.5: Days in the East will be the first competition of the first installment to Cowboy Jones. 


Q: How will Cowboy Jones 1.5 be different from your previous releases?

A: This installment is edgier than the first one. It’ll sound better sonically, everything is a process and I’m growing with each song I make. I’m just focused on showcasing the growth in my sound. 


Q: I know this might be a spoiler alert, bt what song are you most excited about presenting to your fans?

A: I really couldn’t say. This tape is going to have so many great moments. All I know is, you’ll be hooked as soon as you hear the intro. The songs on this tape all have potential to do something alone, so I’m glad I can put a cohesive body of work together. 


Q: Recently, I have seen some promotion on your page about SXSW. What are your goals for the festival this year?

A: I’m really staying lowkey and sticking to the grind. I have one show booked for SXSW and then I’m back in the studio. I’m working for 2017, honestly, trying to get placements and my brand off the ground. I know what needs to be done to get to where I want to be, so I just have to be prepared for it. 


Q: Finally, who would you like to work with in the future? What do you hope to be the end result for your music career?

A: I want to work with anyone that is fresh and creative. I eventually plan to be a top dog in the music industry and have a distinguished sound from Texas. 

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