Dublin-born singer Cosha has one of those distinctive faces that you just can’t shake. But another reason you might feel like you’ve clapped eyes on her before is because this is definitely not her first rodeo.
Formerly known as Bonzai, the artist shook off her old pseudonym earlier this year, in favour of something a little closer to home: Cosha (similar in pronunciation to her real name, Cassia O’Reilly).
Insta-groove “Do You Want To Dance” immediately became a summer anthem, taken off her aptly named mixtape, “R.I.P Bonzai.” One door closes and another opens.
And the door is wide open for Cosha right now, with her particularly catchy brand of lustrous electro-pop – marked with distinctly cool R&B undercurrents, surging with pulsating beats and Cosha’s sultry, minimal vocals.
We chatted to the London-based artist on life, death, and rebirth…
What happened to Bonzai?
Her time was up, we had fun though.
You’re now Cosha, phonetically pronounced like your actual name Cassia – do you think your new sound is closer to who you are as a person?
I love dancing, loving and sexing and I’m a bit mad – they’re the parts of my personality that I want to show in the music right now, and I think it comes through. I hope it comes through.
How did you start making music?
I’d lie in bed and write lots of questionable songs. One of my best friends plays guitar and he’d lie there with me while I sang. I actually saw him in Ireland recently and we did exactly that, except we were lying beside the sea under a phenomenal starry sky.
You were born in Indiana and raised in Dublin – tell me how that shaped you and your music?
The scenery where I grew up in Wicklow is incredible. It’s all trees on lakes on mountains on waterfalls. Whenever I go home I always go back there to take in the fresh air and get a little inspired.
Who did you listen to growing up?
Many fabulous artists. At first it was R&B – lots of Ashanti, Destiny’s Child etc. Then I got introduced to some soul and hip hop – Biggie and Erykah sat closest to home. Then it was more experimental, indie types like Björk and Vampire weekend – two of my main loves.