The 2nd annual Seattle World Tour is rapidly approaching and Cosmos will be performing at Central Saloon for the fourth night alongside other local talents. This is a groovy, spacey, jazzy-chord heavy hip-hop band that’s been making waves in Seattle since they won Seattle’s Sound Off! in 2016. You may already know the front man and young hustler, Campana, for his solo efforts around the city as of late.
I came out on a Friday night to catch a solo set from the homie Campana in support of Samurai Del’s Tangerine EP release. While sipping on a blunt outside The Sunset post-show we had a chat about the past, present, and future of Cosmos. Between light coughs, he gave me the cliff notes.
Campana came to Seattle right out of high school and began grinding on his musical career. When he heard of the Sound Off! competition he knew putting together a live band was integral. After asking a few friends and acquaintances about their interest in playing in a band he quickly found the initial line-up. After gigging around the city in preparation for the competition the band quickly found a tight sound. This led to them snagging first place at the competition with ParisAlexa taking second. First place gave them some prime slots at some big local festivals that shot up their career quickly.
In the last year Campana has been continuing to gig around the city as both Cosmos and solo. Busy schedules and different pulls towards personal creative endeavors have seen the original line-up of Cosmos see some changes. Original member Greg Maltsberger is still rocking the kit, with newer members Esau Flores on bass and Joe Simpson on keys. Their crazy sax player Daniel Leong still makes appearances for bigger gigs. In 2018 they played at Prince’s mansion, and in support of Lil B at Moscow’s Modest Music Fest. Catch the full story on Cosmos from their Band in Seattle episode below.
Cosmos Full-Interview And Performance On Band In Seattle
Campana told me that amongst the venues we’re showcasing for the Seattle World Tour the Crocodile, and Neumos have given him the biggest memories. He fondly told me about the times he’s spent performing and attending both venues as a fan and artist. Both venues have given Cosmos and himself big opportunities that he expressed ample appreciation about.
In 2019 you can expect to see some big plays from Campana’s solo-efforts, while working on new material with the band. In 2018 alone Campana has put out two EP’s, the most recent being Making Ends Meet and the Burner Tape. Expect to see some new visuals and singles for both his musical endeavors.
Catch Cosmos alongside Tres Leches, All-Star Opera, and Gypsy Temple at the historic Central Saloon in Pioneer Square for the second to last night of RMR’s Seattle World Tour! Grab your tickets now and bring donations for Mary’s Place if you can before January 11th!
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Friends! We will be apart of @allstaropera’s #SeattleWorldTour this coming January. Kickin off the new year with some new energy and live grooves. We’ll be showcasing some cuts from @campanazone’s latest EP, so make sure to check that out and catch em live on this date. See you there! Link in bio for tickets ✨
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