Brotherly duo, Cosmo and Patrick Liney, produce versatile music that combines a range of genres including hip-hop, pop, RnB and house. The Sydney-born band have had a whirlwind, recently performing their sold-out tour in Asia, as well as playing headlining shows in the US last year.
Likened to Mura Masa meets Disclosure with a dash of Flume, their talent is undeniable. The response to their debut album What Come Next has been phenomenal, we can’t wait to see Cosmo’s Midnight go from strength to strength.
We chatted to them about their musical inspirations when growing up and what they miss most about home when they’re touring.
Tell us about the creative process behind your music…
There is no super linear method to writing songs for us. Sometimes only one of us comes up with the core idea and sometimes we’re both sitting down and something just appears out of nowhere. I feel a lot of our musical process is just recognising when we’ve done the right thing and then running with it till we’ve exhausted the inspiration for that day. We try to find inspiration from anything wherever it be specific instruments or samples, or just listening to music outside of our own realm and interests to see if we can pull in something fresh that we may have overlooked previously. I find writing for other people much easier as there are often clear goals, however, when we’re writing our own music we often have to sit down and think about what makes the music we put out uniquely ours.
Who were some of your musical inspirations growing up?
Growing up we weren’t deeply interested in writing music, but we always loved The Neptunes and Timberland beats. We were just basic kids listening to the general stuff. Our parents were always trying to expose us to the music of their time like bill evans , jim hall and classic disco acts like the doobie brothers, sister sledge etc but we were too young to appreciate it at the time. I’d like to think that maybe a bit of that music worked it’s way into our records in some way.
You sampled a piece from NERD, is there a particular song/artist you would want to sample or collaborate with in your future music?
We don’t usually actively seek out samples, we just notice something hooky when listening to a song and would like to expand on it later if we get the chance. But in terms of collaboration I’d love to work with Smino, Daniel Caesar, Tom Misch, Jorja Smith, Rex Orange County, James Blake, Blood Orange, Robert Glasper. These are all dreams though, who knows what could happen!
What are you most looking forward to for your Euro/UK leg of the tour?
Just being here for the first time! We’ve never been to this part of the world before so we’re just really excited to see all these countries and kind of just be tourists and enjoy being somewhere new. It’s my favourite thing about touring and it’s such a gift to be able to go somewhere you’ve never been to perform for people.
What do you miss the most about Sydney when you’re touring?
Just my home life, the beach, my friends, just the lax comfort of being at your home base really.
What can you tell us about your debut album, What Comes Next?
What Comes Next is really a statement from us defining what we consider to be our most concrete body of work we’ve ever put together. The title itself was kind of us a question directed at ourselves asking about the potential of what could happen now that we have an album under our belt. Who could we potentially collaborate with, where our sound could evolve to next, it’s a great and exciting unknown that makes being in this industry so rewarding.
Is there a particular track you’re most excited to share from the album?
We’re honestly very proud of all of the tracks on the album but the track ‘polarised’ is the first time Pat has sung on a song of ours which was a crazy step up for us. Hopefully in means there will be more stuff like this in the future.
What would your advice be to anyone wanting to get into electronic?
Just focus on finding what your sound is, because that is uniquely your brand and what people will connect to. The technical skills will always come eventually so just work on trying to come up with some interesting cohesive ideas you can be proud of.
Who’s an artist you feel is underrated and deserves more attention?
There’s an artist from Canberra (Australia) called Genesis Owusu, I wouldn’t say he’s underrated as he’s on the climb now but he definitely deserves everything that comes his way. He’s like a beacon of creativity and is a genuinely unique artist that has an incredibly developed international sound, especially for such a young person.