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Kosha Dillz

 

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Where were you born?

Perth Amboy, NJ

 

You are Israeli. When did you family immigrate to the US?

1976

 

Where do you live now?

Korea Town, LA baby

 

When did you start writing?

17 was when I started to dream, but maybe even 16.

 

Where was your first show? Tell us a litle about that experience.

Ha that was at the Harvest Moon opening up for Afu-Ra. I remember that. I wore an ol NY Nets jump suit.

 

Congratulation on your new single “Hangin Out” coming out on itunes . Where were you the moment it was released and how was the energy there?

Basiclaly the video came out. Its taken an interesting turn becuase the success of it in sales isn’t where I want it to be, but the song moves every person who hears it. I think it will last forever though. Thats the main thing.

 

So… you “be hangin’ out” where exactly? Where are your favorite spots?

I m big in west pico LA. I love the beach as well.

 

On your twitter I saw you refer to your followers are Dillzionaires and Dillzionettes, has it stuck yet?

Not yet actually,. Dillzionaires are people rich in their own mind. I feel thats what I am. If you cant be a millionaire, you gotta be a dillzionaire. We are tryin to come up. Special people.

 

In what city have you had the largest dillizionaire turn out?

I feel the midwest has always been kind, as well as NYC and the south east. Omaha and Oshkosh are always great places.

 

There are lots of interesting characters in your Hangin’ out video,where did they come from?Friends? the streetz? casting?

Majority of my friend came from friendship, homies, roommates and craigslist.

 

The person I’d like to know about the most is the older gentlemen with the gnarly beard and snazzy cardigan. Is there a good story about him?

He was actually a homeless guy I hit off with 4 bucks to play the air guitar. Well worth it. I see hi on the streets but he doesn’t remember me now.

 

 

“All These Years” is my favorite song by you. I like the nostalgia in it and that its in Paris–such a nostalgic city. Did you go there specifically to shoot the video?

It was such an improv shot. Johanna Tordjman (mojo hanna) is really responsible for hooking it up. Those kids couldn’t speak English, but she really made it happen.

 

Tell us your best story of your time in Paris.

I think it was when i played Elysse Montmartre and then filmed the video the next day before my flight. I had gotten my passoort stolen in Greece and finally made it out of there with various clearances from the government and police stations. it was quite the trip. I got a new passport in France and made my show.

 

I speak two languages, and I find that being proficient in both takes a lot of effort. I read somewhere that you rap in three: Hebrew, Spanish and English. That’s amazing. You’re Jewish so that explains knowing Hebrew, but where did you learn Spanish?

Spanish I learned in School man. Public school in NJ is great. I’m really thankful for that, restaurants, and soccer.

 

In Kosha Dillz- Is Everywhere (official documentary trailer) you say, ” Judaism, I don’t push that on anybody, I push music on people.”It is true that you don’t push Judaism, but you do loudly represent your heritage. However, many Jewish people aren’t religious, are you?

I would say people mention me as too jewish for certain jewish situations and not jewish enough for others. Same concept as black people who hang with all white people, and then feeling uncomfortable around all black people. Its unfortuante that we do this t our own creed, but I am not ashamed to wear my differences on my sleeve. I try to make all that “in-between” comfortable.

 

Please recommend some of your favorite musicians now.

Robin Thicke, Kid Cudi, Haim, Capital Cities, and the trumpet player from Macklemore.

 

Where is the furthest you’ve gone on tour?

Alaska

 

Where are you touring this summer?

Hitting the road with Turquoise Jeep and Matisyahu as a guest emcee.

 

What are you working on now?

I just finished my LP, “Awkward in a Good Way”.

 

Finally, what is your life motto?

“and nothing else matters” – Metallica – EDDIE

 

 

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