Known as a prodigy for various reasons, the 10-year-old Producer, Artist, DJ, and Influencer Evan Kozin is arguably one of the most talented and dedicated artists of his generation. While he started DJing at the mere age of seven, Evan Kozin quickly became an official Hercules DJ Influencer, but later moved up to a Traktor Kontrol S4 and finally settled with a Pioneer DDJ1000SRT. The Southern California creator comes from a musical family with mixed African-American, Guatemalan, and European heritage.
Performing with his vocals or DJ skills at significant events across Southern California has led Evan Kozin into the industry with power. Also owning a passion for piano playing and classic vinyl, Evan Kozin's music mostly resides under the Hip-Hop and EDM category through his creations on Ableton Live, Launchpad Pro, and Logic Pro.
Some recent works of Evan Kozin's include the production behind songs like "Happy" by Journey Christine, "Scary Situation" by NGB.saUce, and "Nightmare" by Bimpin. Evan Kozin also began releasing his own music in 2019 with a cover of the Jonas Brothers' "Only Human," but Kozin is eager to release original pieces in 2021.
You can also see Evan Kozin in various commercials with Lexus and Samsung, not to mention music videos for Wiz Khalifa, DVLM, Gavin Magnus, and Coco Quinn. He also appears in the Brat's "Chicken Girls" Season 5. Having modeled for campaigns with Adidas, Kids Foot Locker, Guitar Center, C&A, Uniqlo, and Chili's, it's safe to say that this fourth grader is truly an artist to watch.
Make sure to catch Evan Kozin's original singles hit all streaming platforms in 2021, and be ready for the 10-year-old creator to leave you breathless.
Learn more about Evan Kozin's music here.
Hello Evan, we're genuinely impressed by the amount of industry work you've undergone at such a young age. When did you first realize your talent for music creation?
Although I always loved music from as early as I can remember, I had a real turning point in January 2018. That month, two things happened: I sang karaoke for the first time (on a cruise ship, remember those)? and my mom took me to NAMM for the first time. I fell in love with both so much, I knew I wanted to do music for life.
Seeing as you've participated in various events, campaigns, and musical creations, is there a particular experience that you gained the most industry knowledge from? I would say the experience of putting out my own song last year was the single thing that taught me the most about the music industry because I had no idea it was so much work and time just to put out one song. Writing the song, recording it, mixing and mastering, putting it out on distribution, getting it straight with publishing and my PRO, photoshoot, video shoot, cover art, and, of course, promoting it. Wow, I had so much more respect for all artists and producers after I went through that first-hand, especially other kids and teens like me doing it! As you're still relatively young, do you have any help regarding promotion and management? Do you have a team that helps you reach your opportunities? Oh yes, absolutely! My parents help me with everything and I also have wonderful management and publicity. I have also been blessed with mentorship, lessons, and guidance from several amazing musicians and music business people over the past 3 years. Do you have any advice for our younger readers who might be inspired to begin creating music themselves? How do you do it at the mere age of 10? 100%! If you're inspired to create music, definitely start right where you are. You don't need a bunch of expensive instruments or software to start - just go for it. I give very basic lessons and advice on my YouTube channel and TikTok (@evankozin), but there are a ton of other creators on both of those that offer so much amazing knowledge. Almost all social platforms give you the ability to follow hashtags and so, choose a few of those that you're really into (like #djtutorial, #pianotutorial, #abletontutorial, etc.). You can create music on your phone or computer and save up for an instrument or some turntables when the time is right. As for me, I'm able to do it because I'm super focused. I don't play too many video games or watch too much TV (although I love Among Us and watching NFL). I put away my phone and make a point to touch my music every single day: practicing, creating, or learning. It definitely helps to have my parents who help keep me focused because man, there's a lot of distractions out there! 2020 has been a very challenging year for everyone. What has been keeping you inspired to create music? What advice can you give another artist who's finding it difficult to do so? Yes, this year has been super weird! At first, I was really bummed because all the events where I was DJing went away and I even tried to DJ regularly on Instagram Live but kept running into technical issues that would end my Lives at the worst possible moments every time. Ha! But then, I realized the time off was actually an opportunity to practice and get better with so many other things I do like production and piano. So, I've taken a lot of this year to really get better, learn more and produce a lot. It's finally starting to pay off with placements for other young artists. I'm looking really forward to continuing this in 2021 and putting out more of my original songs, too! Hopefully, by the end of next year, things will start to get back to normal as far as events and DJing goes, but in the meantime, you can always catch my mini-sets on TikTok. Thanks so much, guys, and hope you have a great new year!