photo by Dan Raff
Brooklyn’s Cosmo Baker is set to spin at the Wexner Center’s Off the Grid Party on Saturday, March 8th. Local support will be provided by George Brazil and Nick Toldford & Co. Cosmo Baker is a heavily revered deejay. Cosmo has been spinning for 23 years so unless you want me to include a 2000 page resume as a PDF let’s just say he helped found the World Famous dance party the Rub in Brooklyn, and is a Philly-Bred guy who has done mixes for everyone on the planet including the Roots Picnic. I interviewed Mr. Baker for the Columbus Free Press During the interview Mr. Baker spoke on the passing of Philly writer CR Star, and his own graffiti background. He also discussed devils, skateboading and Ohio funk. I figured the full interview would be of interest to the readers over here.
The event you are playing is a fund raiser for Art Education programs. What is the importance of art education to you?
Art is this intangible thing that moves the world. I mean art, in any form, moves people personally, and that feeling matriculates through relationships and families and communities. It’s such an integral component of human communication and interaction. And now these days when arts programs are being gutted from schools and for the most part young kids only exposure to are comes in the form of public art and advertising, it’s crucial that we all do our best to continue educating other about the importance of art in all aspects of society. So yeah, things like this mean a great deal to me. If it weren’t for my art education, I wouldn’t be the man I am today.
You are coming to Columbus, and I know you are a record guy… What are your top 3 Ohio Funk/Soul Records?
Dude that is NOT a fair question. I’ve said this so many times – Ohio is the funkiest state in the union! You have Roger Troutman. You have Slave. You have Bootsy Collins. You have Dazz. You have Heatwave! YOU CANNOT ASK ME TO JUST CHOOSE THREE. But, if I must, I’ll say The O’Jay’s “Darling Darling Baby” cause of the Philly connection, I’d probably say Ohio Players “Pride And Vanity” and then you have The Isley Brothers and I mean HOW CAN I CHOOSE ONE ISLEY BROTHERS SONG?!? Okay, The Isley Brother “Keep On Doin’” which is what I will pick at this very exact moment.