Cohen Robinson trained singing big showstopping numbers from The Great White Way. Somehow, has opened for punk band The Plain White T’s without a tragic Orphan Annie haircut. His stage act combines dance, voice and a bit of theatrics…
You’ve opened for a lot of amazing people. What is your show like live?
My show is like a nonstop thrill ride roller coaster! I give the crowd more energy then they know what to do with, serenading my women with my soft vocal subtleties, then I switch to power vocals accompanied by power dance moves! I let all that I have to give out on every stage I perform on to garner respect and fan-for-lifeship, not only with my fans but other people who I’d hope to have as fans in the future.
How does your traditional style, performing arts high school training change your performance with more fun styles of music and dance?
Having attributes such as acting, playwriting and songwriting allows my thought process to flow freely in how I plan my shows and write my songs. My imagination is extremely vivid, so I let that be the driving force when writing lyrics. Dancing comes second nature to me so while you wont see a choreographed routine from me, yet I have an innate ability to come up with attention demanding dance moves. I feed off the crowd’s energy, letting my body move how the music catches me in that particular moment.
Were you ever bored at first when teachers told you to rehearse old music or theatrical productions and felt like you should have been trying to be Justin Timberlake?
I couldn’t say I was ever bored because I have such an appreciation for music history, and I loved to perform Broadway plays like Smokie Joe’s Cafe, West Side Story and Oklahoma!. I’ve know I wanted to be on stage since I was 3, so all through life, I appreciated learning about anything that I felt I could use later on in life to help me as a writer, performer, singer and overall entertainer.
How are you the same and quite different than your high school days in your mind set and goals?
I’m the same goofy funny dude in the front of the class, only this time, the audience is the world, not my peers and teachers. So I conduct myself with a lot more responsibility than when I was in high school. My goals couldn’t be any higher than they are now because the vision is clear and well planned out.
When I was in high school, I was a dreamer wondering how I could get “there” to be “seen on the big screen.” Now that I’m much older and experienced the ups and downs of being signed at 18 in the music industry, having no knowledge of what was going on behind the scenes of my own camp, just knowing I was a singer for a living, which wasn’t enough. I educated myself about how to be a businessman first, and the rest fell in line.
One of your top inspirations is Michael Jackson. What would you do if you were ever forced to live a life where your art was the last thing people mentioned about you?
That’s a great question, but my answer is such, having already experienced being told how I could speak in public, or keeping my personal life personal with girlfriends, etc., I’ve accepted that in a world of 7 billion opinions, you will never please everyone. That being said, I feel like everything that I release to the public will give people that insight or access into my personal life that they may want or feel entitled to as a fan. If the music I’m making should cause me to be remembered for other reasons than being a great musician and songwriter, I won’t have any choice but to change the music I’m making because the fans are the ones buying my artwork!
When have you ever received criticism, and how were you inspired by it to better your work?
I’ve received criticism my whole life in the form of teachers, my peers and my family challenging me to do better or be better because of the potential they may have seen in me before I did. Which in turn has molded me to live with a lifetime motto of C.H.A.N.G.E.: Changing Habits to Allow New Growth Exponentially. I let that motto be my driving force, whether I’m recording, performing, meeting new people, in my exercise routines, in every facet of my life.
What should people reading this do to improve themselves if they want to follow into an entertainment profession?
Educate yourselves as much as possible before you hit a single note! Because there are tons of singers in the world, young and old, with no business sense or experience. This profession takes more sacrifice, time, patience, courage, perseverance and drive than most other professions combined. So be prepared to fail and fail and again, while keeping a smile on your face and fail again. Mistakes will be made because were human. But if you don’t let those mistakes teach you the lesson you were supposed to be obtain, you will spend a good chunk of valuable time running in the life circle of disappointment, resentment to the world because you feel wronged by your own mistakes, don’t let it happen.
The cycle to success in this industry is simple, P.P.E.: Prepare, Plan, Execute. Prepare yourself for a lifelong journey of finding out about your true self and how strong you really are inside. Opportunity becomes a matter of should’ve, would’ve, could’ve without Preparation.