If you haven’t jumped on the Coast & Ocean bandwagon, you need to. After touring the world off the back of his second EP, Doobies Girl, Coast & Ocean is proving himself as one of those artists to keep an eye on. 2017 has already been huge, and it’s only getting bigger for him.
Based in NSW, Coast & Ocean (Alex Johnson) has a style that can be described as ‘poetic surf hip hop’. This year alone, he has shared the stage with Aussie artists such as Lyall Moloney, Caravana Sun and Ziggy Alberts.
We caught up with Coast & Ocean to find out more.
Tell us about how you got into music and your journey so far.
I got into music when my friends let me play there electric guitar (because I didn’t have one). I use to write diss songs that got me bashed. I guess I never took being a songwriter seriously until 21. I’m 24 now. I have toured around the world and am currently pretty burnt out, I’ve probably played over 450 shows in the last 3 years.
How did you come up with the name Coast & Ocean?
I felt “Coast & Ocean” was just me, I had a dream to chase and found a new sense of self with this project.
You’ve been around the world for gigs. What’s your favourite thing about performing live and do you have any stand out shows that you’ve done?
I have a couple of highlights including Surfana Festival Netherlands and Mishma Festival in Terni, Italy. My favourite show on tour was a sold out show at “Beatz on a Boat” in Amsterdam. Favourite part of performing is playing with the crowd doing call and responses, getting them to dance.
Who are some of your biggest influences and what drives you to keep creating music?
Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick, Ty Dolla, Mac Miller, Kali Uchis / Alana Del Rae/ Lil Uzi Vert/ Lil Yachty/ Future, old 90’s rnb Faboulous, Baby Bash…. I’m all about making a vibe so Imma drive myself to make the dopest music I can.
What are the plans for the future?
Write write write write write write, With everyone I think is dope….. Write some more. Collab. Collab. Collab. Collab some more. Then Tour Tour Tour Tour Tour. Until I burn out again like I am now!
What advice would you give aspiring artists?
Dear all aspiring artists, set goals and do it. Just whenever you’re chillin, write music. Do it all day, everyday.