Interview With Ami From Distant Cousins

On July 14th, I had the opportunity to do an interview with Ami Kozak of Distant Cousins. I was working on The Edge, and it was a simple call-in interview. I think I mention the time confusion, as he's on the West Coast, and I'm in Chicago. 

A little about the band, from their Facebook bio:
The three songwriters/producers who make up DISTANT
COUSINS have more than enough musical and personal
connections to justify the name of their band. And their chemistry
was so strong that their first official writing session resulted in a
spirited song appropriately called “On My Way.”

“The excitement and enthusiasm of our working together was
immediately in the air,” says Ami Kozak. “We really felt like we
were on our way.” Based in Los Angeles, DISTANT COUSINS first
formed in late 2012 when Kozak and Dov Rosenblatt, childhood
friends from the East Coast, decided to collaborate.

At a private concert, they performed “When We Love,” a song that
Dov had written with Duvid Swirsky, another longtime friend,
musician and third member of the band.

Inspired, Ami offered to bring it into the studio to record and
produce the track. The sessions that followed were just as fruitful as
the first, resulting in an EP’s worth of alternative folk pop tunes that
are vibrant and heartfelt, and will sway your soul to the brighter
side of life.

Dov, Ami and Duvid each bring to the collaboration impressive
musical resumes.

Duvid’s musical roots formed growing up surrounded by music
in a small village in Israel. He co-founded the internationally
renowned band MOSHAV, who have sold over 100,000 albums
worldwide. Signing to Sony JMG in 1999 Duvid has created music
with Grammy award winning musicians and producers such as Ron
Aniello, Cliff Norrell, Rami Jaffee and Arron Embery.

Dov began his professional career in college with the band Blue
Fringe, releasing three independent albums and touring the world
for eight years. He co-fronts LA duo The Wellspring, whose
licensing success includes placements in hit television shows
HOUSE MD and COUGAR TOWN and they recently scored all
original music for upcoming feature film, COFFEE TOWN.

Ami began his career working independently for international
advertising agencies and music houses composing music for
companies such as Hallmark, Apple, Toyota, Cadillac, Chevy and
Best Buy. He released an EP as a solo artist with Mophonics Music
and Sound/Universal Music Publishing, and recently was featured
performing his seasonal single “It’s That Time of Year” live for
HGTV’s national holiday promo.

Combined experience and complimentary musical worldviews have
blended seamlessly in DISTANT COUSINS.

“I love the synergy of this group because we really do each bring
something different to the music,” says Dov, “Ami’s production
and engineering chops are stellar.” Ami adds, “Dov helps to get
our collage of ideas to a solidified song. He pulls us through the
inevitable hurdles and obstacles a new song will always present.”
Both love that Duvid’s raw and authentic approach brings a
down-to-earth sensibility to the music. “He has managed to
maintain a real organic connection to music throughout his years
of experience,” says Ami, “I love his instincts and the soul that he
brings.”

In their short time as a band, DISTANT COUSINS is already
showing signs that they are “on their way.” Their debut single, "Raise It Up," was prominently featured on USA's 'Graceland' and CBS's 'Criminal Minds.' Keep an eye out for much more music soon...