Mikey Adam Cohen is a music/entertainment influencer firmly entrenched in smooth jazz/rock/hip-hop r&b and EDM. Mikey has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication design with an emphasis in media arts from California State University, Chico.-co-founder of smooth Jazz Live, an online contemporary jazz magazine. And large facebook group with over 30,000/members. A tv show co-host and social media concierge for Inside The Music On LA Talk Radio. Live in 164 countries. Also a long time history of activism. Lending his voice and mentoring to LGBTQ youth. Wanting to make a difference, he set out to work with then-Mayor Maureen O’Connor of San Diego to change our school system and the streets of San Diego by being a part of the Mayor’s youth summit. He recalls meeting with Mayor O’Connor in her office with others; they made changes in the school system to create a purpose-driven curriculum that can combat violence and gangs on our streets and in our schools, also making changes in arts, etc.
When did you begin seeing a significant following on social media, and which platform(s)?
Thanks for this interview. I started to see my followers go from 7,000 following me and 5,000 friends in the old facebook days to nearly 30,000. I’m an influencer on Facebook I would do anything for Mark Zuckerberg and his team for being innovative and giving me a platform to showcase the best entertainers of our generation. Facebook merged our pages together and forced us to be a like page. They made us lose all of are hard work images, posts, and 14,000 people following us. They didn’t even have a positive or apologetic statement for it when we wrote them. I read Stedman Graham’s book and it gave me a new outlook on the situation and the mission I had to endure for myself in order to succeed despite this setback.
His book taught me not to be remembered by my circumstances that were plaguing me but that my own mind and my discipline and work ethic will be what defines me. So I convinced my dad to join me. After all he got me started in the appreciation for music. This was our only chance to bond. He hates the rest of my soul. But we thrive together and our souls laugh and exhale when we listen to jazz. He retired and made this his full time partner in life. Mom and I often say all you love in your life is your jazz music. Well at least hes in love I kid her. So we rebuilt our blog and I got the opportunity of a lifetime to co-host my own show with the station owner Nelson Miller, our co-host Billboard superstar Aysha and myself and embark on a pro bono radio show heard all over the world and we showcased our favorites. a chance to be on the radio in…
If I remember correctly he talks about if I couldn’t change my mind to plant the seeds to grow and harvest myself and showcase myself as a blooming beautiful flower than I basically deserved to remain a root and alone. My identity and my purpose would be what defines who I am. Well god is good and Stedman is one super powerful living god himself. One day I hope to meet him and tell him how he changed my life.
HOW IMPORTANT IS A NEW ARTISTS’ DIGITAL PRESENCE (SOCIAL MEDIA ESPECIALLY) WHEN TRYING TO GET COVERED BY BIG MAGAZINES? DOES A STRONG PROFILE GIVE CONFIDENCE EVEN WHEN THERE IS NO HISTORY?
A new artist needs social media presence more than ever in this day and age. Unfortunately, if they aren’t good on social media and work tirelessly to enrich themselves in their fans lives, they will fail. I don’t care how good they are.
DO YOU THINK INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS COULD/SHOULD BE MORE PROACTIVE IN LOOKING FOR COLLABORATIONS OUTSIDE OF MUSIC TO REACH A BIGGER AUDIENCE?
Yes, collaborations are essential Especially with the ones they aspire to be like and a radio promoter is a must also. With those two and practice and incredible performances driven by purpose, they will do very well.
What is your biggest dream in life?
My dream in life is to be loved by myself as much as I love others and financially secure neither two have happened. I was born with a disability that binds me to its insecurities, My dream is to look as fabulous as I feel with help of a surgeon, then to throw purpose based music festivals that will move and inspire our youth that they to can accomplish whatever they want. I plan to have a better app and news website showcasing the difference between having the drive to succeed financially and letting your true purpose be your curriculum.
After years OF READING Interview/REVIEW REQUESTS FROM JAZZ MUSICIANS, WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE TO A MUSICIAN?
My best advice to a musician when I’m promoting them is to be in the moment, be present. Be mindful, and speak from the heart doing do a rehearsed version of yourself. Always invest in others and challenge your mind. Your older self will thank you for it in the end.
My Twitter is called @workin4good my Facebook and newszine is SMOOTH JAZZ LIVE, as well as my radio show turned TV show is called Inside The Music With Will Donato & Jack Cohen on LA Talk Radio. I’m an influencer with the TALK OF SAN DIEGO, Agenda Magazine. I am commissioned on creating art installations that are auctioned off for thousands for charities. This one featured here I was commissioned by Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Artist Of The Year, Rick Braun with his business partner Sandy Riser for their charity for autism. My best friend Emma Braun, Rick’s daughter is the inspiration behind it. She is a great example of someone blessed by purpose. My design/media co is called On Purpose Cre8TV.