Jo Cocco – From Lyon To London, The Rise Of A Producer
“The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits.
It’s better keeping the roots alive, because it means better fruits from now on.
The blues are the roots of all American Music.
As long as American music survives, so will the blues.” – Willie Dixon
Jo Cocco has been noticed for his taste in Blues music. As a great influence in his music, he’s always spiced things up with a bit of a bluesy flavor. Today, he’s releasing his debut single, titled Let It Go, off of his first solo project, from his recently built production company Joozzy Records.
This new track showcases his love for Blues and Hip-Hop and how well can mix both of these musics. Old school with it, the tune sounds like a friendly cypher, where MC’s freely express themselves, have fun, carefree of any negative vibe.
He wrote, composed and produced an extremely catchy summer vibes track Let It Go, mixing Blues with Hip Hop, influenced by the 70s/ 80s and guitar sounds of e.g. BB King.
In Lyon, France, peers of his know his talent at the guitar. Playing it since he’s 2 years old, he matured his love for Blues and Reggae music. Multi-instrumentist, he’s also an acknowledged drummer. He does embrace the whole Hip-Hop culture as he’s kicking the drums to the beat.
In London, he can finally unveil his full potential as a producer. after an international success, having collaborated and toured with renowned acts such as Aloe Blacc and Gentleman (e. g. on Imperfection), Max Romeo, Cherri Voncelle, Sara Lugo and many more.
Wanting to face new challenges, Jo Cocco relocated from France to the UK in 2017 where he recently produced The Wise Bloods latest single Turn The Tide (as heard on radio BBC4).
Cocco is that hard-worker and a go-getter. Only focus on new goals and optimism, letting go of all the negativity, toxic mentality, and surrounding himself with people that cheer him up and motivate him to do best.
He then wanted to create a motivational cheer up song: “Let It Go is about accepting things you cannot change, letting go of negativity and people that are not good for you, thoughts that hold you back and instead trying to focus on the positive things in life. Take care of yourself, do your thing and go for your dream. Do that and you’ll see good things will happen.” – Jo Cocco
The song has come a long way since Jo started recording the beat in 2016/2017 in France. It was only in London that he finally found the voices he was looking for.
Supporting the local Hip Hop scene, Jo recruited three emerging London rap talents: HAM The Illustrator – Namibian-born rapper, activist and creative who also designed the cover art to Let It Go; MC Solomon – performing in the UK live scene for a long time; Hughdem – part of well-established Brixton Hip Hop collective AndWhat.
Together they finessed Let It Go, recording the final version in 2018, uplifting single, made of a great hook, catchy and joyful, with optimistic lyrics, pictures Jo Cocco’s tastes and sets as an accomplishment of a long time goal of his.