ERIK COHEN wants to tread completely new paths in the future

02. December 2019

ERIK COHEN will in Zukunft ganz neue Wege beschreiten

Under the name Erik Cohen, the Hamburg musician Daniel Geiger has attracted attention with three outstanding albums that develop a new vision of German-language rock music: hard, uncompromising, dark - but also very classical and paying homage to the great rock gods of the 70s. This approach was unusual from the start and served Cohen - also known as Jack Letten, frontman of Smoke Blow - as a playground for experiments.

Musical Outlaw - ERIK COHEN combines Hardrock with German Lyrics

11. January 2018

Musical Outlaw - ERIK COHEN combines Hardrock with German Lyrics

Erik Cohen is an artificial figure, as the singer, who listens to the middle-class name Daniel Geiger, emphasizes time and again. "He's definitely a musical outlaw, who also goes through the wall with his head. Like 'Theo against the rest of the world'," he explains in allusion to the 80s film with Marius Müller-Westernhagen. Meanwhile, Geiger knows his way around artificial figures, and for many years he has headed his band Smoke Blow as frontman Jack Letten. When Smoke Blow decided to go into partial retirement in 2010 - they no longer release albums but still play concerts here and there - Erik Cohen was born: "Smoke Blow is punk, Erik Cohen is rock. But it is well known that these terms actually fit together quite well. It's all organic and not as far apart as you might think. Nevertheless, I consider Erik Cohen to be an independent design who from the beginning was not out to serve the smoke-blow clientele. On the contrary."