Created on Sunday, 11 November 2012 04:38
Written by Jayne Kennedi
With eight grammy wins and some of the biggest R&B hits under his belt, Bryan Michael Cox is undoubtedly one of the greatest producers of our time. He has a distictive sound that has consistantly evolved, and changed the face of music through out the years. This creative sophistication is also very much apart of his perosnal style. We recently spoke with the mega producer about First of December and his take on fashion.
HC: How would you introduce yourself to someone who didn’t know who you are?
BC: I am Bryan (with a Y) Michael Cox…Grammy award winning producer, and songwriter.
HC: Would you consider yourself a fashion junky?
BC: YES!!!!! Absolutely! I am a fashion junky and a recovering shopaholic!
HC: How has music broadened your fashion knowledge?
BC: Music has exposed me to fashion in a more broad sense because of all of the traveling I have done for my career. I was always into whatever was popular locally, stuff like Girbuad Jeans and Jordan’s. Traveling, seeing the world has broadened my horizons, given me more individual style.
BC: I started firstofdecember.com when I was working Usher’s Raymond-vs-Raymond album. It started off as a blog, then evolved into more of a social media format… Now it is basically an outlet I use to express myself fashion wise, musically, and my everyday life… It’s basically my diary lol
HC: Looking at firstofdecember.com, I can tell that you are well versed in all things but none so prevalent as your affinity for watches. What is the new HAUTE in mens watches?
BC: Yes! I am a watch collector! I LOVE watches… If I had to pick one watch that is the hottest, I would say it’s the Rolex Yacht Master. I’m usually not a Rolex person, because the Rolex is such an expected brand to have once you get money but the Yacht Master is so versatile, you can wear it with a suit or jeans and T-shirt…it’s just a solid watch. I also am a fan of ANY Audemars Piguet watch…I am an AP FANATIC!!! You can never go wrong with Audemars.
HC: You have worked with some of the biggest artists of our generation. Have you taken any fashion cues from any of the greats (past or present)?
BC: Obviously, we borrow from the Rat Pack…the whole cleaning up nice thing lol… but we also borrow from one another…we are all looking at each other for cues. Jay-Z is looking at Puff, we are all looking at Kanye. We are all inspired by each other.
HC: What’s next for Bryan Michael Cox?
BC: What’s next for me is more music, more creating, and dissecting the business. Now that I have the formula for success as far as writing and producing, I want to work more on discovering and developing the “next big thing”. The new Usher, Mary J Blige, or Mariah.. they are legends and no one can ever take their places, but I want to discover the next new crop.
HC: Where can our Haute Chicagoans go to stay up on everything Bryan Michael Cox?