A universe of talent from a Cosmic guy

Cosmo Jarvis has a whole lot of talent to bring to Byron Bay.
Cosmo Jarvis has a whole lot of talent to bring to Byron Bay.

COSMO Jarvis will be spending Christmas on a plane.

But he doesn't care in the slightest.

"None of my band really give a shit," Jarvis tells me from home in the United Kingdom where he's preparing to head off on tour.

"I'd rather be in a plane on my way to somewhere beautiful than in suicide central, where I am now."

Surely, I suggest, it isn't as bad as it sounds? Why don't you move somewhere else?

"I'm working on it," he laughs. "I live with the actors from the movie (The Naughty Room). No landlords would rent a place to a bunch of out of work actors."

Jarvis and his band are headed to Australia for an 11-date tour including Falls Festival, Southbound and the first stop, Byron Bay.

While here the band has only one day off. Which is hardly surprising considering Jarvis is involved.

At only 22 years old Jarvis released his third album, Think Bigger, this year. He also released his first feature film, The Naughty Room, countless YouTube videos and has written more than 300 songs in his career.


But that's not the extent of Jarvis's talents.

He's a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, director, scriptwriter, actor, performer and a really nice guy.

He not only directs his own film clips but he stars in them as well, including the popular single Love This, where he can be seen striding down a street in a devil suit.

And he's also played almost every instrument on Think Bigger. Is he a control freak? Or does he just love the process of creation?

"A bit of both I guess," he says. "I am a control freak and I've gotten used to doing it all myself.

"I love to contribute to the film ideas and I love acting in them.

"Plus, I can't get any more acting work anywhere else so I have to make it myself."

The film clip for Love This is done in one shot. But it took more than 22 takes to get it done.

"We started shooting the rehearsals so it's not just to do with the competence of the actors," he says.

Jarvis came into the Australian consciousness last year thanks to the rollicking sea shanty single Gay Pirates which landed him in triple j's Hottest 100.

His film, about a dysfunctional family (similar to his own upbringing in Devon, UK) was picked up by the BBC.

Having success in both areas, Jarvis says he doesn't favour either one.

"Film takes the longest," he says. "I'm mid-way through my second feature (Abandon Hope) and the writing process is taking months already. But I'm also ill-equipped to do it, so that's not helping. Where as I had done most of the tracks on my last album in three weeks."

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