Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My real name is Daniel Baker, from the United States (California), born April 7th, 1988. I grew up being raised by my grandma as my dad had to work far away to provide and my birth mom abandoned me as a baby. Writing was always my way to express how I felt since I was about 9 years old until I started writing songs at 12.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I started writing actual song lyrics at around 12 and began recording songs with my friends my sophomore year of high school. I got my name Arez because I felt like I was misunderstood, and the best way to have someone understand me was for them to look up character traits of an Aries (I also happen to be an Aries). It pretty much sums me up and over time it turned into Arez Cobain to tribute Kurt Cobain since my music comes from a place of pain. I was deployed to Iraq for a year from 2007-2008 and I really spent a lot of time sharpening my skills as a writer/ producer, but it wasn’t until I returned back to the states at age 20 that I realized I had to take it more seriously because outside of shooting my gun, I didn’t have many other skills. I did some studio engineering work for Cashis of Shady Records as well as many others while I was saving up and working on my own music behind the scenes. It wasn’t until 2015 when I was featured on Cashis “Kingpin” song featuring myself, Young Buck of G Unit and June B that I actually was put out there as a music artist and not just an engineer behind the scenes.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I would say my genre is a mix of rap meets the blues meets rock. The concept and idea behind this song and video was based off true events that went on and are going through in my life. I felt it was important for people to really see what I was saying, not just hear it. As I have become more vocal in this fight for equal rights for Fathers, I began meeting many fathers who like myself, feel that they have no voice. I understand what it feels like to stand up to this systematic oppression that American Family Law and the judicial system have allowed. It truly is a crime against our civil rights not just as fathers, but to their siblings who the courts don’t consider. My 2 kids from a prior relationship don’t understand why they don’t get to see their sister anymore. I was tired of not being heard in court and decided to put it in a song in hopes that I could get a chance for people to hear my side and expose this broken system.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Obviously at age 29, I’m not where I would have wanted to be in my music career if I asked my 21 year old self, but more important to me was to not waste my kids childhood being selfish. I have over 300 unreleased songs that never saw release because I had to choose to keep a roof over my kid’s head and I have no regrets. We bought our first home recently and as a single father is something I am very proud of. I feel like I have put my dreams on hold for a long time and now I’m ready to show them that it’s never too late to accomplish your dreams. At this age, my view of what success means to me is a bit different though. If I can spread my message to enough people to create movements, change, and a voice for people who don’t have one, that to me is success. The music industry is filled with too many false promises, it’s better just to be confident that your doing it because you want to do it and you feel your speaking for a purpose, not for anything else.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I was actually on Facebook and heard the producer Alex Ibarra showing off the instrumental. I hit him up and was like, I’ve been waiting for the right beat to inspire me to write about what I’m going through, this is mine. He sent it over, I wrote it and recorded it at my home studio. Both of us are from Anaheim, Ca so it’s definitely dope for the unity to come together like that. He understood the message and beyond the music aspect it was so much respect between us as fathers. I listened to the track for a few days and sent it to a guitarists who I’ve worked with in the past and I knew he’d give it that “Arez” sound. I have to thank Rock Ali for always coming through and getting the record sounding top notch on the master and NVision MG for putting the video together.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

Professionally I’ve been in the music industry for about 8 years. Many ups and downs. You learn to love the ones who are still there once you’ve gone full circle on the ride. My future goal is to release this vault of music I’ve been creating and hope to get more exposure and put out more meaningful content on a consistent basis.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Life. Music is how I translate my emotions to everyone.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Just be true to who you are and let the music dictate what to write….it’ll tell you.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

That I hope that my music helps or helped them relate and cope with whatever they are going through in their life. To have compassion for the next person and try to see things from the other person’s perspective. Life is too short to live without love.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Don’t worry about what will sell, make the music you feel. That’s how you end up with no regrets.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I’m still new as an artist and hopefully all that comes, but if it doesn’t, someone pushing play and telling me I helped them cope makes it worth continuing. I have a full album coming this Spring and hopefully that is an introduction into who I am as a person and what beliefs that I stand for.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

I’ve been on a lot of blogs from the song I was featured on with Cashis and Young Buck from XXL to AllHipHop.com, to Thisis50.com to Hot New Hip Hop,Vlad TV, and been on several HipHopDX mixtapes the last couple years. I’m hoping now that I’m coming more into my own lane that they will support me and showcase what I have to offer as I transition into my own solo career and not just as a feature on someone’s record.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Honestly it all happens so fast, it’s like I black out. I can create a song from scratch and have it fully mixed within an hr or 2 and then later I can go back in with live musicians or singers and add to the post production, but getting my idea out is a pretty quick recipe which is why it helps to have my own home studio.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

J Cole, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Linkin Park and Eminem.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Young Buck, Baby Bash, Mann, Lil Flip, Trillville, Cashis… There’s a lot, some of these I haven’t released yet but will be in 2018 shortly. If I had the chance to collaborate with any artist in the future, I’d definitely like to do a record with Kanye because I feel like he has no boundaries when it comes to making music and that’s sort of how I am as long as we’re making good music.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

You can find me on all social platforms @ArezCobain . My website is under construction but will return Spring of 2018 www.ArezCobain.com

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Any digital platform. I don’t have much right now but if you send an email to ArezCobainMusic@Gmail.com with the subject “Mailing List” I will send you the free download to this song and add you to the mailing list so that when my debut album drops, you will know exactly where you can get it.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I’ve had many happy days so it’s tough to choose one, but I can say that there are many moments with my kids that replay everyday in my head when different things remind me of a past moment. My kids bring my happiest days. One of my saddest days was being told in court that I had no rights to my 1 year old daughter without doing anything to lose my rights. The state of California and Governor Jerry Brown continue to avoid these issues even after kids are being killed while in the system.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars I’d probably put it towards funding a campaign to create change in Washington D.C. for Fathers’ Rights. The remaining I’d invest into land/property because money doesn’t hold value as much as land/property over time.


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