Hello everyone, my full name is Cody Apache Grosse. I’m a singer, songwriter, producer, and visual artist. I was born in Vallejo, California, raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and then I moved to Chicago three years ago by accident. It’s the best accident that ever happened to me.
When did you first start making music?
My earliest memory goes back to third grade when I took choir as an elective. I can’t remember the song, but one day in class, my teacher highlighted my singing, and it got me thinking more. Music was the one thing that made me feel special and it made me feel like I could do something with my life. From there it just continued to progress from there.
At what point did you realize you wanted to make this a career?
Growing up I always wanted to be a musician and truly believed that I would. But it wasn’t until I traveled overseas to play music in 2015 that I decided I would start my career.
I saw you took a few risks to pursue your music career. What were those risks?
I quit my job in advertising, broke off my relationship with the woman I loved, and sold every investment I had. So in a nutshell everything I had worked for up until that point.
With being a Chicago transplant, how difficult has it been navigating in the scene here?
After getting back from overseas, I spent my days at work and in my studio. I grinded for six months and out of nowhere I became a member at Soho House. That’s when everything changed for me. I started being surrounded by a ton of talented people and actually became one of the members of the very first music group at Soho. I was lucky enough to help create the first ever Soho mixtape. Now we are working on another one and all of the other Soho houses are following in our footsteps. I guess getting back to the question, no, it hasn’t been hard. Chicago feels like home now. I wasn’t someone who came to Chicago because I knew this place was going to blow up. I didn’t even know anything about Chicago. I didn’t come here to reap the benefits of the scene. I just accidentally stumbled here. This has all been by destiny.
After Her was your first project you released, why did you decide to remove After Her from your Soundcloud?
After Her was everything I was…up until this point. The project that I had created was really just to get out what I needed to. It was like my way of finding closure on who I used to be. I’ve always had a massive amount of anxiety and identity issues growing up. It was like a poison in my body. They still linger there. We never fully escape it. That album was my closure on who I was. I put it out and I put it out there and now I’ve opened up the doors to create who I am.
Your latest single, Brooklyn girl. Are you re-identifying your self with this new sound?
Maybe. Brooklyn Girl was more of an artistic piece. This isn’t a song that’s leading up to an album or anything like that. I just had this movie in my head and I wanted to pull all the aspects together and create it.
Can we then expect new music releasing? Are you scared or ready to release your new music?
Oh yeah, forsure. I make music every day. In my Ableton I have damn near like 150 projects. I have a pretty massive catalogue, but before I put music out, I want to figure out what songs make sense for where i’m at and what i’m trying to accomplish. I’m like 95% positive, that the next song that i’m going to drop is ‘Poison.’
I feel ready. Understanding the business side of things is the hard part though. I have these songs that I believe are special…I just want to make sure my ducks are in a row. So that way when I put a song out, it has listeners that are interested in what I’m doing. I already know what the next project is going to be. I don’t want to drop it though and only have 5,000 people listen to it. I want to be setup in a position that when I drop it, 5 million people hear it.
What are two things you want to accomplish by the end of the year?
I want to get a studio outside of my home. I have a collective now and I want to get an actual recording studio that I can do some damage in without having to travel. I want to have my team figured out. I already have my manager (Ben), but I want an agent, and just an entire team.
On the artistic side and release side, I want to maybe put out three singles and maybe a very small project by end of the year. But, I really want to make sure that these singles hit. The last year and a half was all about figuring out who is Apache Grosse going to be? Now this year is all about, who is Apache Grosse, so that Chicago knows.
When it’s all said and done how would you like to be remembered?
I want to be remembered in multiple ways. By the general public I want to be remembered as someone who helped change the world. I want to create music that helps people push the envelope. I want to be one of those people that make it and then make something of it. I want to be known as someone who created amazing art, but more importantly left something on this world that helped steer it back in the right direction. To the people in my life, I want you to know that this was for you.