Harrison Cosmo Krikoryan Jarvis (born September 1, 1989), better known by his stage name Cosmo Jarvis, is an English singer-songwriter and filmmaker. In early 2008 he signed to indie label Wall of Sound and his debut album Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch was released on 16 November 2009. His first official single “She’s Got You” received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 as well as being amongst NME’s “10 Tracks You Have to Hear This Week”.Stephen Fry called “Gay Pirates”, Jarvis’ fourth single, “wonderful” and put a link to its video on his Twitter feed.Between 2008 and 2010 he performed shows alongside acts including Muse, Gabriella Cilmi, Gym Class Heroes, Panic at the Disco, The Sunshine Underground, Reverend and the Makers and The Holloways.
Cosmo was born in New Jersey, United States to an Armenian-American mother and English father.As a child, he moved to Devon, United Kingdom with his family. In his own words he has stated that he has no affiliation to New Jersey, except that “Kevin Smith was born there and I love his work”. Cosmo first started writing and recording music in his bedroom where he also began making his first films on VHS when he was barely twelve. His storytelling demonstrated an advanced level of sophistication, as was clear from the lengths that he would go to tell his tales; film the television and then film out of the window because that way he knew that he was telling a story.Cosmo released his self-titled debut album aged nineteen, having left education at Ivybridge Community College at sixteen to pursue a career in music and film, instead of choosing to attend a sixth form.
Jarvis confirmed his second album’s title was Is the World Strange or Am I Strange? on his official Facebook page.The first single released from the album is “Gay Pirates”, which was released on January 23, 2011. The single’s music video,which was directed by Cosmo, was a viral hit and was popular among celebrity tweeters such as Stephen Fry and John Barrowman. The song was featured as Record of the Dayand AOL’s Spinner video of the day.Gay Pirates was voted number 85 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2011, which aired on Australia day (26 January) 2012. The album itself was given a 8.5/10 rating from Soundblab album reviews.He announced in an interview with TNC that he had begun work on his first feature film called The Naughty Room.The film premièred on BBC Four on the 20/08/12, shortly after the release of Jarvis’ third studio album titled ‘Think Bigger’.Cosmo toured the UK in late 2012 supporting Mad Dog Mcrea for whom he penned the song Waiting on the Hill. Comedy film Hawk(e): The Movie (2013) features several songs by Cosmo Jarvis
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