Welcome to 52 Songs of Happiness, a journey into the world’s most exciting new music brought to you by Coca-Cola. All 52 artists have created an original track based on a location that inspires them musically. Our next two artists have crafted amazing songs inspired by two very different environments: the English countryside and New York’s party scene.

First up is Ozwald Bozwald, a New York-based recording artist, producer, and entrepreneur whose music has an electronic party spirit that will get your back bumping and your fist pumping. We talked to him about 52 Songs of Happiness and Coca-Cola Placelists.

Please introduce yourself and tell us about your music.

I’ve been making music and writing rhymes since the first grade, and I started DJing when I was 15. Over the years, my musical tastes have expanded immensely and that has reflected heavily in the music I make today. In a nutshell, I’m a pop-hip-hop artist with electro and rock undertones.

Tell us where you wrote your song "Nothin’ Like New York" for 52 Songs of Happiness?

I wrote it here in NYC in my recording studio. It’s easy to find inspiration when writing about New York because I just step outside my apartment and I’m in the greatest city in the world in the middle of all the action.

So we’re guessing you’ve chosen New York for your Placelist?

Correct! The greatest place on earth, period. I’m trying to find something I could say about New York that hasn’t already been said, but all the clichés are true. A city so good they named it twice.

Which person would you love to collaborate with?

I would collaborate with either Tone Loc or Young MC. Those were probably my two favorite rappers growing up and their records still kill it in the clubs today. I’d love to do a fun party track with them dudes, it would be game over!

Where would you love to play a live show?

I’d love to play a show for our troops overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan. They’re willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, so it would be a great honor to do a show for them. 

Listen to Ozwald Bozwald's Placelist, and check out his track "Nothin' Like New York" below: