Interview: Kim Cameron
[gallery type="slideshow" link="none" size="full" ids="129303,129304"] What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today? Wow, I would say making full-length feature films, but I do those too now! I guess, perhaps I would be aerial dancing full time. What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity? I love being a part of the rehearsal, performance, the studio …it is like going into a different world for me. The entire world stands still when I am able to immerse myself in music. When I get into that zone, it is very difficult for people to pull me out. Music is my drug. How long has music been your career? I have always had my toes in music (even started playing in the 2nd grade!). My original project, however, began in. 2008 with my first album ‘Contradictions.’ That feels like a lifetime ago after many, many tours, and 500 songs later! Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music? I moved to Miami Beach over 6 years ago, and I will never leave. Music is a part of the soul in the Miami area. You cannot go to a restaurant without hearing live music. It’s part of the culture down here, and it’s heavily influenced by the Latin music scene which adds this amazing energy. It’s hard not to be happy! This influence has definitely impacted how I perform, making me step things up a bit. Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played. My best shows are the biggest ones. I really love big crowds and big stages. Big stages mean, big sound, big lights and tons of room to perform at your best. Croatia, China, Miami, DR – all are my favorite shows. Worst shows – I am not sure I have had horrible shows. I had had challenging circumstances upon arrival which took a lot of creativity to make the show work. I can think of one where we had to find a soundboard 30 minutes before showtime. We ended up finding one in the middle of cornfields…but it was a challenge! Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already? There is a small bar in St Barth’s that was one of my favorite places because of the location and the local vibe, but as far as amazing stages, Croatia was in the middle of this old monastery on an island off the Dubrovnik coast. Super magical. If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket? Oh, I would love to play where Black Coffee and Kylie Minogue were a part of the line-up. How cool would that be??? What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music? Don’t worry about falling down. That is normal. Dust yourself off and try again. It’s very easy to get discouraged, but don't let that stop you. If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be? Never listen to small indie labels who attempt to tell you how the industry works. All they want is your money. I should have run... fast. Of your songs which one means the most to you and why? Oh, that depends on the day and my mood. Most of my songs are stories about me or my feelings/experiences. Falling Stars has a lot of great memories for me and always makes me smile, so if I were to think of just one that I like to turn to, it might be that one. (I guess I love to think about traveling with the stars.) Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most? Some of my acoustic songs are actually really fun to play. It’s nice to show a simple side to my music, like my song Forever. But, I love to step up the beat with ‘Now You’re Mine,’ during shows. What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music? People always inspire me. When I have that feeling or story, I almost immediately feel compelled to write it down. Within weeks, I typically find myself recording a new tune. What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music? I am known as a hopeless romantic, so my messages are always with love, and being loved. My favorite subject! And given the world today, it sure beats talking about anything else! Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them? I actually have never had a disagreement with any of my fellow songwriters on a joint song. I really like songwriters to have their space and so far, they feel the same way about me. I am a believer that each artist has a point of view in their creations that need to be heard.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I have a premiere! My full-length animation feature film that has already received 27 awards is premiering in Miami this Friday!!!! Go Seaper Powers!