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Interview with Camryn
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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I knew I wanted to be a singer when I performed in front of my kindergarten class at my first talent show. I stood there like a twig and was absolutely terrified but I knew right away it was what I wanted to do forever. Before that I would always sing around the house making up songs as I went along. My family was very supportive from the start and I couldn’t have done any of it without them.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I love real estate and real estate development. I often spend a lot of my time collaborating with others and interior design has always been a creative outlet for me.
How long has music been your career?
I began my professional journey at 9 years old when I recorded my first demo. My first tour was when I was 11 year old. I have been pursuing my education during my music career as well. I just graduated with my Psychology degree so now I have more time than ever before to focus totally on music.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
Being born in Denver and moving to LA when I was 9 allowed me to experience artists varying from Janis Joplin to Justin Beiber.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
My very first show ever was in Utah and I got a bloody nose on stage. Luckily it was under control pretty well until I got off stage. However, I did notice a few girls in the front row trying to tell me something was going on that I couldn’t understand. It was embarrassing but now I look back and laugh. One of the best shows I ever played was at the Friends arena in Stockholm. There were over 50,000 people and it was the largest audience I had ever played for. Seeing that crowd of people and feeling the energy is something I will never forget.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I’ve been lucky enough to play at the O2 arena in London 14 times. I love the atmosphere of London and everyone has always been so welcoming there. The O2 is iconic and when I play there I feel like I am a part of history. I would really love to play Madison Square Garden, it is a major life goal of mine.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Avril Lavigne, Halsey, Paramore, and Panic at the Disco. These artists have shaped who I am as a person and where my music is rooted.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
Never give up. Always believe in yourself because your opinion is the only one that matters.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
The above. Trusting yourself and the process of your creative journey is the best gift you can give yourself.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I released a song in 2016 called Machines. It was the first song I recorded after diving into a two year process of really looking into myself and deciding for myself what direction my music would take.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
My favorite songs to play change as I release new bodies of work. With each ep or album my show essentially changes and I think every artist would agree that with each new album a new favorite arises. Right now my favorite song to perform is “Dance with Somebody”.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
I do a lot of my writing in the studio while I work with other artists and producers. I like to start with a basic music track to build off of. I feel it’s really important that you like the actual music in the background so that the writing comes out in whatever way the music wants it to. If you’re vibing with a slow track then you are more than likely going to write a slow or sad song. I’m also influenced by my mood that day and what experiences I am going through.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
I want to tell a story. I believe music like most art can be interpreted in a variety of ways depending on the audience. I like to share a story or experience that I relate to and I want the listener to relate to it in a way that they connect with.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
I wouldn’t call them disagreements. At the end of the day everyone is entitled to their own opinion but if you know how to talk openly about why you don’t like something or want to change something it’s very easy to work it out and you get to know the person you are collaborating with better. Usually, you end up with something better and more honest.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I’m back in the studio now and I hope to be out performing very soon while I continue to write and record. The pandemic came really quickly and I didn’t get the proper time to perform my album “Love Maps”. I can’t wait to start sharing this with everyone. Stay tuned!