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Interview with Gareth Campbell
Gareth Campbell was born and raised in Michigan. Most of the music he has released so far can be considered rock, but as he progresses in his musical journey, he has found himself crossing into other genres.
The music he writes is inspired by life experiences and those close to him, some of them very tough, others happy.
To date music continues to be an important outlet for this musical artist on the rise.
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I cannot imagine life without music. It sits right alongside driving a race car as a therapeutic activity. I started playing viola in 4th grade and pursued engineering in college. Music has always been by my side.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I like 3D design and 3D printing. It is very invigorating to take something from your mind or drawings and bring it to life. I have created useful products and it has even helped me repair cabinets and trash cans.
How long has music been your career?
I started pursuing it as a profession in 2020.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I have spent most of my life in Michigan and Washington State. I feel the people I spent time with had the most effect on my music tastes. A lot of the music I listened to growing up was folk, alternative, rock, R&B, and rap.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
This is fun because I haven't played live yet, so Honda Center, Red Rocks, The Gorge, Radio City, DTE (Pine Knob), Wharton Center (Michigan State University), and Comerica Park.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Shinedown, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Green Day, Disturbed, Maroon 5, Bad Wolves.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
Make every move with intention and seek mentors early.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
Go for this earlier. I feel like my parents knew from a young age this could be a calling, but professionally, I chose other paths for some time during college and beyond.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Yesterday and The Social Media. With Yesterday, the lyrics just flowed one night thinking back to a person from my past and I kept it as it was, musical poetry. I am so happy it turned out the way I envisioned!
Social Media is so important because it is something all of us are faced with in our daily lives. I want people to know I feel their struggle and it is important to talk about it so we do not become too detached from one another in real life.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
The creative process strikes for me at all times of day. As soon as a song idea comes to mind, I write it down to look at later. Sometimes, I will hear a song in my head while I sleep and I try to write it down as I wake up. In either case, from there, I develop a story and turn it into useful lyrics.
I have drawn the most inspiration from social issues and personal experiences.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
I want to share the feelings I experience in my daily life with the hope other people can relate to them. If it helps them through life, I have done my job. So far, I have shared messages of love, sorrow, regret, pain, excitement, disbelief, relief, and longing.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
You can prevent disagreements all together by listening to the other person first. Try to understand the what and why of their vision. Compare it with your vision. If it does not jive, offer to explain what you wanted and why you felt it worked. Then work on a compromise.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I plan to pursue The Voice auditions and pursue live performances in the coming year