What’s your stage name? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?
My stage name is just my real name, Cameron Taylor. Not much of an origin just my birth name my mama gave me. I’ve considered changing my stage name before, but I haven’t felt called to change it to anything else, and I kinda like just using my real name.
Do you have a record label?
I do not have a record label. At this point I’m strictly independent but hopefully someday the right offer may come around.
What drew you to the music industry?
Music has always had a huge impact on me, wether I knew it or not, and I don’t believe I ever planned to make it as serious as I have, but it definitely has always grabbed my attention for as long as I could remember.
When and why did you start playing?
I started playing and writing music when I was about 15 years old, and I wasn’t very good. I kept at it though and it really has improved since I’ve started. I’m not entirely sure what attracted me to writing and making music, but one day I just felt like I could really do it and make something out of it.
Is your family musical? Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
My mom is a very musical and theatrical person. She was always pushing me to try the arts and be creative in different ways. My father on the other hand, wasn’t a very good singer and wouldn’t openly admit he was a fan of the arts, but he loves music and was always so well informed on the different genres. So combined, they both really expanded my palette in different ways.
Who are your favorite musicians? Groups?
I have a lot of favorite musicians, but I’d have to say that the ones that stick out are definitely Lecrae, Hopsin, Eminem, NF, Kendrick Lamar, Lauren Daigle, and America.
Who are you inspired by?
I’m really inspired by all of favorite artist, but Lecrae has always inspired me specifically, just with how he was able to show me that Christians definitely have a place in Hip-Hop and music in general.
Please explain your creative process.
My creative process is really all over the place. I don’t believe I ever really write a song the same, but normally I’ll be in my room, or maybe out somewhere and I’ll just start getting these lines, and I have to write them down. I usually save them for later, unless the words just start flowing then I’ll write and add as it comes, and I’ll either find a beat I’ve been working on, or I’ll make a beat and it’ll usually helps the rest of the lyrics fill in. However, this process can vary, as like I’ve said before, It’s really all over the place.
What’s an average day like for you?
An average day for me usually consist of schooling for most of the day, then coming home to rest and write a little, or make and manage my music. I also try to play video games when I have the chance.
Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?
I actually find it difficult to find collaborators to work with in my current position, but I have had luck with other artists before. The process can also be very different depending on what you all are willing to do for one another. When I collaborated with this one artist in particular, all I had to do was send in my vocals and he mixed and mastered the rest. But I don’t believe every collaboration will be as simple as that in the future.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans
I don’t really think I have “fans” just because everyone who does support my music, I have been lucky enough to meet a majority of them, and actually become friends with them. The best way to explain how I act with them though, is that I’m just myself.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
For someone who wants to follow in the same footsteps, I’d say they should just do it. Anything you may have doubts about or anything that you’re not sure of, just go and do it. Make sure that even if it sounds corny or cheesy, you should do it no matter what. Live shows aren’t always gonna be packed with screaming “fans”, or your music isn’t gonna always sell, but going out and doing something already makes you successful in this field.
Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition? What advice would you give to someone who’s nervous?
Yeah I definitely do get nervous, but honestly, if you’re nervous just pray. God has never failed to settle me down, and he would never fail to do the same for someone else. Get on stage with confidence and the crowds will love it.
How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, other jobs, etc?
I definitely find it hard to balance life along with the music, but I believe if you truly love it, you’ll always find time to fit it in there. I often find myself just wanting some down time and never finding time to write, but then out of nowhere I’ll write a song and be finished within a couple hours. So, it always balances out in my opinion.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
I don’t currently have any live shows, but I’m trying to book some starting in the summer, and I’ll keep people updated on that within my social media. I am also based out of Virginia, so anyone in the Virginia area, definitely should come out to a show!
Which songs do you perform most frequently?
Recently the songs I’ve been performing the most I’d say are my songs “Little Faith” and “Grey” and “Car Crash”. “Grey” is the title song of my album “Grey” and “Little Faith” is a highly requested song that seems to touch a lot of people. “Car Crash” is the song you might’ve heard, it is my newest single and has been loved by many at live shows.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music?
I feel like my music had evolved a lot since I’ve first started writing and producing, but I also feel like I have a long way to go. The cool thing about creating music is that I feel like an artist is never finished, and will never accomplish the feat that is music because of how different and infinite this art is.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
My music is available everywhere, from Apple Music, to Spotify, you name it. All my music is under my name Cameron Taylor, and I am on social media such as Twitter (@OfficialCAMBAM), Instagram (@official_cambam) and Facebook (OfficialCAMBAM). All those platforms are the best ways to stay informed about my music along with the website:
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
I’d like to thank my parents, family, friends, and girlfriend for loving and supporting me through all my music adventures, along with the churches and venues that have opened a stage to share my passions with others.
What projects are you working on now?
I don’t know for sure what is to come in the future, but I’m trying to aim to create another album, hopefully to release this year. For now, I’m just in for the ride and letting God direct me down the path to my future.