Today we’d like to introduce you to Camden.
Hi Camden, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I grew up in a small town called Greenville, Illinois just outside of St. Louis. My parents were pastors of a small church in the St. Louis area, and music was always a big part of our home. When I was young, I was surrounded by gospel, soul, and jazz influences that ultimately laid the foundation for the alternative soul I make now.
I never thought being a songwriter/artist was a viable career path because I didn’t have any friends that did it. Living in a small town in the midwest, I think it just kind of sounded like fiction, or something far off in the distance that only celebrities did. So I studied music in school, but it was classically based and geared toward a career in education.
But eventually when life hit, and I was working a 9-5 that I was passionless about, I realized life was too short to not try. So I started cold emailing music producers that I googled or found on instagram. I made my first EP and it was shit.
But I became addicted to making music, and here I am years later, living in LA and getting to make music that I love.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I don’t think any particular thing I’ve worked on in music has ever gone perfectly smoothly or felt easy. There’s always adjustments that need to be made or setbacks due to life circumstances. So when a song or EP releases, it really feels like an accomplishment to have gotten everything to the finish line.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a music artist and songwriter within the alternative soul genre. I’d say my music has the melancholy of Chet Baker or Willie Nelson, with production nuances akin to King Krule, or Moses Sumney.
I’ve gotten some cool opportunities along the way. Some of my favorites include landing a spot on Netflix’s “Riverdale”, having my music played worldwide in Zara and H&M stores, and being featured on Spotify’s “New Music Friday”. I’ve also gotten to play some great shows opening for acts like Kota the Friend, X-Ambassadors, and Rayland Baxter.
Currently, I’m finishing an EP that will hopefully release at the top of 2023. It has a “no rules” joie de vivre that I’m hoping people find as refreshing as I do. It blends elements of soul, rock, and folk, while conceptually exploring my past, and present struggles with rejection, and the frustrations that we all felt during 2020.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
If people want to connect or support, they can follow me on social media at @camden_music. My music is also available wherever music is streamed or sold, under the artist name, “Camden”.
Link to stream my latest single, “Bad Days” below:
I’ll also be playing a show at “The Mint” in LA December 8th.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camden_music/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamcamdenmusic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/camden_music
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjh3zyB5ALRQ1l7cd6T8l0g?sub_confirmation=1
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/camdenmusic
- Other: awal.ffm.to/baddays
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