Ladies and Gentlemen allow me to share a tale with you about a young man from Lakeland, Florida with a dream. His name is Cameron King. Cameron’s dream is to make music for the masses to enjoy. Since the 19 year-old Floridian started his YouNow journey in August 2012, he currently has over 2100 fans on the massively popular social website. During the middle of his magical YouNow journey he had over 500 viewers watching his broadcasts a day. His viewership numbers have declined since then, but he wants to bring back up those numbers. This very talented musician would like share his love of music with others. Why? Not only music soothes and frees his soul, but it also takes him to a happy place. Cameron was so gracious to allow me to interview him so he can share his tale with you. Please enjoy.
#1: When did make up your mind and say: Music is my love and I want to do this for the rest of my life as a career?
Actually really,really young. Three years old um I heard Elvis on the radio. And after I heard Elvis, I started to sing, well try. It was terrible at first. It was like the worst thing that you probably ever heard. But yeah I started out singing Elvis and then after that as I got older at around like 7, I started to be an Elvis impersonator. And I was like you know what? This is what I wanna do. Because I love entertaining people and putting a smile on their face.
#2: Who are some of your most important musical influences (past or present)?
I have like a few. Right now my main musical influences are, I don’t know if it makes me sound like a douche bag because people are gonna say: “Awww man if you like John Mayer you’re a douche bag.” But it’s between John Mayer— like Stewie on steroids (Family Guy reference here): “I’m really into John Mayer right now” and Dallas Green of City and Colour. They are both really big inspirations for me right now. Because John Mayer got that you know bluesy pop feel and Dallas Green has this dark, acoustic, coffeehouse kind of sound. I don’t know I’m really into it.
#3: Where do you get your biggest inspiration to write songs? It could be a specific person or place that gives you the fuel to write.
My musical inspirations comes it really from life itself in general because I’ve lived a tough one like everyone else has. Everyone has their story and that’s where my music comes from. It’s a story. Me and my mom we haven’t always been on the best of terms. I never really met my father. He abandoned me before I was even born. It’s been tough growing up like that. So basically that’s a lot where my music comes from. That pain and through the past year it has been a lot. There is this song I wrote called “Home” and that was basically about even though me and my mom are not on the best terms, but I always tried with her because you know it’s my mom and I love her. And uh even though she decided to choose a man love over her son, you know it fuels me to write.
But there’s that and for also kind of inspired me into doing music was my father whom I never met. From what my family told me about him was that he was a musical genius. He you could give him any instrument, give him like 5 minutes with it, and he learned how to play it. He could sing anything you wanted him to sing. And I guess after they told me that when I was around like four or five I was like: Well if my dad could do it, then so can I. So basically that’s where music started for me.
#4: What three things do you believe would make a songwriter’s song so authentic to draw listeners to it? I know you said that the majority of where you get your inspiration to write songs comes from life experiences. So do you think life experiences are one of them?
That’s something for okay — it’s not for every artist. For Ed Sheeran it definitely is for him. You can definitely tell that he had pain and love and this and that. And that is what makes artists music so authentic for them because everyone expresses their pain or their joy different. It’s um like every book has a different cover. In every book you are gonna find a different story. How we get it out? Pop artists they pop it. Blues artists you know they got soul. Whatever speaks to your heart, because music is more than just sound. Music speaks to you.
#5: If you could describe yourself and your sound in five words, what would they be and why?
Awww man -laughs- uh
Crazy – That’s just me in general. I am a crazy person so that can easily come by my music.
Depressed – I actually suffer from depression and anxiety so that is something that I struggle with everyday. The way I found my way through it is music.
Happy – Music makes me happy. And that is what I usually do to get through the day and keep a smile on my face. I usually try to keep a smile on my face because I notice if you go around all day looking depressed everyone around you is gonna to be more depressed. It’s like a never ending cycle.
Hopeful – There usually is a lot of hope in my music. I am working on this one song right now. And basically it’s a song about saying sorry to everyone in my family that I have let down over the past few years. It’s called “Sorry If I Ever Hurt You.” It’s basically like an apology and looking towards the future thing. I am gonna be better. Like I have a lot of stuff planned for the future.
Soul – Awww man, ever since I was like okay I was about 13 when I first heard John Mayer, I started listening to all kinds of different—Bill Withers, B.B. King, uh Natalie Cole. I love soul music.
#6: Imagine being stranded on a desert island. If you had to choose from bring four of your favorite albums or an iPod chalk full of all your favorite artists, what would be your choice and why?
Um that one is so hard. It really is. Like I have such a wide genre of music I love. I mean I love everything. I love reggaeton, reggae, soul music, the blues, rock, and rap. If the iPod means more variety but if the other choice would be bringing records, then I would much rather bring records than an iPod. It would be a box of records. You can’t beat that classic record playing sound. The sound that it makes when you first put a record on the record player is soothing.
#7: What do you think is more important as an artist to do: Be signed to a major label and face the likelihood of having no artistic control over your music or become an independent artist while still keeping your artistic integrity intact?
That one hands down easy question, I would much rather do it all on my own. Like I cannot even fathom or understand any of these artists can just sign over their creative rights. Like that’s not even — you couldn’t call yourself an artist like Beyonce. She’s talented and fantastic but that song I think she got an award for some creative writing thing. Uh what is it? “Who Run the World (Girls).” You know how many people it took—she didn’t write that song. Three other people wrote that. It took three people to write that song (Correction: 6 people) and it’s repetitive. It’s the same thing throughout the whole song.
Freddy Mercury wrote an amazing ballad (Bohemian Rhapsody) all on his own that will last around the ages. Beyonce it took 3 people (6 people) to write one song.
#8: Share five things about you that your fans may be surprised to know.
#1: I am actually studying to be a hairdresser. And I’m straight.
#2: I can play 9 musical instruments (Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Harmonica, and Saxophone). I want really to learn how to play the Sitar. That’s on my list of things to learn.
#3: When I was 12 years old, I took Hip-Hop dance classes. My Aunt back in the day when I was a singer she was like: “NSYNC and Backstreet Boys they dance so you’re gonna sign up for a Hip-Hop class.” I didn’t have a choice. I used to hate it. I took the classes and I can kinda dance now.
#4: I love taking bubble baths with candles.
#5: I almost got a walk-on role for the Disney Channel show, “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody.” We couldn’t afford— I was living in South Carolina at the time. We could afford to go back and forth from North Carolina and South Carolina. And they were like: “Well you got the part, you just have to come back and audition one more time. They wanted me to come back to audition but we didn’t have enough gas to get there. So I didn’t get to go but I had the part.
#9: Where do you see yourself in your career in 10 years?
Hopefully successful, with my own house, uh four wives, and a butler named Chives. And then I am gonna hire a Mexican maid and name her Counsela. Even if her name is not Counsela, I am gonna name her Counsela.
#10: Is there anything you want to share with the readers or your fans about any upcoming events to look out for?
Any fans that live near the Lakeland, Florida area I will be doing my very first live performance at Evolution on Kentucky Aveunue. I will be there on the first Friday in July *July 5th* (His performance already took place). Make sure to check out my broadcast. I usually broadcast on YouNow in Music+ or Musicians Channel everyday from 4:00pm-5:00pm (EST). I always post on my Facebook page whenever I am on live.
So now ladies and gentlemen you know the curious tale of Cameron King. I would like to thank him for allowing me to interview. On Skype by the way! So he is the first person I did a Skype interview. He is a very talented guy! Make sure you check out the links below so you can either watch some of his YouTube videos or see him broadcast live on YouNow!
Follow him on Twitter: @CameronWTFKing
Subscribe to Cameron’s YouTube Channel mrcameronsings: http://www.youtube.com/mrcameronsings
Check Cameron’s past or future broadcasts on YouNow: http://www.younow.com/CameronKing#activities
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